"The Energy Sector Inquiry: conclusions and way forward"*I. Introduction On 10 January 2007, after an 18 month investigation, the Commission published the final report on the sector inquiry carried out by DG Competition into the gas and electricity markets in the EU (Commission Communication COM(2006)851 and a more detailed Commission Staff Working Paper (SEC(2006)1724). This was part of the overall energy package adopted by the Commission as its key policy objective for the rest of its mandate. The sector inquiry plays a pivotal role in the package. Based on a vast amount of empirical evidence, a large part of which had never been gathered before with that level of detail and accuracy, it gives an in-depth analysis of the way European electricity and gas markets function in
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