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Electricity and gas package adopted

The European Commission has adopted the third legislative package for the EU Electricity and Gas markets. This will also be in force in Norway, as the country is an integrated part of the internal market for energy.

21/09/2007 ::

The recently resigned Minister of Petroleum and Energy Odd Roger Enoksen has had a close dialogue with Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs during the process.

– The package is in line with what Piebalgs has already communicated, and will, as far as we can see, not affect Norway, says Enoksen to the Norwegian news agency NTB.

– In the main, we have implemented what was in the package already, and our gas pipes will not be affected, he says. – As a contracting party of the EEA Agreement we are not to be considered as a third country and we have a good relationship with the EU in this field.

President of the Commission José Manuel Barroso highlighted two areas of the package when presenting it at a news conference September 19. First, ownership unbundling is preferred. Secondly, the President emphasized the article on ownership of gas pipes and electricity grids of third countries; the Commission demands that these companies comply with the same set of rules as companies within the EU.

The third legislative package, press release etc.

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