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Background and history

Provisions related to the framework guidelines and network codes are embedded in Regulations (EC) No 713/2009 and (EC) No 714/2009.         
Article 6(3) (a) and (4) of Regulation (EC) No 713/2009 as well as Articles 6 and 8(1), (2) and (7) of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 provide the procedure applicable for the adoption of the framework guidelines and the network codes.           

The areas in which the framework guidelines and network codes are to be adopted are listed by Article 8(6) of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009. 

Those areas are namely: 

  • (i) network security and reliability, including technical transmission reserve capacity for operational network security, 
  • (ii) network connection, 
  • (iii) third-party access,
  • (iv) data exchange and settlement, 
  • (v) interoperability, 
  • (vi) operational procedures in an emergency, 
  • (vii) capacity-allocation and congestion-management, 
  • (viii) trading with regard technical and operational provision of network access services and system balancing, 
  • (ix) transparency, 
  • (x) balancing, including network-related reserve power, 
  • (xi) harmonised transmission tariff structures including locational signals and inter-transmission system operator compensation, and
  • (xii) energy efficiency regarding electricity networks.
Fo​r information related to the adoption of Network Codes, please consult the European Com​mission’s webpage dedicated to the Electricity Cross-Border Committee.​       
The following pages provide information on the development history of the three families of network codes:      
Market Network Codes