About Functionality Process

Dear user,

Welcome to the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform. This Platform is a focal point for issues related to Network Codes (NCs) and Guidelines (GLs).
This document provides general and practical information about access to and the treatment of issues notified via the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform.
For fully detailed information on the purpose and scope of the Functionality Process and access conditions to the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform, see the Terms of Use.

1. FUNCTIONALITY PROCESS

The purpose of “The Functionality Process for Gas Network Codes” is to handle issues which are related to the way of working of the various NCs and GLs on gas transmission by involving stakeholders, National Regulatory Authorities and Transmission System Operators. The process is aimed at reaching proposal(s) for issue solution from ACER and ENTSOG on the cross-border, regional and European issues.

Within the Functionality Process, Stakeholders are provided a possibility to raise and discuss issues related to the NCs and GLs as well as being involved in elaboration on the proposal(s) for issue solution.

2. SCOPE OF JOINT FUNCTIONALITY PROCESS

The scope of the Functionality Process is limited to the issues related to or derived from the NCs and GLs. The assessment whether the issue falls under the scope of the Functionality Process is done during the validation step. The criteria for validation are included in Terms of Use.

This voluntary Functionality Process is not a substitute for a formal network code amendment procedure.

3. ACCESS TO THE GAS NETWORK CODES FUNCTIONALITY PLATFORM

In order to report an issue, you must first register on the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform.
As a principle, issues can be raised by any relevant entity, as defined in Terms of Use. Therefore, while everyone can access the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform, only eligible users may register and report an issue.
Eligibility criteria are detailed in Terms of Use. Additionally, you will find in these Terms of Use the details of information available for registered and non-registered users.

4. PROCESSING OF REPORTED ISSUES

The Functionality Process consists of coordinated joint collection, validation, categorization, and prioritization of issues as well as coordinated joint elaboration of solutions.

  1. Collection involves on-going reviewing of the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform and picking up of reported issues.
  2. Validation is an assessment whether the issues fall under the scope of the Functionality Process (for validation criteria see Terms of Use).
  3. Categorization iincludes grouping of the issues into following categories:
    • National issues, affecting only one Member State;
    • Cross-border issues, affecting two Member States without further European relevance;
    • Cross-border issues with further European relevance;
    • Regional issues;
    • European issues.

    As a main principle, issues which can be solved locally will be handled at that level. National issues, affecting only one Member State, or cross-border issues, affecting two Member States without further European relevance, are sent to the relevant National Regulatory Authority(s) and/or Transmission System Operator(s).
    Cross-border issues with further European relevance, regional and European issues are further prioritised.

  4. Prioritization includes ranking of issues in their order of importance and urgency (e.g. low, medium, high).

Decisions on the validation, categorization and prioritization are made on a monthly basis. The prioritized/selected cross-border, regional and European issues are sent to the relevant ENTSOG Working Group and ACER Task Force for development of the solutions.
At the end of the Functionality Process, when ENTSOG and ACER agree on a solution, it is commonly recommended and approved by the relevant decision making bodies of ENTSOG and ACER, and then published.
Stakeholders will be involved in the development of the possible solutions. In order to facilitate this, the Functionality Process will include stakeholder workshops as well as stakeholder consultations. The location of workshops will be decided on an on-going basis according to rotation principle between Ljubljana, Brussels or a particular region related to the issue. The web stream of the workshop shall be provided.