Qestions & Answers Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform
A: The Functionality platform is about the implementation and functioning of the network codes – and will be aiming at finding pragmatic solutions/guidance on stakeholder issues within the framework of the existing network codes. If the functionality process indicates that a solution can only be achieved by changes to the code in question, then the normal process for code amendments is to be followed. The right of stakeholders to suggest amendments directly to ACER is not influenced by the new platform.
A: Issues can be reported at any time. Once a month ACER and ENTSOG will jointly discuss the validation, categorisation and prioritisation of these issues. The development of a solution for an issue will depend on the complexity of the issue.
A: The criteria for prioritisation will take into account the overall impact of the issue, for all stakeholders as well as for the market. Furthermore the urgency with which the issue has to be solved will be taken into consideration. Concrete criteria for the prioritisation might be further developed within or after the pilot phase.
A: Issues which turn out to be more national than European in character will be sent to the concerned NRAs and/or TSOs for follow-up. It would be good if the results of their dealing with these issues would come back to the platform.
A: For the time being such a functionality is not included in the platform – if stakeholders find it helpful it may be included in the future.
A: Yes, as an entity directly engaged in the gas market this will be possible.
A: It is the intention to make public the commonly agreed solutions, and therefore this will also be available for ICT professionals. The process as such will be open to the companies, institutions and associations directly involved in the gas market or its regulation.
A: Please contact the support team of the Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Contact page and explain your situation and how your business area is affected by the implementation of a Network Code. We will consider your case and give you feedback as soon as possible.