The Gas Regulation anticipates the development of Network codes (NC) for cross-border and market integration issues, covering twelve broad areas for action. National codes could be developed by the Member states if those do not affect cross-border trade.
The regulatory policies (designed by the framework guidelines) in the twelve areas of action shall follow the objectives of the Gas Regulation and focus on non-discriminatory access arrangements. The network codes, which are technical rules turning regulatory policies into operational rules, follow the principles and objectives of the Regulation and aim at improving access arrangements in the internal market, as following:
Guidelines on CMP
As a first step in the process, the European Commission (EC) establishes a priority list of issues to be tackled annually. It then requests the Agency, for each topic, to develop non-binding Framework Guidelines within a six months period of time.
The Network Code may then become legally binding, following its adoption in comitology.
The drafting phases of both the Framework Guidelines and the Network Codes closely involve the Stakeholders, in particular via direct consultation.
The current areas of work concern capacity-allocation, interoperability, balancing and tariffs rules.