Directive 1998/30 - Common rules for the internal market in natural gas

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This directive was in effect from August 10, 1998 until June 30, 2004 and should have been implemented in national regulation on August 10, 2000 at the latest.

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Directive 98/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas
 
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 1998/30
Original proposal COM(1991)548
CELEX number i 31998L0030

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Key dates

Document 22-06-1998
Publication in Official Journal 21-07-1998; OJ L 204, 21.7.1998,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 12 Volume 002,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 12 Volume 002
Effect 10-08-1998; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 30
End of validity 30-06-2004; Repealed by 32003L0055
Transposition 10-08-2000; At the latest See Art 29

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31998L0030

Directive 98/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas

Official Journal L 204 , 21/07/1998 P. 0001 - 0012

DIRECTIVE 98/30/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 22 June 1998 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 57(2), 66 and 100a thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee (2),

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 189b of the Treaty (3),

  • (1) 
    Whereas, according to Article 7a of the Treaty, the internal market shall comprise an area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured; whereas it is important to adopt measures to continue the completion of the internal market;
  • (2) 
    Whereas, under Article 7c of the Treaty, differences in development of certain economies have to be taken into account, but derogations must be of a temporary nature and cause the least possible disturbance to the functioning of the common market;
  • (3) 
    Whereas the establishment of a competitive natural gas market is an important element of the completion of the internal energy market;
  • (4) 
    Whereas Council Directive 91/296/EEC of 31 May 1991 on the transit of natural gas through grids (4) and Council Directive 90/377/EEC of 29 June 1990 concerning a Community procedure to improve the transparency of gas and electricity prices charged to industrial end-users (5) constitute a first phase of the completion of the internal market in natural gas;
  • (5) 
    Whereas it is now necessary to take further measures with a view to establishing the internal market in natural gas;
  • (6) 
    Whereas the provisions of this Directive should not affect the full application of the Treaty, in particular the provisions concerning the free movement of goods in the internal market and the rules on competition, and do not affect the powers of the Commission under the Treaty;
  • (7) 
    Whereas the internal market in natural gas needs to be established gradually, in order to enable the industry to adjust in a flexible and ordered manner to its new environment and in order to take account of the different market structures in the Member States;
  • (8) 
    Whereas the establishment of the internal market in the natural gas sector should favour the interconnection and interoperability of systems, for example through compatible qualities of gas;
  • (9) 
    Whereas a certain number of common rules should be established for the organisation and operation of the natural gas sector; whereas, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, these rules are no more than general principles providing for a framework, the detailed implementation of which should be left to Member States, thus allowing each Member State to maintain or choose the regime which corresponds best to a particular situation, in particular with regard to authorisations and the supervision of supply contracts;
  • (10) 
    Whereas the external supply of natural gas is of particular importance for the purchase of natural gas in Member States highly dependent on gas imports;
  • (11) 
    Whereas, as a general rule, undertakings in the natural gas sector should be able to operate without being discriminated against;
  • (12) 
    Whereas for some Member States the imposition of public service obligations may be necessary to ensure security of supply and consumer and environmental protection, which, in their view, free competition, left to itself, cannot necessarily guarantee;
  • (13) 
    Whereas...

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