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3.10.2018

The Irish Question: Brexit and the I-SEM

Brexit, the Irish Border and the All-island Single Electricity Market in Ireland: Challenges for EU Energy Policy and Cross-jurisdictional Regulatory Governance In this podcast, Dr. […] read more

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Topic of the Month

26.07.2018

Implementation Challenges: Private agreements

FSR Topic of the Month: Network Codes & Guidelines. A legal perspective. by Lavinia-Petronela Tanase (FSR)   Week 3: Implementation challenges. Private agreements Last week, the blog […] read more

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Tanase

Topic of the Month

19.07.2018

Implementation Challenges: Terms, Conditions and Methodologies

FSR Topic of the Month: Network Codes & Guidelines. A legal perspective. by Lavinia-Petronela Tanase (FSR)   Week 2: Implementation Challenges: Terms, Conditions and Methodologies. The EU […] read more

Energy Union Law

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Topic of the Month

10.07.2018

Network Codes versus Guidelines

FSR Topic of the Month: Network Codes & Guidelines. A legal perspective. by Lavinia-Petronela Tanase (FSR)   Week 1: Network Codes versus Guidelines Pursuant to the […] read more

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News

4.07.2018

The General Data Protection Regulation

The new European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018 across all EU Member States, has overhauled the EU data […] read more

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Publications

29.06.2018

All Things State Aid!

Do you want to find out more about EU rules surrounding State subsidies and how they play out in the energy sector? Access our latest […] read more

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Podcast

26.06.2018

Capacity Withdrawals in Electricity Wholesale Markets – Competition & Regulation

In this podcast, Panagiotis Tsangaris, alumnus of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, discusses the competition law and regulation issues that arise as […] read more

Energy Union Law

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Webinar

18.06.2018

EU Electricity Network Codes: Good Governance in a Network of Networks

FSR Energy Union Law Webinar Series with Saskia Lavrijssen & Thomas Kohlbacher (TILEC) This webinar will look at the development of the governance structure of […] read more

Energy Union Law

GDPR webinar

Webinar

18.06.2018

The GDPR and the Energy Sector

FSR Energy Union Law Webinar Series with Hielke Hijmans (Centre for Information Policy Leadership and Brussels Privacy Hub) In this webinar, Hielke Hijmans analyses the […] read more

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The Irish Question: Brexit and the I-SEM

- Energy Union Law

Brexit, the Irish Border and the All-island Single Electricity Market in Ireland: Challenges for EU Energy Policy and Cross-jurisdictional Regulatory Governance

In this podcast, Dr. Tanya Harrington delves into the complex geopolitical, economic, and legal issues surrounding Brexit and the Irish electricity market. Brexit potentially poses a number of fundamental challenges to Ireland’s energy sector, including security of supply, future investment into interconnectors, maintenance of emergency oil stocks, regional integration within the Internal Energy Market and of course most obviously, the future of the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland.

The question of the Irish border is intrinsically linked to the future of the SEM because Ireland and Northern Ireland jointly operate a single wholesale electricity market across this border. The future of the Irish border is also entwined with the future EU-UK trade relationship and it will continue to feature prominently over the coming weeks in the withdrawal negotiations between the UK and EU27. Having reached substantial agreement on the text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement last March, further work is required inter alia on separation and institutional provisions and the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland.

The timeline for the completion of these negotiations is extremely tight, with just a matter of months left to 21st January 2019, the date by the UK Prime Minister must make a statement to Parliament on how HM Government plans to proceed in the absence of a deal. One of the critical and most difficult areas that remains unresolved is that of the treatment of the Irish border post Brexit. In the UK referendum on exiting the EU, Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU by a majority of 56% to 44%.

After Brexit, Northern Ireland will be the only part of the UK to share a land border with an EU Member State.Today, the border is largely invisible. Once the UK leaves the EU, the land border in Northern Ireland will change from an invisible one to an external EU border. The UK Government’s decision to leave the Single Market and Customs Union means that, in future, different regulatory and tariff regimes could be in force on the island of Ireland. Without an effective border, goods could cross between Ireland and Northern Ireland without paying tariffs or complying with regulations on product standards. It is the future treatment of this new EU border that is at the heart of the Irish question.

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