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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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17.07.2018

The FSR Director at IIEA | Listen to the podcast presentation from Dublin!

On 16 July 2018, the FSR Director gave a presentation at the Institute of International & European Affairs, Ireland’s leading think tank on European and International affairs. […] read more

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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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12.02.2018

Brexit & the Euratom Treaty, by Silke Goldberg

The Euratom Treaty, signed in Rome on 25 March 1957, established the European Atomic Energy Community, alongside the European Economic Community (EEC). Its function is […] read more

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Ensuring competitiveness and integrity of wholesale energy markets: the regulators’ view | Podcast with Clara Poletti

Competitiveness of wholesale energy markets is a fundamental goal of the EU since more than 20 years. Recently, specific pieces of legislation like REMIT have […] read more

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15.01.2018

The Opal Gas Pipeline

In this podcast, Szymon Zaręba from the Polish Institute of International Affairs discusses the legislative developments surrounding the controversial Opal gas pipeline. The Opal pipeline […] read more

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Restructuring the electricity industry in emerging countries

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12.12.2017

Ukraine’s Independent National Energy Regulator

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Energy Union Law

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4.12.2017

The Danish-German Cross-Border Auctions on Solar PV

In this podcast, Dijana Dmitruk, legal advisor of the Danish Energy Agency, discusses the Danish-German cooperation agreement for mutually opened auctions of solar photovoltaics (PVs). […] 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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