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EU Gas ‎Network Codes

6 March – 8 May 2019 | Online

The new FSR online course has been designed jointly by FSR and ENTSOG to provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge about the EU Gas Network Codes (NC).

Week by week, our experts will guide you through all the levels of details – how the NCs are developed, what practical implications they have to the creation of the EU internal gas market and what challenges and benefits stem from their implementation. The course gives you a unique opportunity to learn from the experts actively involved in the development of network codes – national TSOs and ENTSOG.

The online course on the Gas Network Codes comprises a general introduction and five modular lessons on the adopted NCs and guidelines. Every lesson includes an introductory video lecture, online assignments and quizzes, forum discussions and weekly live classes with the instructors.


  • Background

    As the European energy market is more and more interconnected, the accomplishment of EU-wide rules facilitating cross-border gas flows is increasingly important. On the basis of the third liberalisation package, the European Commission, ACER and ENTSOG were tasked with developing a unified set of rules concerning the integration of the gas market as well as system operation and development – the network codes (NCs).

    Currently, European NCs and guidelines are near to being entirely implemented in all EU member states. They represent an important and unique achievement of setting rules for the internal energy market for which, at once, they form the pre-condition for harmonised rules for the market functioning, for system operation and for smooth transmition.

    Their implementation requires an important effort from many participants of the market and – particularly from TSOs and regulators – sound competence and specialised resources.

    Therefore, ENTSOG and the FSR have combined efforts in setting up a training course for NC implementation.

  • Course objectives

    • Promote the gas regulatory knowledge about the rationale and scope of the EU gas NCs in the EU gas markets
    • Facilitate the understanding of gas NCs’ regulatory background, linked to their practical implementation in various EU member states
    • Support the ENTSOG mission of promoting the completion of a EU single internal market for gas and stimulate cross-border trade
    • Offer a dialogue between participants and ENTSOG experts on various aspects of the gas NCs design and implementation processes.
  • Structure of the Course

    Welcome to the course with Ilaria Conti (FSR)
    Live class: 6 March 2019, 14:00 CET

    Week 1: Capacity Allocation Mechanisms NC with Andreas Martens and Irina Fix (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 13 March 2019, 14:00 CET

    Week 2: Congestion Management Procedures with Andreas Martens and Irina Fix (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 20 March 2019, 14:00 CET

    Week 3: Balancing NC with Arjan Kleine (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 27 March 2019, 14:00 CET

    Week 4: Tariff NC with Laurent Percebois (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 3 April 2019, 14:00 CET

    Week 5: Interoperability NC with Antonio Gómez Bruque (ENTSOG)
    Live class: 10 April 2019, 14:00 CET

    Week 6: Transparency and Functionality Platforms with Kathrine Stannov and Irina Fix (ENTSOG)

    Week 7: Mastery Challenges
    11 – 19 April 2019
    Deadline to submit the Mastery Challenge: 26 April 2019

    Mastery Challenge 1: CAM NC (Andreas Martens and Irina Fix)
    Live class: 7 May 2019, 14:00 CET

    Mastery Challenge 2: Tariff NC (Laurent Percebois)
    Live class: 8 May 2019, 14:00 CET

  • Target group & Levels

    This course is aimed at professionals seeking a better understanding of gas network codes and their importance to the development of the EU internal gas market.

    In particular, the training is addressed to the interested public, that means to people sufficiently knowledgeable about the gas market and gas systems but without any specific knowledge of NCs regulatory background and operational details about their implementation.

    Participation in the course is however open to anyone who wishes to get a deeper knowledge on EU gas NCs, e.g. NRAs, governments, academics, media outlets, students, European associations, companies and stakeholders.

    The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:

    • 1) Investigator (learning goal: to learn and understand the content of the Gas network codes)
    • 2) Advocate (Investigator + discuss and debate the network codes with colleagues and field specialists)
    • 3) Master (Advocate + take a mastery challenge, analyse and attempt to solve/improve a European level real life case and receive feedback from the specialists of the particular case)

    The amount of time required to take this course depends on the aimed course level as well as the level of expertise in the subject prior to joining the course:

    • Novice to Investigator: 4-6 hours/week
    • Novice to Advocate: 6-8 hours/week
    • Novice to Master: 8-10 hours/week
    • Expert (Advocate level understanding of the topic) to Master: 5 hours/week
  • Learning approach and course activities

    The course is a highly interactive experience. While it takes place completely online, it makes use of the social possibilities of in-class instruction through modern online tools and media.

    The learning content is divided into 7 lessons, and at the core of each lesson is a live online class with the instructor. The class draws on your progress and input, addresses the points you have defined as significant during the module and allows you the perfect opportunity to have a real influence on the content.

    In addition, you will have all the online tools at hand: you will watch videos, take part in forum discussions, access diverse reading material as well as take quizzes and polls. During the course you will have a chance to work on cases discussed in the world of natural gas together with the specialists of the field.

    This prosumer approach to learning guarantees the best possible learning outcomes. This course is designed to stimulate the discussion and to provide a forum where different stakeholders can share their experience and best practices stemming from the implementation of the network codes.

  • Course Director

    Ilaria Conti is Head of Gas at the Florence School of Regulation.

    Her main fields of expertise concern EU institutional relations and EU electricity and gas regulation. She spent about 9 years in Brussels, working for the Permanent Representation of Italy at the EU, the United Nations and, from 2005 until 2013, for EFET, the “European Federation of Energy Traders” covering various positions within the association. She has been EFET Communications Director and Policy Advisor for the EFET Gas Committee, Task Force Iberia, Task Force CEE and the EFET Board.

    In 2008 she founded EFET Italy, which she led until 2013. Representing EFET, Ilaria actively took part in the consultative processes with the EU Institutions – leading to the development of major EU regulations and Directives such as the Third Energy Package, the RES Directive, EMIR, REMIT, Security of Supply regulation. At the same time, she contributed to the implementation process of EU energy regulation in several EU countries, by facilitating the exchange of best practices and engaging in a continuous dialogue between the energy industry and national authorities such as Ministries, national TSOs, NRAs. Before joining FSR, she worked from 2013 until 2015 for ENOI S.P.A., where she covered the new role of Institutional and Regulatory Affairs Manager.

    Ilaria joined FSR in 2015 as Energy Policy Deputy and in 2017 she was appointed Head of the new FSR Gas area.

    She has been the Managing Editor of the IAEE publication “Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy” until 2016 and participates as a member of the Advisory Panel for the CEER study on “Future role of gas from a regulatory perspective”.

  • Course Certificates

    At the end of the course, the participants can earn a Certificate of Attendance, a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Excellence, depending of their performance and engagement throughout the course.
  • Fees

    • General fee: 700 €
    • Students fee (with certificate of current studies): 400 €
    • ENTSOG staff/members fee: 400 €
    • One free seat for FSR Energy Donors
  • Cancellation policy

    Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course.

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