Gas Infrastructure Europe is a representative organisation towards the European Institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union) as well as the European bodies of regulators (ACER, CEER) and other stakeholders.
GIE was formally established on 10 March 2005 as a legally independent and non-profit association with official articles of associations. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels (Avenue de Cortenbergh 100). The GIE President is Mr. Torben Brabo.
GIE – Gas Infrastructure Europe – is representing 68 member companies from 27 countries, gathering operators of gas infrastructures across Europe: transmission pipelines, storage facilities and LNG terminals.
GIE aims to find market-based solutions in order to best meet the interests of the network users; with regard to regulated activities of our members we advocate a stable and predictable regulatory framework consistent throughout the European Union in order to create an environment that facilitates investments. This is of particular importance since infrastructure is a prerequisite both for security of supply and for creating competition. Only if investments into infrastructure and the creation of new capacity are sufficient in order to cope with the rising demand for natural gas can natural gas remain a cornerstone of the European energy mix.
GIE is promoting interoperability of the European gas systems to enhance cross-border gas exchanges through the work done within GIE on this issue and in cooperation with other stakeholders.
The GIE objectives comprise mainly but are not necessarily limited to those listed:
GIE is the umbrella organisation for its three subdivisions
GTE – Gas Transmission Europe
representing the Transmission System Operators (TSO)
GLE – Gas LNG Europe
representing the LNG Terminal Operators (LSO)
GSE – Gas Storage Europe
representing the Storage System Operators (SSO)
The management of the classical natural gas market we see to be developed under the Natural Gas Area. The existing market and its regulatory design are very mature and requires its own focus. Markets in some regions should be finalised, and the CCE/SEE prospects should have more focus
Relation with ACER/CEER and policymakers (ad-hoc) on natural gas
We introduce a new area, the Hydrogen Area, where the role of new gases on a wholesale level will be tackled more in depth. Such change is born from the EC decarbonization process, the EC System Integration and Hydrogen strategies.
We introduce a new area, the Disruptive Energy Area, where the more disruptive, decentralised and circular technologies and markets should be assessed.
The technical work addressed so far under the System Operation Area, together with the GIE Maps and Transparency will be covered under the existing System Operation and Development Area.