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Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 189 b(2)(a) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament’s amendments to the Council’s common position regarding the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity. COM (96) 710 final, 12 December 1996

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untitled COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 12.12.1996 COM(96) 710 final -COD 384 OPINION OF THE COMMISSION pursuant to Article 189b (2) (a) of the EC Treaty on the European Parliament's second reading of the Council's Common Position for a EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL DIRECTIVE concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity Barbara Rectangle Barbara Sticky Note Completed set by Barbara User Rectangle . __r'. I I d ) ~ i \ .i '· EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM The present proposal for a Directive is based on Article 57 (2), Article 66 and Article 1 OOa of the EC Treaty. Article 1 OOa requires the co-decision procedure of Article 189b of the Treaty . The Commission presents its Opinion on the second reading of the European Parliament. 1. STATE OF THE PROCEDURE The proposal for a Council Directive concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity was presented by the Commission on 21 February 1992 (COM(91) 548 final - SYN384). The European Parliament gave its opinion in first reading on 17 November 1993. . It proposed numerous amendments. The Economic and Social Committee gave its opinion on 27 January 1993. The Commission presented an amended proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on 7 December 1993 (COM(93)643 final -COD 384). The Commission presented two working papers, the first on the Organisation of the Internal Electricity Market of 22 March 1995 (SEC(95)464 final) and the second on Small and very small electricity systems in the Internal Electricity Market of 10 May 1995(SEC(95) 685 final). The European Parliament commented on the second working paper of 1 0 May 1995 in its report of 7 February 1996 (PE 215.270/def) . The Council of the European Union has adopted a Common Position on 25 July 1996 (Doc. 8811/96 ENER 105). The Commission accepted this common position. on 26 July 1996 (SEC(96) 1409 final -COD 384), and informed the European Parliament of its

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