The European Commission published a statement on 29 May 2009 on the outcome of the European Gas Regulatory Forum, held in Madrid. The Madrid Forum concluded that work should begin quickly to implement rapidly the third internal energy market legislative package, which is awaiting final adoption (see Brussels Brief 3 April 2009). The Commission urged the regulators to dedicate resources both to establishing institutional arrangements and to trialling new processes in the time between the adoption of the third package and its entry into force. The Commission also told the Forum that it intends to review guidelines on gas network transparency.
The Forum identified capacity allocation and congestion management as the top priority areas for possible adoption of legally binding framework guidelines and network codes. The European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas proposed concrete measures intended to resolve issues relating to congestion, identified as one of the main barriers to cross-border trade.