Since 1 January 2020, following the revision of the Electricity Regulation, Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have the obligation to reach a minimum level of cross-zonal capacity to facilitate electricity trading across countries.
When Member States or TSOs cannot comply with their obligations, they can, among other options, establish an action plan, or ask for a derogation.
Derogations allow TSOs more time to implement the necessary measures and being compliant, and they are granted for maximum two years. Action plans provide time to address structural network constraints, possibly requiring investment, over a longer time horizon (5 years). National regulatory authorities can grant derogations, while action plans are provided by the Members State.
To facilitate the monitoring of the European electricity market, the Agency is compiling all the derogations and action plans granted, as well as collecting relevant documents.