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Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 143–156 | Cite as

Dis-harmony in European Natural Gas Market(s)—Discussion of Standards and Definitions

  • Peter Drasdo
  • Michael Karasz
  • Andrej PustisekEmail author
Article

Abstract

The European Union attempts to harmonise the European natural gas market(s). In general, this is supported on national levels. Nevertheless, such harmonisation is not yet fully accomplished: neither for the rules nor for the quality specifications nor for the physical quantities and their units. Even if the current economic impact of such dis-harmony is negligible, i.e. that market participants for the time being do not have to bear additional costs caused by the lack of harmonisation, participants in the commodity market are exposed to contractual risks. Potentially, this might lead to reduced competition and reduced liquidity of each single and the European internal market for natural gas.

However, as the costs for a potential harmonisation of European gas markets are estimated to be significant, the dilemma is evident and the ‘political’ solution of the ‘harmonisation problem’ will necessarily deviate from the traders’ one.

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Mangelnde Harmonisierung im europäischen Erdgasmarkt – Diskussion ausgewählter Standards und Definitionen

Zusammenfassung

Die Europäische Union ist bestrebt, die Regeln des europäischen Erdgasmarkts zu harmonisieren. Dieses Vorhabenwird von den Mitgliedsstaaten unterstützt. Allerdings wurde die Harmonisierung noch nicht vollständig umgesetzt: dies gilt sowohl für die Qualitätsspezifikationen als auch für die relevanten physikalischen Größen und deren Einheiten. Zwar sind die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen der mangelnden Harmonisierungnoch vernachlässigbar. Denn die Marktteilnehmer tragen zurzeit nicht derenzusätzlichen Kosten. Dennoch werden vor allem Händler dadurch vertraglichen Risiken ausgesetzt. Potenziell kann dies eingeschränkten Wettbewerb und eine reduzierte Liquidität der jeweiligen nationalen Märkte bzw. des europäischen Binnenmarktes für Erdgas zur Folge haben.

Daaber anzunehmen ist, dass die Kosten einer Harmonisierung der europäischen Erdgasmärkte hoch wären, ist das Dilemma offensichtlich und die „politische“ Lösung des „Harmonisierungsproblems“ wird nicht notwendigerweise der von den Händlern gewünschten entsprechen.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.The Energy House GmbHMünchenGermany
  3. 3.Hochschule für TechnikStuttgartGermany

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