The Roundtable of European Energy Industrialists (hereafter: Roundtable) supports the development of an integrated energy market for electricity in Europe by developing, where necessary, the network of interconnectors and appropriate market mechanisms and the maximum integration of renewable sources of energy.
The main aim of the Roundtable is to provide a forum for the leaders of its member companies (coming from European energy producers and transmission and distribution system operators as well as technology providers) to share experiences, and to reach out to other stakeholders sharing the same visions for a more integrated and energy efficient Europe. At the same time the Roundtable recognises the existing regulatory framework and other applicable legal restrictions.
The Roundtable is registered in the European Transparency Register. The Roundtable will apply best practices in transparency in its activities and will not work on issues relating to market sharing or price fixing.
The Roundtable consists of companies producing and/or distributing or transporting electrical energy and/or energy technology providers in Europe.
Its main activities and statutory aims are:
The Roundtable carries out its aim by, in particular, developing policy positions, responding to queries from the EU institutions, holding regular public meetings and meetings of expert committees and participating in events organised by the EU institutions.
Member companies shall abstain from exchanging views, opinions and information on business practices and commercial strategies of their companies that can be relevant from competition perspective.
Structure of the roundtable
Roundtable of CEOs
The Roundtable of CEOs is responsible for defining the general policy orientations and for deciding on all major strategic and financial matters. It shall direct all activities of the Roundtable through the elaboration and the monitoring of the implementation of an annual work programme defining priorities of the Roundtable, meetings, chairmanship and relevant guests as well as budget.
The Roundtable of CEOs shall consist of one authorised person per member company, in capacity of (i) the CEO, (ii) a member of the board or (iii) any holder of a proxy granted by a member company to represent it at the Roundtable meetings.
It is anticipated that the Roundtable of CEOs shall meet at least twice a year. Each member company shall be present at these meetings or provide for a valid excuse. Unrepresented member companies should be duly informed about all decisions taken during a meeting.
All decisions are to be agreed by mutual consent.
The Roundtable of CEOs shall be headed by one elected representative (Chairperson). The Chairperson is appointed among the CEOs of the member companies. The Chairmanship shall rotate every 12 months among member companies based on a two-year rotation list to be agreed unanimously by the Roundtable.
The Chairperson is responsible – with the support of the Secretary and Secretariat – for the overall planning and strategy relating to the preparation of the Roundtable meetings, including its agenda setting and moderation. The Chairperson represents the Roundtable externally, first and foremost, in high-level preparatory meetings with third parties invited to a Roundtable meeting (e.g. European Commission).
The Chairperson also oversees the Support Group and liaises with the Secretariat on all activities on behalf of the Roundtable.
The Support Group
The Support Group consists of one representative (the Sherpa) per each member company, appointed by the management of the respective companies.
The responsibilities of the Support Group are to develop political statements and policy positions to be approved by the Roundtable of CEOs and to support the implementation of the annual work programme.
The Support Group shall meet on a regular basis and at least four times per year in order to assist in preparing the Roundtable of CEOs.
The day-to-day management of the Roundtable is entrusted to the Secretary of the Roundtable. Currently Tor Eigil Hodne of Statnett serves as the Secretary. The appointment of the Secretary lies with the Roundtable of CEOs. The Secretary shall be supported by his local organisation in Brussels (the “Secretariat”).
The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Roundtable under the strategic framework set by the annual work programme.
In particular, the Secretariat shall be responsible for:
Candidates for membership must submit an application in writing to the Chairperson of the Roundtable. The decisions regarding the admission of members or any change of membership status shall be taken by the Roundtable of CEOs.
Candidates for Membership must fulfil the
The Roundtable’s financial resources shall consist of membership fees paid by the member companies of the Roundtable in accordance with these internal rules.
All member companies shall pay an annual membership fee based on calculation rules determined by the Roundtable of CEOs.
Any company admitted as a new member of the Roundtable in the course of a financial year shall qualify for a pro rata reduction of its fees according to the date of admission to the Roundtable.
Resignation and Discharge
In case of resignation, a member company should notify the Roundtable of CEOs of its decision with a six months notice.
A member company may have its membership discharged by decision of the Roundtable of CEOs for one of the following reasons:
When discharged by decision of the Roundtable of CEOs, a member company shall be deprived of its voting rights but shall be entitled to present its view, if it so desires.