The Emergency Plan, in accordance with Article 10 of Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply and repealing Council Directive 2004/67/EC (EEL 295/2004), is established by the Regulatory Authority of Energy (RAE) after DESFA’s relevant proposal.
The Emergency Plan contains the measures to be taken to remove or mitigate the impact of a potential gas supply disruption and shall:
- build upon the three crisis levels: Early Warning, Alert and Emergency;
- define the role and responsibilities of System Operators, RAE, Competent Authorities and Natural Gas market participants at each of the crisis level;
- ensure that Natural Gas undertakings and Major Natural Gas Customers are given sufficient opportunity to respond at each crisis level;
- identify the measures to be taken to mitigate the potential impact of a gas supply disruption;
- establish detailed procedures and measures to be followed for each crisis level;
- define procedures to implement non-market based measures, ensuring that non-market based measures are to be used only when market-based mechanisms alone can no longer ensure supplies, in particular to protected customers;
- detail the reporting obligations imposed on Natural Gas undertakings at alert and emergency levels;
- describe the mechanisms used in case of requiring assistance from the European Union and its Member States.