Market integration through 'network governance': the role of European agencies and network of regulators

M. Zinzani

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The institutional design of EU energy and telecoms regulation has evolved in the last two decades. Mechanisms to encourage cooperation between national regulators have progressively been established: first, loose networks of regulators, then enhanced networks of regulators and eventually stronger and more formal forms of coordination, through European agencies or other new institutional models. In the energy field, a true ‘networked’ European agency has been created: the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). In telecoms, a two-tier institutional structure has been set up: the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the Office. The features of ACER and BEREC show the intention to institutionalise the existing networks of regulators and confer a higher status upon them, with a strengthened and recognised position in the EU. However, this process raises concerns of legitimacy and accountability.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Vos, Ellen, Supervisor
Award date15 Nov 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-17-8068-128-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • EU market integration
  • European agencies
  • networks of regulators
  • ACER

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