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European Union Electricity Directive
The European Parliament and Council Directive 96/92/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity. Its aim is to ensure the free movement of electricity by defining common rules for production, transmission and distribution across EU member states.
Under the terms of the directive, which came into effect in 1999, customers using 40GWh of electricity a year – about 25% of the market – were able to choose their supplier. From July 2007, at the latest, consumers in all Member States will be able to freely choose their gas and electricity suppliers.