National Institutions and associations



The nature of Terna's activities imposes the need for involvement, participation and  constant dialogue with governmental institutions (Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry for Cultural Assets and Heritage), with Parliament (House and Senate of the Republic), and with national associations, which translates also into attendance at hearings, meetings, conferences and forums to promote shared interests. To this must be added continual discussions with the Regional and local authorities, which are carried out by Terna Rete Italia, for activities relating to legislation governing the industry, authorization procedures and consultations with local communities.

During 2012 the company was invited on several occasions to take part in hearings in Parliament on important questions of reference for Terna's operating context.

By way of example we can note during 2012:

  • the hearing at the Senate Industry Commission (March 21, 2012) regarding the proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and Council on guidelines for energy infrastructures. Terna is involved, together with the national institutions and the European Commission, in the procedure to define projects of common interest for the electricity industry, which will be eligible for authorization and regulation and for the new community co-financing instruments provided for in said regulation;
  • the hearing at the Budget and Finance Commissions of the House of Representatives on Italian Law Decree 21/2012 containing rules on special powers over corporate structures;
  • the hearing at the Senate Industry Commission (October 9, 2012) regarding the fact-finding investigation on the National Energy Strategy, the Government's planning document of reference setting forth the objectives and priorities for action up to 2020.

During 2012 bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister's Office and with the institutional world also intensified. These were on subjects particularly significant for the company and for development of the national electricity system.

Terna also began an ongoing dialogue with national institutions, in particular with the Ministry of Economic Development, in the process of drafting the European legislation of reference for the industry, promoting the involvement of national institutions in the activities of the Committee of Member States on questions relating to implementation of the third energy package (e.g. European network codes). Discussions also began with the European Parliament and with the Council of the European Union with the aim of contributing to the European consultation on the proposed regulations regarding energy infrastructures.