The National Control Commission for Prices and Energy (NCC) is an independent national regulatory authority (in the European Union law's sense) regulating activities of entities in the field of energy and carrying out the supervision of state energy sector.
On February 10, 1997 the President of the Republic of Lithuania appointed the first members of the NCC.
The NCC was established under the Law on Energy. Since November 2008 the members of the NCC are appointed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on the nomination of the President of the Republic of Lithuania.
NCC mission is to ensure the quality and availability of energy services to consumers, creating equal conditions for all market participants.
NCC objective is to create a credible, independent economic regulatory framework of electricity, natural gas, district heating, drinking water supply and wastewater treatment sectors, which ensures the quality and availability of energy services to consumers.
The main directions of NCC activities:
- to protect consumer rights and legitimate interests;
- to ensure transparent, non-discriminatory, predictable business conditions in every energy sector, by promoting competition, self-regulation and technological changes;
- to increase efficiency of entities activities through economic regulatory incentives and implementing requirements for enforcement measures;
- integration into the EU's single market and regulatory space;
- transparent, open, flexible institution's activity.
Fields of NCC activities:
- natural gas
- centralized supply of liquefied petroleum gas
- renewable energy
- drinking water supply and waste water treatment
NCC's strategic net
The legal basis of NCC activities
The NCC is operating in accordance with the Law on Energy, the Law on Electricity, the Law on Natural Gas, the Law on Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, the Law on Energy Resources Market, the Law on Renewable Energy, the Law on Heating Sector, the Law on Drinking Water Supply and Waste Water Management, the Law on Public Administration, Resolutions of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Regulations of the NCC, the Operating rules of the NCC and other legal acts.
NCC is composed of 5 members, who are appointed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on the nomination of the President of the Republic of Lithuania for a 5-year term. Now NCC is headed by the Chair Diana Korsakaitė, appointed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on January 21st, 2010.
NCC’s decisions-making process
NCC's decisions are adopted at the NCC’s public meetings. The meetings is valid if at least four Commissioners take part in it, including the Chair. NCC takes decisions by voting. If the Commissioner disagrees with Commissioners majority opinion, he must verbally and (or) in writing set out his opinion, which will be recorded in the minute of the proceedings of the meeting.
NCC is a public administration authority accountable to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Each year, by May 1st, NCC releases its annual operational and financial report and submits it to the President of the Republic of Lithuania, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Financial and operational audit is carried out by the National Audit Office of Lithuania.
The organizational structure of NCC
NCC’s organizational structure includes departments with divisions and independent divisions, which are headed by the Director of administration. The NCC staff is composed of state officials (Chair and Commissioners), civil servants and employees working under contracts.
The Chair Diana Korsakaitė heads the NCC's work, also she supervises electricity and renewable energy sectors;
Deputy Chairman Darius Biekša supervises the issues concerning the activity of independent heat producers and estimation of district heating suppliers‘ submitted investment projects, the methodical and practical pricing issues of district heating and hot water supply sectors, and also the issues concerning scope of the Law on the Energy Resources Market of the Republic of Lithuania;
Commissioner Viktorija Sankauskaitė supervises examination of district heating consumers‘ complaints, the issues of heat distribution methods, drinking water supply and waste water treatment, transport sectors;
Commissioner Žilvinas Klimka supervises the issues of corruption prevention;
Commissioner Vygantas Vaitkus supervises the issues of legislation and law application and natural gas sector.
NCC administrative competence
NCC employs high quality employees whose competence and experience in energy field are highly valued in Lithuania and international organisations. 100 % of NCC employees have higher education degree (or equivalent level of education) and 1 employee has Ph.D. In order to develop the competencies of employees and improve customer service quality, during 2010-2012 two projects funded by European Union funds were implemented.