National Commission for Energy Control and Prices (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 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’s strategic network
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.
Commissioners supervise the following fields of activities:
The Chair Inga Žilienė heads the NCC's work. Also supervises the issues concerning the activity of independent heat producers and estimation of district heating suppliers‘ submitted investment projects, examination of district heating consumers‘ complaints, 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 Darius Biekša supervises electricity sector;
Commissioner Viktorija Sankauskaitė supervises the examination of district heating consumers‘ complaints, the issues of heat distribution methods, drinking water supply and waste water treatment, transport and renewable energy sectors;
Commissioner Žilvinas Klimka supervises the issues of corruption prevention, examination of complaints on consumption and the examination of electricity and natural gas consumers’ complaints;
Commissioner Vygantas Vaitkus supervises the issues of legislation and law application and natural gas sector.
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.
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.