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Act No. XL of 2008 on natural gas supply and Governmental Decree No. 19 of 2009 (I.30.) implementing the provisions of the Act.

Document type
2008 (2013)
Authorization/permit Data collection/reporting Energy conservation/energy production Internal trade Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings Natural gas Institution Transport/storage
Geographical area
Eastern Europe, Europe, Europe and Central Asia, European Union Countries
Entry into force notes
The consolidated version of the Act and of the Decree entered into force on 1 January 2014.

The purpose of this Act is: to create an efficient natural gas market; to exercise the principles of energy efficiency and conservation in the interest of sustainable development; to supply natural gas to the consumers in a safe and smooth way, of adequate quality and at a transparent price; to integrate the national natural gas market into EU markets. The Act must be applied to: (a) the transport through pipelines, the distribution, stocking, trade, consumption and use of natural gas; (b) the operation of natural gas supplying systems; (c) direct services on the site; (d) the installation and operation of direct lines; (e) the development of infrastructures; (f) the supply and distribution of petroleum gas; (g) activities subject to licensing in the field of natural gas supply. The Act consists of 19 Chapters (and of 159 Articles) dealing with the following matters: introductory provisions (Chapt. 1); activities of the natural gas industry (Chapt. 2); promotion of competition on the natural gas market (Chapt. 3); users and consumer protection (Chapt. 4); connection, access and capacity purchase (Chapt. 5); establishment and operation of transport and distribution pipelines and of storage capacity (Chapt. 6); system balance, supply disorder, crisis, resctriction (Chapt. 7); measurement and accounting (Chapt. 8); price regulation and monitoring (Chapt. 9); business regulations (Chapt. 10); licensing (Chapt. 11); sanctions (Chapt. 12); partition of activities (Chapt. 13); common rules concerning certain events subject to corporate law (Chapt. 14); data supply, secrecy, information management (Chapt. 15); legal status, duties and competencies of the Hungarian National Energy Agency (Chapt. 16); mandatory provisions (Chapt. 17); transitional provisions (Chapt. 18); final provisions (Chapt. 19).

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References - Legislation


Directive 2009/73/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas and repealing Directive 2003/55/EC.

Legislation | European Union | 2009

Keyword: Natural gas, Energy conservation/energy production, Authorization/permit, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, Transport/storage


Council Directive 2004/67/EC concerning measures to safeguard security of natural gas supply.

Legislation | European Union | 2004

Keyword: Natural gas, Energy conservation/energy production, Institution


Implemented by

Decree No. 265 of 2009 (XII. 1.) Korm. of the Government regarding restrictions of natural gas consumption, utilization of the safety stockpiling of natural gas and other necessary measures to be taken in case of natural gas supply crisis.

Legislation | Hungary | 2009 (2015)

Keyword: Early warning system, Natural gas, Data collection/reporting, Classification/declassification


Amended by

Act No. CCXVII of 2012 on the participation in the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and in the implementation of the Effort Sharing Decision.

Legislation | Hungary | 2012 (2013)

Keyword: Air quality/air pollution, Authorization/permit, Climate change, Data collection/reporting, Emissions trading, Access-to-information, Monitoring, Policy/planning, Offences/penalties, Polluter pays principle, Pollution control, Registration, Royalties/fees, Hazardous substances, Emissions, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, International relations/cooperation


Act No. CXXVIII of 2011 concerning disaster management and amending certain related acts.

Legislation | Hungary | 2011 (2013)

Keyword: Data collection/reporting, Hazards, Governance, Hazardous substances, Early warning system, Basic legislation


Act No. XXII of 2013 on the Hungarian Utilities and Energy Control Agency.

Legislation | Hungary | 2013

Keyword: Institution, Governance