Formal consultation on the draft proposal for the Balancing Responsible party contract (BRP contract)

European Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 of 23 November 2017 on establishing a guideline on electricity balancing (hereinafter referred to as "EBGL") requires transmission system operators to submit the terms and conditions for the Balancing Responsible Party (BRP) to the relevant regulatory authority(/ies) six months after the entry into force of the regulation.

Pursuant to the relevant Article 18 of the EBGL, Elia, as the Belgian transmission system operator, must draw up the draft proposal for the Balancing Responsible Party contract (BRP contract) and submit it to the market parties for consultation.

It is important to note that the proposed contract is mainly a restructuring of the existing ARP contract, since the existing ARP contract already fulfils the requirements set out in the EBGL. The proposed changes aim to both align the terminology of the BRP contract with the new terminology as defined in the EBGL and ensure compliance with Article 18 of the EBGL. The proposed BRP contract also takes into account the proposed changes to the Federal Grid Code that will be consulted in parallel.

Documents for consultation:

Documents that are available for consultation:

  • Draft proposal for the Balancing Responsible Party contract (BRP contract) – only available in French and Dutch:
  • French:
  • Dutch:
  • Explanatory note on this draft proposal for the BRP contract – Only available in French and Dutch.

NB: If you would like to propose textual changes to the contract, please introduce these changes by using 'track changes' in the Word version of the consultation document, which was made available to facilitate commenting.

Consultation period:

The purpose of the consultation was to gather any comments from the affected market players.

The consultation period ran from 15 March up to and including 15 May 2018.

Questions regarding these documents could be sent to the following e-mail address:


The consultation report can be consulted via the following link :

Received reactions :

Submission to the CREG:

Following the public consultation, Elia submitted the proposal for a BRP contract to CREG on 18 June 2018:

  • PDF of the submitted proposal for the BRP contract (in NL or in FR)

On 28 March 2019, in accordance with the EBGL, the CREG requested Elia to modify this proposal by means of a Request for Amendment.

On 14 May 2019, Elia submitted to the CREG an amended proposal of the terms and conditions for balance responsible parties (T&C BRP), which contain the BRP contract.

Together with the amended T&C Elia provided an explanatory note where Elia provides additional explanation to specific questions from CREG’s RfA (Additional explanatory note in NL or in FR)

The T&C BRP were approved by the CREG on 27 May via the CREG decision B1913/2.

The approved proposal of T&C BRP will enter into force 3 months after the decision of the CREG and can be consulted on the webpage of the BRP contract.