Agency For The Cooperation Of Energy Regulators (ACER) Taps NASDAQ OMX's SMARTS For Pan-European Market Monitoring Of EU Wholesale Energy Markets

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NASDAQ OMX (Nasdaq:NDAQ) has been selected to deliver its SMARTS Integrity market surveillance system to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), a central EU institution in the creation of a Single Energy Market to the benefit of all EU consumers, to monitor the European wholesale gas and electricity markets covering both spot trading and derivative markets across Europe in accordance with the obligations under the REMIT legislation.

The REMIT legislation, otherwise known as Regulation (EU) No 1227/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency, came into force in December 2011 in order to prohibit market manipulation and insider trading in EU wholesale energy markets. ACER is the central EU institution tasked with the market monitoring of pan-European wholesale energy markets and with data collection from market participants as soon as the REMIT implementing acts on data collection apply, currently expected in the first half of 2014.

SMARTS Integrity — provided by OMX Technology AB and selected through an open tender in competition with a number of market surveillance providers — will provide ACER with a surveillance platform to address three top priorities the Agency considers essential in complying with REMIT. These are the ability to detect insider trading, market manipulation and attempted market manipulation across European markets. The solution will amalgamate trading across every European energy market under REMIT and provide ACER with a consolidated view on a pan-European basis. In addition to the ACER implementation, the system will be available for sublicensing to National Regulatory Authorities to enable them to meet their tasks in monitoring wholesale energy markets at a national level.

NASDAQ OMX's surveillance solution will support ACER in gaining consumer and other market participants' confidence in the integrity of electricity and gas markets, as well as ensuring prices set on wholesale energy markets reflect fair and competitive interplay between supply and demand, while stifling any profits gained from market abuse.

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