The Pentalateral Energy Forum is a regional partnership between Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. It lends political support to a process of regional integration towards a European, reliable and sustainable energy market. Since 2005, the countries have been cooperating on the forum on a voluntary basis, taking pioneering initiatives on market coupling, supply security and a decarbonised energy system.
Energy ministers set priorities and monitor progress at regular intervals. Coordinators from the seven countries translate the priorities into concrete actions for the working groups and seek the active involvement of grid operators, regulators and market actors. The Pentalateral Energy Forum also keeps the European Commission informed of its activities. The Secretariat-General of the Benelux has been in charge of day-to-day continuity since 2005.
Today, the forum’s efforts are focused on risk preparedness, the design of electricity markets and accelerating the energy transition by removing cross-border barriers.