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5 September 2012

Elia signs memorandum of understanding with farmers’ organisations in Belgium Elia, the operator of Belgium’s high-voltage grid, signed on 5 September a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boerenbond, Algemeen Boeren Syndicaat and Fédération Wallonne de l’Agriculture on the installation and maintenance of high-voltage facilities on agricultural land. The new agreement between Elia and the farmers’ organisations covers two major areas: -

negotiations on and compensation for the installation of new above-ground and underground high-voltage facilities; negotiations on and compensation for damage caused by the installation of new facilities or the maintenance of existing facilities.

In cooperation with the organisations, a transparent negotiating framework and fair compensation rules have been developed with a view to maintaining mutual understanding between Elia and farmers. These rules cover both settlement and compensation in connection with the permanent use of farmland as well as settlement and compensation for damage caused by temporary works. The signing of the MoU should contribute to the successful implementation of the many new grid upgrades that often pass through farmland. These projects dovetail with the ongoing development of the high-voltage grid, supporting regional, federal and European energy policy. About Elia: The Elia Group is organised around two electricity transmission system operators: Elia Transmission in Belgium and (in cooperation with Industry Funds Management) 50Hertz Transmission, one of the four German transmission system operators, active in the north and east of Germany. With more than 1,700 employees and a transmission grid comprising some 13,400 km of high-voltage connections serving 30 million consumers, the Elia Group is one of Europe’s top 5 TSOs. It efficiently, reliably and securely transmits electricity from generators to distribution system operators and major industrial consumers, while also importing and exporting electricity from and to neighbouring countries. The Group is a driving force behind the development of the European electricity market and the integration of energy generated from renewable sources. In addition to its system operator activities in Belgium and Germany, the Elia Group offers businesses a range of consultancy and engineering services. The Group operates under the legal entity Elia System Operator, a listed company whose reference shareholder is municipal holding company Publi-T. For additional information, please contact Elia: Media: Lise Mulpas +32 2 546 73 75 Axelle Pollet +32 2 546 75 11 Investor relations: Bert Maes +32 2 546 72 39

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