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Public consultation

Permit granting procedures for energy infrastructure projects

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Consultation period

From 01/03/2011 to 30/04/2011

Policy field(s)

European energy strategies, Sustainable energy, Renewable Energy, Gas, Electricity, Security of supply, Energy infrastructure

Target group(s)

Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, citizens, consumer organisations, trade unions, NGOs, environmental organisations, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens

Objective of the consultation

Adequate, integrated and reliable energy networks are a crucial prerequisite not only for EU energy policy goals, but also for the EU's economic strategy. Developing our energy infrastructure will not only enable the EU to deliver a properly functioning internal energy market, it will also enhance security of supply, enable the integration of renewable energy sources, increase energy efficiency and enable consumers to benefit from new technologies and intelligent energy use.

However, the time between the start of planning and final commissioning of a power line is frequently more than ten years. A long and uncertain permit granting process was indicated by industry as well as TSOs and regulators as one of the major reasons for delays in the implementation of energy infrastructure projects, notably in electricity.

As outlined in the Communication "Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond - A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network" (COM(2010) 677), the European Commission has put forward a strategy for a new European energy infrastructure policy to coordinate and optimise network development on a continental scale, considering i.a. various measures to improve the permit granting process. 

Following the Communication, this public consultation aims at identifying possible measures which could be proposed by the Commission in order to ensure that the energy infrastructure needed to make our networks fit for the 21st century will be built in time.

How to submit your contribution

Information for organisations

You are invited to comment on the questions raised in the Consultation document by attaching your contribution to the email address corresponding to your type of organisation

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with. Non-registered organisation responses will be published separately.

Contact details

Responsible service : ENER.B.1

E-mail :

Postal address :

European Commission
DG Energy - ENER.B.1
'Security of Supply & Networks'
Rue De Mot 24-26
B-1049 Bruxelles

Number of responses received to this consultation

Not yet available. This information will be published after the consultation closes