Information Day on the process of identifying Projects of Common Interest (PCI) in energy infrastructure
17 July, Brussels
The European Commission will hold an Information Day conference on 17 July in Brussels, to inform stakeholders about the PCI identification process. The programme for the day will include details on the PCI identification process, recent regional initiatives, the public consultation on the list of projects submitted to be considered as potential PCIs, and the next steps. The full programme will be made available online closer to the event.
This event will give interested parties the opportunity to find out more about the PCI identification process and to put questions to a range of expert panelists. The conference will include a keynote address by Commissioner Oettinger.
There is no charge for participation. As places are limited, these will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Address: Rue de la Loi 170
Building: Charlemagne Building
Room: Alcide de Gasperi
City: 1040 Brussels
Event date: 17 July 2012
Event time: 10:00 – 16:00 (Brussels time)
The draft Regulation on guidelines for trans-European infrastructure identifies 12 priority corridors and areas, and defines a procedure and criteria for projects to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI). The Union-wide list of PCIs is proposed to be established for the first time in 2013 and then updated every two years. The identification of PCIs shall be based on a regional approach in line with the identified priority corridors.
To this end, ad-hoc regional working groups have been established to identify potential PCIs, each covering one priority corridor as set out in Annex I of the draft Regulation. Each ad-hoc working group has been tasked to establish a draft regional list of PCIs by the end 2012. These PCIs will become part of first Union-wide PCI list, provided they fulfil the provisions of the adopted Regulation. The Union-wide list will be adapted, if necessary, in line with modifications to the draft Regulation as of April 2012. This preparatory process in 2012 is based on the engagement of all parties and is necessary to ensure rapid selection of PCIs, once the Regulation has entered in to force, in view of regulatory measures and possible financing as early as 2014.
The Commission is also engaging directly with stakeholders through a public consultation on the initial list of projects that have been submitted to the ad-hoc working groups be considered as potential PCIs. This will allow all stakeholders to express their views prior to the establishment of the regional PCI lists. The list is purely indicative and no assessment has been done on any of the projects. Stakeholders have been invited to suggest projects to be added to, or removed from, the list. The input from this consultation will feed into the PCI evaluation process.
Responsible service: DG ENER.B1