The consultation on the list of projects proposed for the PCI label in energy infrastructure was open until 31 March 2015. Regulation (EU) no 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (the TEN-E Regulation; identifies 9 priority corridors and 3 thematic areas and defines a procedure and criteria for a project to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI).
The first Union-wide list of PCIs was adopted by the European Commission in October 2013 and the TEN-E Regulation foresees that it shall be updated every two years. The identification of PCIs is based on a regional approach and is carried out by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of competent ministries, national regulatory authorities and the gas and electricity transmission system operators and project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission.
Project promoters submitted the electricity and gas project proposals for which they wanted to obtain the status of PCI to the Regional Groups for assessment. Regional Groups then evaluated the projects against the general and specific criteria as defined in the Regulation assessing especially the contribution of the projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition. The Regional Groups decided on the Regional PCI lists in summer 2015.
Each Regional Group had to consult the organisations representing relevant stakeholders including energy producers, distribution system operators, suppliers, consumers and organisations for environmental protection.
The objective of this consultation was to seek your views on the need for a gas or electricity project from an EU energy policy perspective bringing together security of supply, market integration, competition and sustainability.
The published list of projects includes internet links to the proposed projects where more information can be obtained. Additional information on electricity projects can be found on the ENTSO-E website. Additional information on gas projects can be found on the ENTSO-G website.