The first Energy Infrastructure Forum was held in 2015 in Copenhagen. It was set up to discuss major issues relating infrastructure and EU energy policy. Electricity and gas transmission infrastructure is key to achieving the completion of the internal market as well as public policy goals such as reducing CO2 emissions and energy security. The Forum brings together, under the Commission's chairmanship, key stakeholders such as the members of the regional groups established for the TEN-E priority corridors (Member States, TSOs, NRAs, project promoters, ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, ACER and EIB), along with the EU institutions (European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee, who expressed their strong interest) and EU organisations (NGOs).
The Energy Infrastructure Forum is a platform for exchange of views between policy-makers and stakeholders. An open environment allows the Commission to hear stakeholders' concerns about practical challenges that result from ambitious EU policy goals and to learn from their expertise. It is aimed at facilitating stakeholders' participation in the policy-shaping process and making sure that legislation is goal-oriented, operational and comprehensive.
The 2018 Forum is being held in Copenhagen on 24-25 May.
At the 2017 Forum, there was a specific focus on the financing of energy infrastructure. There were also updates on the TEN-E evaluation process and follow up sessions to the previous year's conclusions on Cross-Border-Cost-Allocation, and issues of public acceptance. The 2017 Renewables Grid Initiative award for innovative approaches to grid planning and development was also announced.
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Previous editions of the Energy Infrastructure Forum
23 June 2016 to 24 June 2016
At this second edition of the Energy Infrastructure Forum, the participants discussed topics including the financing of energy infrastructure, the role of High Level Groups, and EU Projects of Common Interest. The 2016 Renewables Grid Initiative awards for innovative approaches to grid planning and development were also presented.
9 November 2015 to 10 November 2015
Location: Moltkes Palae, Copenhagen
This invitation only event saw the launch of the Energy Infrastructure Forum. The Forum was foreseen by the Energy Union package as a key action to advance the development of trans-European energy infrastructure, which is vital to Europe's success in building a secure, competitive and sustainable Energy Union. The inaugural event gathered 200 high level representatives of the EU institutions, EU governments, network operators, industry and other stakeholders to launch the Energy Infrastructure Forum as an annual event in Copenhagen.
Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, opened the event. The two-day conference featured four sessions covering gas, electricity, regional cooperation and financing and was closed by the EU Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, with Minister Lilleholt. A Gala dinner was held on the evening of 9 November focussing on long-term investment in energy infrastructure.