The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The CEF is a unique European funding programme set up to support the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficient interconnected trans-European networks in energy, telecommunications and transport.
The CEF – which makes €30.4 billion available in grants and financial instruments – aims to contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy, by boosting investments to stimulate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also aims to enable the European Union to reach its sustainable development targets by 2020.
Nearly three years after its launch in January 2014, the CEF will be evaluated for its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value in achieving its objectives.
A key element of this evaluation is a consultation open to the public which will not only help to assess the various aspects of the programme, but also shape its future. The survey addresses both the general objectives of the CEF as well as the specific objectives set for each of its three sectors. In energy, the CEF supports key infrastructure projects that help create a fully integrated European energy market in line with the strategy for Energy Union. These "projects of common interest" (PCI) are identified in a list which the Commission updates every two years.
The objectives of the CEF financial assistance to energy PCIs relate to increasing competitiveness, enhancing the European Union’s security of energy supply and contributing to sustainable development and protecting the environment.
The budget the for CEF Energy amounts to €5.35 billion for the period 2014-2020.
The public consultation will close on 27 February 2017.