The Connecting Europe Facility for Energy (CEF Energy) actions are managed by INEA and involve the 27 EU Member States plus certain non-EU countries. Each action contributes towards the realisation of a Project of Common Interest (PCI), which are pre-identified pan-European energy infrastructure projects.
To help create an integrated EU energy market, the European Commission has adopted a list of Projects of common interest (PCIs). The PCIs are key infrastructure projects, especially cross-border projects, that link the energy systems of EU countries. The list of projects is renewed every two years. This allows to integrate new projects and remove those that have been completed or deemed unfeasible. Every two years since 2013, the European Commission publishes a new list of PCIs. On 31 October 2019 the Commission adopted its fourth list of PCIs, which contains 151 projects (102 electricity transmission and storage, 6 smart grid deployment, 32 gas, 6 oil and 5 cross-border carbon dioxide networks).
These projects may benefit from accelerated licensing procedures, improved regulatory conditions, and access to financial support totalling €5.85 billion from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) between 2014 and 2020.
The projects involve electricity transmission lines, gas pipelines, electricity storage projects, underground gas storage projects, LNG terminals and smart grid projects.
Actions are funded as a result of regular calls for proposals and are managed by INEA.
The updated CEF Energy-Supported actions brochure, published in May 2020, presents the status of the 139 Actions, along with statistics and maps.
The CEF Energy Key figures brochure, published in December 2019, presents an overview of the projects funded by CEF Energy and managed by INEA.
Key cross border infrastructure projects (DG ENERGY website)