The Connecting Europe Facility for Energy (CEF-E) actions are managed by INEA and involve the 28 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. The first list was published in 2013 and the second in 2015. In November 2017 the Commission published its third list of PCIs including 173 projects.
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.
Between 2015-2017, 93 grant agreements were signed.
The CEF Energy Actions brochure, published in May 2016, presents the status of the 64 Actions resulting from the grant agreements, along with statistics and maps of gas and elecricity actions.
The CEF Energy Key figures brochure, published in May 2017, presents an overview of the projects funded by CEF Energy and managed by INEA.