Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the EU strategy for cross-border energy networks

Creation date: June 21, 2017

The public consultation asks stakeholders to give their opinions on how effective, coherent and efficient the TEN-E strategy is, and to assess its EU added value: the benefits of acting at EU rather than national level. It is open for twelve weeks and will close on 4 September.

This public consultation is part of a wider evaluation to assess the impact of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) regulation on Europe's energy networks including a consideration of how the regulation might evolve in the future.

The TEN-E strategy aims at better interconnecting electricity and gas infrastructure across national borders in the EU. This will result in a more competitive and sustainable European energy market, with improved security of supply. The strategy is intended to promote the development of cross-border infrastructure projects and to remove potential obstacles to them such as lack of public acceptance and problems with accessing finance.

As part of the strategy, nine priority corridors and three priority thematic areas. Infrastructure projects launched in these priority corridors and areas under the strategy can apply to become Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). These are considered essential for completing the European internal energy market and boosting the supply of affordable, secure and sustainable energy in the EU. PCIs are also eligible for access to funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - a total budget of €5.35 billion is made available for energy infrastructure projects for the 2014-2020 period, of which €4.7 in the form of grants managed by INEA.

 

Public consultations are also open on projects that have been submitted as candidates to the PCI list in the areas of oil and smart grids (deadline: 26 June), and cross-border carbon dioxide transport (deadline: 15 August).