Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

First CEF Energy projects to receive EU funding

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: April 29, 2015

INEA has signed the first 15 Connecting Europe facility (CEF) grant agreements to support projects improving trans-European electricity and gas infrastructure. 34 projects worth €648 million in total EU contribution have been selected under the 2014 CEF Energy call for proposals.


The projects aim to upgrade the existing and develop new energy transmission infrastructures of European importance in order to match future demand for energy, ensure security of supply, as well as support large-scale deployment of energy from renewable sources.


Each of the selected projects contributes to the implementation of a Project of Common Interest (PCI), which are pre-identified pan-European key energy infrastructure projects. 248 PCIs have been selected for the period 2013-2015.


Examples of projects

ElecLink, part of the PCI on electricity interconnection between France and United Kingdom, will complete a set of studies required to launch the construction. The EU contribution of €1.7 million will cover half of the costs of these studies.


The project 'Front End Engineering Design (FEED) & preparation of the EPC/ITT dossier' (€1.8 million in EU contribution) will prepare the design, as well as the technical and administrative part for the launch of works to construct a new offshore LNG facility in Greece and connect it to the national natural gas transmission system.


The project 'Studies and pre-investment works for projects: Internal lines Maritsa East-Burgas, Maritsa East-Maritsa East 3 and Maritsa East-Plovdiv' will receive €279,000 to prepare the documentation for the final investment decision on three internal electricity lines in Bulgaria.


Please have a look at the project pages for more details. The list of projects is updated every time a new grant agreement is signed.



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Project selection

The projects were selected through a competitive call for proposals with the assistance of external experts. 68 project proposals for a total amount of € 1.6 billion were submitted for this call.


Two other calls for proposals are scheduled for 2015. The first call (budget: €100 million) closed on 29 April, and the second call will be launched in June 2015.