The Commission reviews its rules on trans-European energy infrastructure
Since yesterday, Europeans could participate in the public consultation, launched by the European Commission, on the review of the EU rules on trans-European energy infrastructure. This will be accompanied by a more targeted consultation for stakeholders.
As the Commission explains responses to these surveys will feed into the Commission’s deliberations on revising the Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure – known as the “TEN-E Regulation” – outlined as an important initiative as part of the European Green Deal.
This public consultation is available in all EU languages and aims at gathering views and input on the concepts from citizens and a broad range of stakeholders, ranging from national, regional and local authorities to businesses, unions, civil society organisations, education organisations, consumer groups, research and innovation organisations.
At the same time, a more technical targeted consultation aims to gather input from stakeholders with extended knowledge within the subject.
Besides, the Commission is also organising 4 stakeholder webinars to discuss key elements of the ongoing review process of the TEN-E Regulation and allow for contributions from and exchanges with interested parties.
The TEN-E Regulation currently in force lays down rules for the timely development and interoperability of cross-border energy infrastructure [TEN-E] networks in order to achieve the EU’s energy policy objectives.
Its main goal is the timely implementation of the projects of common interest (known as “PCIs”) which interconnect the energy markets across Europe. Interconnected energy markets allow for better integration of renewable energy sources, better security of supply and higher competition within markets that keeps prices in check. The TEN-E Regulation sets out criteria for establishing the PCIs necessary to implement priority corridors and areas in the categories of electricity, gas, oil, smart grids, and carbon dioxide networks.
The Commission has confirmed the intention to publish a legislative proposal to adapt the TEN-E regulation before the end of 2020 in order to make EU energy infrastructure fully consistent and drive the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality ambition.