Proposal for a Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013

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Series Details COM (2020) 824
Publication Date 15/12/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 15 December 2020, revising rules for trans-European energy (TEN-E) infrastructure. It repeals Regulation (EU) No 347/2013, also know as the TEN-E Regulation.

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The TEN-E Regulation adopted in 2013 set out rules for the timely development and interoperability of trans-European energy networks. It helped achieve the European Union's energy policy objectives by laying down rules for identifying and developing Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). It also required Member States to streamline permit granting procedures for PCIs and provided for regulatory assistance, rules and guidance for cross-border allocation of costs and risk-related incentives and the conditions to access financing from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Energy infrastructure is seen as a key enabler for the energy transition, as reflected in the European Commission’s Communications on the European Green Deal and on A Clean Planet for All. While the objectives of the 2013 TEN-E Regulation remained largely valid, the framework no longer reflected the expected changes to the energy system resulting from a new political context and in particular the upgraded 2030 climate targets, as well as the 2050 climate neutrality objective under the European Green Deal. The revised TEN-E is particularly aiming at:

  • Enabling the identification of the cross-border projects and investments across the EU and with its neighbouring countries that are necessary for the energy transition and achievement of the climate targets;
  • Improving infrastructure planning for energy system integration and offshore grids;
  • Shortening permitting procedures for PCIs to avoid delays in projects that facilitate the energy transition;
  • Ensuring the appropriate use of cost sharing tools and regulatory incentives.
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Commentary and Analysis
EASE: Policy Papers, February 2021: EASE Reply to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the TEN-E Regulation Revision
EPRS: Briefing, February 2021: Revision of the TEN-E Regulation: EU guidelines for new energy infrastructure

EurActiv, 15/12/2020: EU’s trans-European energy infrastructure plan update
Reuters, 15/12/2020: EU to shift funding away from gas, into low-carbon energy
EUObserver, 15/12/2020: New EU rules for energy-project funding to keep fossil gas

EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)346: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)347: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Trans-European energy infrastructure: guidelines (2020/0360(COD))
European Commission: Press Release, 15/12/2020: Commission proposes revised rules for cross-border energy infrastructure in line with the European Green Deal
European Commission: Questions and Answers: The revision of the TEN-E Regulation (15 December 2020)
European Commission: Remarks by Commissioner Simson on the Commission's proposal for a revised TEN-E Regulation at the European Parliament's ITRE Committee meeting (15 December 2020)
Irish Government: Consultations, 20/01/2021: Consultation on the proposed amendments to the TEN-E Regulation
EPRS: Briefing, April 2021: Trans-European energy infrastructure guidelines: Updating the current framework - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

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