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Public authorities, Member States authorities, individual companies, industry associations, Small and Medium Enterprises(s), consumer organisations, trade unions, NGOs, environmental organisations, consultancies, workers and employers' federations, other relevant stakeholders and citizens.
Why we are consulting
Objective of the consultation
The consultation on the list of candidate Projects of Common Interest in the thematic area of smart grid infrastructure in view of preparing the fifth Union list of Projects of Common Interest in energy infrastructure has been launched and will remain open until 16.06.2021 (midnight).
Regulation (EU) no 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (the TEN-E Regulation) sets the framework for modernizing Europe’s aging infrastructure. As part of this framework, nine priority corridors and three thematic areas have been identified as requiring urgent infrastructure upgrades. The TEN-E Regulation also lays down the procedure and criteria for a project to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI) on any of these corridors and thematic areas.
Every two years, the European Union draws a list of Projects of Common Interest. The first four Union-wide lists were adopted in October 2013, November 2015, November 2017 and October 2019, respectively.
The identification and selection of PCIs is based on a regional approach, being carried out by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of competent ministries, national regulatory authorities, individual gas and electricity transmission system operators and other project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission. The meetings of the Regional Groups are open to all interested parties, such as environmental and consumer organisations and representatives of civil society, who are invited, consulted and expected to contribute to the work carried out within these groups.
Every two years, the PCI process kicks off with the project submission phase. Project promoters submit their project proposals for electricity, gas, smart grids, oil and CO2 networks to the dedicated Regional Groups for assessment. These project proposals become candidates for the status of Project of Common Interest. Regional Groups evaluate the projects against the general and specific criteria as defined in the TEN-E Regulation, focusing especially on the contribution of these projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition. In view of preparing the 5th Union list of Projects of Common Interest expected in autumn 2021, the assessment will be carried out in spring 2021 and the Regional Groups will decide on the Regional PCI lists in June 2019.
The objective of this consultation is to seek your views on the specific candidate projects in smart grid infrastructure and their individual contributions to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition from an EU energy policy perspective.
Important! Before submitting your contribution, please read carefully the detailed information provided for each smart grids candidate project.
How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities through the (online questionnaire).
In addition, respondents can also submit position papers to the functional mailbox:
Shortly after the end of the consultation period, a report summarizing the contribution will be made available on the Internet. We would draw your attention to the specific privacy statement for this consultation regarding the collection and use of your personal data provided on this occasion and the rights and obligation deriving therein.
We welcome your contribution in any official language of the European Union. However, due to delays in translating comments submitted in languages other than English, the treatment of the replies will be slightly longer.