Members' Research Service By / February 26, 2021

Revision of the TEN-E Regulation: EU guidelines for new energy infrastructure [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the 2013 regulation on trans-European networks in energy (TEN-E).

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Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (2nd edition, updated on 18.11.2021),

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the 2013 regulation on trans-European networks in energy (TEN-E). This proposal is currently the subject of interinstitutional ‘trilogue’ negotiations, which started after both the European Parliament (October 2021) and the Council of the EU (June 2021) had adopted formal negotiating positions.

The 2013 TEN-E Regulation sets out EU guidelines for cross-border energy infrastructure, and outlines the process for selecting projects of common interest (PCI). PCIs are infrastructure projects considered essential for delivering on EU objectives in the energy field, including improved interconnection between national markets, greater competitiveness, security of supply, and promotion of renewable energy sources. The list of PCIs is updated every two years. Certain PCI projects are eligible for EU financing from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The revised TEN-E Regulation would align closely with the climate neutrality objectives of the European Green Deal: supporting energy infrastructure that consolidates new and existing clean energy technologies, and ending policy and financial support for fossil fuel projects. The latter would no longer be included on PCI lists and therefore unable to receive CEF funding.

Complete version

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2020) 824
15.12.2020
Rapporteur: Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR, Poland) 2020/0360(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Tom Berendsen (EPP, the Netherlands)
Łukasz Kohut (S&D, Poland)
Claudia Gamon (Renew, Austria)
Paolo Borchia (ID, Italy)
Marie Toussaint (Greens/EFA, France)
Sandra Pereira (The Left, Portugal)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations

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