Revision of the TEN-E Regulation guidlines

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informatieve nota: Revision of the TEN-E Regulation guidlines

Practical information

  • Composition of Study Group
  • Administrator: Maria Chiara TURCHI, Assistant: Baiba SPUNDE
  • Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting: 14 April 2021
  • Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 27-28 April 2021

Gist of the Commission document

The President of the Commission has made the European Green Deal the top political priority, with the aim of transforming the Union into a fair and prosperous society with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. The Climate Target Plan proposed by the Commission sets Europe on a sustainable path to make this a reality and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Energy infrastructure is a key enabler for the energy transition. Infrastructure is a long-lived asset and will therefore need to be consistent with the climate neutrality and other environmental objectives, such as the “do no harm” oath in the Green Deal, to enable rapid and cost-effective decarbonisation of the energy system and more broadly the economy. As such, the TEN-E is a central instrument in the development of an internal energy market and necessary to achieve the European Green Deal objectives.

While the objectives of the current Regulation remain largely valid, the current TEN-E framework does not yet fully reflect the expected changes to the energy system that will result from the new political context and in particular the upgraded 2030 targets as well as the 2050 climate neutrality objective under the European Green Deal.

For this, the revised TEN-E will particularly aim at:

  • Enabling the identification of the cross-border projects and investments across the Union 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

This initiative assessed and identified a set of measures to simplify and improve the efficiency of the TEN-E Regulation and reduce compliance and regulatory costs where possible.