The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) has launched a call for proposals for key cross-border EU energy infrastructure projects included on the fifth list of projects of common interest, to be co-financed through grants worth EUR 750 million from the EU budget.
The support was secured under the Connecting Europe Facility – Energy (CEF Energy).
CINEA’s call addresses studies and works for projects of common interest (PCIs). It is open until September 5, the European Commission said.
CEF Energy has a grant budget of EUR 5.84 billion for the period 2021-2027. It was set up to support studies and construction works in the areas of gas, electricity, smart grids and CO2 networks.
An info day to present the call, explain its policy context and inform about the application and evaluation process will be held virtually on May 12. CEF Energy said it plans to sign grant agreements from February to June 2024, the call reads.
PCIs are key infrastructure projects aimed at completing the European energy market in order to help the European Union achieve its energy policy and climate objectives: affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all citizens, as well as the long-term decarbonization of the economy in accordance with the EU Green Deal. Energy infrastructure is a key enabler for the energy transition.
PCIs automatically get accelerated permit granting and improved regulatory treatment
Projects selected as PCIs can automatically benefit from many advantages stemming from the Trans-European Network – Energy (TEN-E) Regulation, including accelerated permit granting and improved regulatory treatment.
CEF Energy’s studies include preparatory, mapping, feasibility, evaluation, testing and validation activities including in the form of software and with prior actions to define and develop a PCI and decide on its financing, such as reconnaissance of the sites concerned and preparation of the financial package.
Works include the purchase, supply and deployment of components, systems and services including software, the development, construction and installation activities relating to a PCI, the acceptance of installations and the launching of such a project.