Projects of common interest
The EU Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure EU 347/12013 (TEN-E Regulation) lays down rules for the timely development and interoperability of energy networks in European Union Member States and the European Economic Area (EEA).
It sets out guidelines for streamlining the permitting processes for major energy infrastructure projects that contribute to European energy networks.
These projects, referred to as 'Projects of Common Interest' (PCIs) are selected by regional groups according to criteria set out in the Regulation. The first Union List of 248 PCIs was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 21 December 2013 and came into force on 10 January 2014.
Under the Regulation, Member States are required to designate a 'National Competent Authority' (NCA) that will provide a single point of contact for project promoters (developers). For the UK, the designated NCA is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. For those PCIs which fall within the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland, the Department for the Economy has assumed the delegated Competent Authority role.
Further information on the PCI process can be found at the following link:
The TEN-E UK Manual of Procedures contains information for use by developers. It can be accessed at the following link: