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 European Commission draws up a new list of PCIs every two years. Each year, a number of new projects are granted PCI status and a number of existing projects are removed from the list.
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. The second list, published in November 2015, contained 195 PCI projects. The third list, published in November 2017 contained 173 projects.
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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 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: