Country:European Union
Policy status:Planned
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments, Policy Support
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Energy and Transport
Legal References:COM(2001)775final: COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL - European energy infrastructure
Description:In December 2001 the European Commission proposed an energy infrastructure package (COM(2001)775final) aimed at optimising the use of existing gas and electricity infrastructure and encouraging the construction of new infrastructure of European interest. Environmental impact of the energy system would thereby be reduced, and an increase of the market share of less CO2 emitting gas and/or renewables would be facilitated. The package consists of a communication on European energy infrastructure, a proposal for a decision revising the Trans-European Network Energy Guidelines and a report on the implementation of Energy Trans-European Network programme (1996-2001). Seven critical bottlenecks in cross-border electricity transmission and five key gas supply projects have been identified. The action plan aims to: - Optimise the use of existing infrastructure, chiefly through transparent congestion management and tarification rules. - Encourage the construction of new infrastructure based on a transparent regulatory framework conducive to investment. - Focus on a new list of Priority Projects by revising Trans-European Network Energy guidelines and concentrating financial support on these twelve electricity and gas projects which should be declared of European interest. The Commission also proposes to increase from 10 to 20% the maximum share of possible co-financing for Priority Projects. - Raise political awareness of, and commitment to improving energy infrastructure. - Secure gas supplies for Europe.

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