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Fossil fuels | 16 June 2021

Reforming Decision-Making in Trans-European Networks for Energy
Fossil fuels
Clean energy

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Reforming Decision-Making in Trans-European Networks for Energy

The TEN-E Regulation is the central EU rule for the development of cross-border energy infrastructure. It regulates how Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) are identified and the benefits they may enjoy, such as expedited permitting. This Regulation has been used in the past to channel financial support to fossil gas projects.

In December 2020, the Commission tabled a proposal for a revised TEN-E Regulation. The revision of the TEN-E Regulation is an opportunity for improving its governance to ensure the delivery of the infrastructure needed for an integrated, cost-efficient and Paris-aligned energy system. 

This briefing advocates for improved governance under TEN-E, by: (i) exploring the idea of involving the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change in the TEN-E decision-making to ensure that it is based on objective, science-based criteria and contributes to the achievement of the Union’s climate and energy targets; (ii) exposing some of the decision-making mechanisms under the TEN-E Proposal; and (iii) proposing alternatives in order to improve governance and transparency.