With the Decision 2015/09/MC-EnC, the Ministerial Council adopted the Regulation (EU) 347/2013 with certain adaptations in October 2015. The Regulation establishes rules for identifying projects of Energy Community significance, called Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECIs). The Regulation calls for the establishment of two decision making Groups.
Pursuant Decision 2015/09/MC-EnC, the PECI Groups Coordination Group was established to facilitate the implementation of the Regulation (EU) 347/2013. In line with the Regulation, two Groups on electricity and gas were established.
It is the task of each of the Groups to meet to discuss the proposals for PECIs, decide on the assessment methodology, the criteria and their weights, and finally propose a preliminary list of PECIs. The two Groups are assisted in the assessment of the PECI and PMI candidates by a consultant, selected by the Energy Community Secretariat.
For electricity projects falling under the categories set out in Annex I.(1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Regulation, the Group includes representatives of the Contracting Parties and Member States concerned, the Commission, national regulatory authorities, TSOs, as well as the Energy Community Secretariat, and upon invitation the ENTSO for Electricity.
For gas projects falling under the categories set out in Annex I.(2) (a), (b) and (c), the Group includes representatives of the Contracting Parties and Member States concerned, the Commission, national regulatory authorities, TSOs, as well as the Energy Community Secretariat, and upon the invitation the ENTSO for Gas. For oil transport projects falling under the categories set out in Annex I.(3) (a), (b) and (c), the same Group shall be used as for gas projects, and in addition it will include, project promoters concerned.
For preparation of 2016 PECI list, two groups, one for electricity, another for gas were established. The same approach will be applied for the establishment of the 2018 PECI / PMI list.
For the 2018 PECI/PMI process (2nd PECI/PMI list), the first meeting of the Gas Group took place in September 2017. The first meeting of the Electricity Group was scheduled for early October. They will meet in total three to six times during Q3 2017 and Q1-Q2 2018. Subsequently, Energy Community-wide PECI and PMI lists are to be adopted by the Ministerial Council no later than 31 December 2018.
The first PECI/PMI list has been adopted in 2016. The first meeting of the Groups took place on 26 February 2016. They met in total three times in the first half of 2016. Following the adoption of the 2016 PECI/PMI list by the Ministerial Council in October 2016, the work of the Groups was accomplished.
The 2013 PECI list has been adopted in October 2013 by the Ministerial Council. This process has been an early implementation exercise, as the Regulation 347/2013 has not yet been adopted for the Energy Community.