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).
For the purpose of selection procedure, the Regulation calls for the establishment of two decision making Groups.
The third PECI / PMI project selection procedure was launched in February 2020.
Pursuant to Decision 2015/09/MC-EnC, the PECI Groups Coordination Group was established to facilitate the implementation of Regulation (EU) 347/2013. In line with the Regulation, two Groups on electricity and gas were established.
It is the task of each Group 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 it will include the project promoters concerned.
For the preparation of the PECI lists, the work is split between two groups, one for electricity and one for gas.
February 2020 marked the launch for the third Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMI) selection procedure. The Groups are expected to present the draft list of projects in summer 2020.
For the 2018 PECI/PMI process, the first meeting of the Gas Group took place in September 2017. The first meeting of the Electricity Group was scheduled for early October. Both groups met in total four times during Q3 2017 and Q1-Q2 2018. Subsequently, the Energy Community-wide 2018 PECI and PMI list was adopted by the 16th Ministerial Council on 29 November 2018.
The first PECI/PMI selection round resulted in the adoption of the list in 2016. The Groups 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 was adopted in October 2013 by the Ministerial Council. The selection procedure constituted an early implementation exercise, as in year 2013 Regulation (EU) 347/2013 had not yet been adopted as part of the Energy Community acquis.
- Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure
- Decision 2018/11/MC-EnC on the establishment of the list of projects of Energy Community interest ('Energy Community list')
- Decision 2016/11/MC-EnC on the establishment of the list of projects of Energy Community interest
- Decision 2015/09/MC-EnC on implementation of Regulation 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure
- Recommendation 2018/01/MC-EnC on projects of mutual interest between Contracting Parties and Member States of the European Union