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Parliamentary questions
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12 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001780/2019

1. Pursuant to Article 10 of the regulation (EU) No 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E Regulation) the permit granting process of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) is split into two main phases: the pre-application procedure and the statutory permit granting procedure. The combined duration of the two phases shall not exceed a period of three years and six months, with a possible extension in specific circumstances.

The permitting process of PCI 3.1.2 commenced before November 2013. Article 19 of the TEN-E Regulation provides that for PCI for which a project promoter has submitted an application file before 16 November 2013, the provisions on the permitting shall not apply. Therefore, the specific time limits set out in Article 10 of the TEN-E do not apply for the PCI in question and in any case as per Article 10(6) they are without prejudice to administrative appeal procedures and judicial remedies before a court or tribunal.

2. According to the latest report on the progress of the PCIs published by the Agency for Cooperation of the Energy Regulators (ACER)(1) the average duration of permitting is 3.8 years.3. It is positive that the recently promulgated Austrian Location Development Act sets specific time limits and refers to projects of special public interest. Article 7 of the TEN-E Regulation provides that PCIs shall be granted a priority status and where such status exists in national law, PCIs shall automatically be allocated the status of the highest national significance possible and be treated as such in the permit granting processes.

(1)Consolidated Report on the Progress of Electricity and Gas Projects of Common Interest, 10 July 2018 https://www.acer.europa.eu/Official_documents/Acts_of_the_Agency/Publication/Consolidated%20Report%20on%20the%20progress%20of%20electricity%20and%20gas%20Projects%20of%20Common%20Interest%20for%20the%20year%202017.pdf

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