The European Council Conclusions of 19 and 20 March 2015 called for ‘accelerating infrastructure projects, including interconnections in particular to peripheral regions, for electricity and gas to ensure energy security and a well-functioning internal energy market.’
What is more, at the informal Energy Council of 16 April 2015, focused on building regional energy markets, Latvian Minister for Economic Affairs Dana Reizniece-Ozola stated that ‘the Presidency considers that the regional dimension is crucial — enhanced and streamlined cooperation among the Member States.’
What action is the Commission taking to prioritise the creation of the North Sea Grid, and, more specifically:
What finance will it dedicate to the infrastructure of the grid?
Will it commit to streamlining the impact assessment process by producing one regional impact assessment covering the countries affected?
How will it strengthen intergovernmental decision-making in order to achieve the necessary cooperation between Member States to deliver the grid?