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<TitreType>REPORT</TitreType>     <RefProcLect>***I</RefProcLect>

<Titre>on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013</Titre>

<DocRef>(COM(2020)0824 – C9‑0417/2020 – 2020/0360(COD))</DocRef>


<Commission>{ITRE}Committee on Industry, Research and Energy</Commission>

Rapporteur: <Depute>Zdzisław Krasnodębski</Depute> 

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 Explanatory Statement
 ANNEX: LIST OF ENTITIES OR PERSONS FROM WHOM THE RAPPORTEUR HAS RECEIVED INPUT
 OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY
 OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND TOURISM
 OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013

(COM(2020)0824 – C9‑0417/2020 – 2020/0360(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

 having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2020)0824),

 having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 172 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C9‑0417/2020),

 having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 24 March 2021[1],

 having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 1 July 2021[2],

 having regard to Rules 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

 having regard to the opinions of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Regional Development,

 having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (A9-0269/2021),

1. Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2. Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


 

<RepeatBlock-Amend><Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>1</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) The Commission has set out, in its Communication of 11 December 2019 entitled ‘The European Green Deal’21 , a new growth strategy that aims to transform the Union into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. The Commission’s communication on the Climate Target Plan22 proposing to increase the greenhouse gas emissions’ reduction level to at least 55% by 2030 - an ambition that was endorsed by the European Council on 11 December 2020 - and its underlying impact assessment confirms that the energy mix of the future will be very different from the one of today and underpins the necessity to review and if necessary to revise the energy legislation. The current energy infrastructure investments are clearly insufficient to transform and build the energy infrastructure of the future. That also means infrastructure needs to be in place to support the European energy transition, including rapid electrification, scaling up of renewable electricity generation, the increased use of renewable and low-carbon gases, energy system integration and a higher uptake of innovative solutions.

(1) The Commission has set out, in its Communication of 11 December 2019 entitled ‘The European Green Deal’21 , a new growth strategy that aims to transform the Union into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where the climate neutrality objective is met at the latest by 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. The Commission’s communication on the Climate Target Plan22 proposing to increase the greenhouse gas emissions’ reduction level to at least 55 % by 2030 - an ambition that was endorsed by the European Council on 11 December 2020 - and its underlying impact assessment confirms that the energy mix of the future will be very different from the one of today and underpins the necessity to review and if necessary to revise the energy legislation. The current energy infrastructure investments are clearly insufficient to transform and build the energy infrastructure of the future. That also means infrastructure needs to be in place to support the European energy transition, including rapid electrification, scaling up of renewable and fossil free electricity generation, the increased use of renewable and low-carbon gases, energy system integration and a higher uptake of innovative solutions.

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21 Commission Communication - The European Green Deal, COM(2019) 640 final of 11 December 2019.

21 Commission Communication - The European Green Deal, COM(2019) 640 final of 11 December 2019.

22 Commission Communication - Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition, Investing in a climate-neutral future for the benefit of our people, COM(2020) 562 final of 17 September 2020

22 Commission Communication - Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition, Investing in a climate-neutral future for the benefit of our people, COM(2020) 562 final of 17 September 2020

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>2</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) Following the Commission’s proposals as part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, an agreement was reached on a binding Union level target for renewable energy for 2030 of at least 32% of final energy consumption and a headline Union level target for energy efficiency of at least 32,5%.

(2) The current binding Union level target for renewable energy for 2030 of at least 32 % of final energy consumption and a headline Union level target for energy efficiency of at least 32,5 % will be revised as part of the Union’s increased ambition enshrined in the Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 of the European Parliament and the Council1a and the European Green Deal strategy.

 

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1a Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 June 2021 establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulations (EC) No 401/2009 and (EU) 2018/1999 (‘European Climate Law’) (OJ L 243, 9.7.2021, p. 1.).

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>3</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council23 , the current TEN-E Regulation, lays down rules for the timely development and interoperability of trans-European energy networks in order to achieve the energy policy objectives of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to ensure the functioning of the internal energy market, security of supply and competitive energy markets in the Union, to promote energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy, and to promote the interconnection of energy networks. Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 puts in place a framework for Member States and relevant stakeholders to work together in a regional setting to develop better-connected energy networks with the aim to connect regions currently isolated from European energy markets, strengthen existing cross-border interconnections, and help integrate renewable energy. By pursuing those objectives, Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 contributes to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and brings benefits to the entire Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion.

(4) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council23 , the current TEN-E Regulation, lays down rules for the timely development and interoperability of trans-European energy networks in order to achieve the energy policy objectives of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to ensure the functioning of the internal energy market, security of supply and competitive energy markets in the Union, to promote energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy, and to promote the interconnection of energy networks. Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 puts in place a framework for Member States and relevant stakeholders to work together in a regional setting to develop better-connected energy networks with the aim to connect regions currently isolated from European energy markets, strengthen existing and promote new cross-border interconnections, and help integrate renewable energy. By pursuing those objectives, Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 contributes to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and brings benefits to the entire Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion.

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23 Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Decision No 1364/2006/EC and amending Regulations (EC) No 713/2009, (EC) No 714/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009, OJ L 115, 25.4.2013, p. 39–75

23 Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Decision No 1364/2006/EC and amending Regulations (EC) No 713/2009, (EC) No 714/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009, OJ L 115, 25.4.2013, p. 39–75

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>4</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 5</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 has clearly shown that the framework has effectively improved the integration of Member States’ networks, stimulated energy trade and hence contributed to the competitiveness of the Union. Projects of common interest in electricity and gas have strongly contributed to security of supply. For gas, the infrastructure is now well connected and supply resilience has improved substantially since 2013. Regional cooperation in Regional Groups and through cross-border cost allocation is an important enabler for project implementation. However, in many cases the cross-border cost allocation did not result in reducing the financing gap of the project, as intended. While the majority of permitting procedures have been shortened, in some cases the process is still long. The financial assistance from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has been an important factor as grants for studies have helped projects to reduce risks in the early stages of development, while grants for works have supported projects addressing key bottlenecks that market finance could not sufficiently address.

(5) The evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 has clearly shown that the framework has effectively improved the integration of Member States’ networks, stimulated energy trade and hence contributed to the competitiveness of the Union. Projects of common interest in electricity and gas have strongly contributed to security of supply. Regional cooperation in Regional Groups and through cross-border cost allocation is an important enabler for project implementation. However, in many cases the cross-border cost allocation did not result in reducing the financing gap of the project, as intended. While the majority of permitting procedures have been shortened, in some cases the process is still long. The financial assistance from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has been an important factor as grants for studies have helped projects to reduce risks in the early stages of development, while grants for works have supported projects addressing key bottlenecks that market finance could not sufficiently address.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>5</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 5 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) In its resolution of 10 July 2020 on the revision of the guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, the European Parliament called for a revision of the Regulation (EU) No 347/2013, taking into account, in particular, the Union’s energy and climate targets for 2030, the Union’s climate neutrality objective and the 'energy efficiency first' principle.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>6</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) The TEN-E policy is a central instrument in the development of an internal energy market and necessary to achieve the European Green Deal objectives. To achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and higher levels of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, Europe will need a more integrated energy system, relying on higher levels of electrification based on renewable sources and the decarbonisation of the gas sector. The TEN-E policy can ensure that the Union energy infrastructure development supports the required energy transition to climate neutrality in line with the energy efficiency first principle.

(6) The TEN-E policy is a central instrument in the development of an internal energy market and necessary to achieve the European Green Deal objectives. To achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest and higher levels of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, Europe will need a more integrated energy system, relying on higher levels of electrification based on additional renewable and low carbon sources and the decarbonisation of the gas sector. The TEN-E policy can ensure that the Union energy infrastructure development supports the required energy transition to climate neutrality in line with the principles of energy efficiency first and technological neutrality while considering the respective potential for emission reduction in the end use.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>7</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 7</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) While the objectives of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 remain largely valid, the current TEN-E framework does not yet fully reflect the expected changes to the energy system that will result from the new political context and in particular the upgraded 2030 targets and the 2050 climate neutrality objective under the European Green Deal. Besides the new political context and objectives, technological development has been rapid in the past decade. That development should be taken into account in the infrastructure categories covered by this Regulation, the projects of common interest selection criteria as well as the priority corridors and thematic areas.

(7) While the objectives of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 remain largely valid, the current TEN-E framework does not yet fully reflect the expected changes to the energy system that will result from the new political context and in particular the upgraded 2030 targets and the 2050 climate neutrality objective under the European Green Deal. Therefore, both climate mitigation and climate adaptation objectives need to be adequately reflected in the revised TEN-E framework. Besides the new political context and objectives, technological development has been rapid in the past decade. That development should be taken into account in the infrastructure categories covered by this Regulation, the projects of common interest selection criteria as well as the priority corridors and thematic areas. At the same time the revision should not affect a Member State's right to determine the conditions for exploiting its energy resources, its choice between different energy sources and the general structure of its energy supply, in accordance with Article 194 TFEU.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>8</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 10</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) The Union’s energy infrastructure should be resilient to the unavoidable impacts that climate change is estimated to create in Europe in spite of the mitigation efforts. Hence, strengthening the efforts on climate adaptation, resilience building, disaster prevention and preparedness is crucial.

(10) The Union’s energy infrastructure should be resilient to the unavoidable impacts that climate change is estimated to create in Europe in spite of the mitigation efforts. Hence, contribute to climate change mitigation, strengthening the efforts on climate adaptation, resilience building, disaster prevention and preparedness is crucial.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>9</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 10 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) The development of trans-European energy infrastructure should favour the repurposing of existing infrastructure and equipment, avoiding a waste of resources, in order to comply with strict ecological sustainability criteria;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>10</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 11</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Security of supply, as one main driver behind Regulation (EU) No 347/2013, has been significantly improved through projects of common interest. Moreover, the Commission’s climate target impact assessment27 expects the consumption of natural gas to be reduced significantly because its non-abated use is not compatible with carbon-neutrality. On the other hand, the consumption of biogas, renewable and low-carbon hydrogen and synthetic gaseous fuels will increase significantly towards 2050. Therefore, the natural gas infrastructure no longer needs support through the TEN-E policy. The planning of energy infrastructure should reflect this changing gas landscape.

(11) Security of supply, as one main driver behind Regulation (EU) No 347/2013, has been significantly improved through projects of common interest. Moreover, the Commission’s climate target impact assessment[1] expects the consumption of natural gas to be reduced significantly because its non-abated use is not compatible with carbon-neutrality. On the other hand, the consumption of biogas, renewable and low-carbon hydrogen and synthetic gaseous fuels will increase significantly towards 2050. For gas, the infrastructure is now well connected and supply resilience has improved substantially since 2013. Therefore, the natural gas infrastructure no longer needs support through the TEN-E policy. The planning of energy infrastructure should reflect this changing gas landscape. However, not all Member States are yet connected sufficiently to the European gas network and particularly island Member States continue to face significant challenges in terms of security of supply and energy isolation. Although 78 % of gas projects that are projects of common interest (gas PCIs) are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2025, a number of them are experiencing significant delays, including due to permitting problems. The revision of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 should not affect negatively uncompleted projects at any priority corridors. Therefore, by way of derogation, natural gas infrastructure projects which were already included in the fourth or fifth Union list of projects of common interest established pursuant to Regulation(EU) No 347/2013 should be able to maintain this status and be eligible for the first Union list of projects of common interest to be established under this Regulation in order to benefit from fast-track treatment by national administration and streamlined permitting procedures, and to materialise the planned and expected market and security of supply improvements as well as their contribution towards emission reduction and air pollution mitigation or to contribute to ending energy isolation of those Member States that are currently not sufficiently connected to the European gas network. This temporary derogation excludes however their eligibility for Union financial assistance in the CEF framework.

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27 SWD(2020) 176 final

27 SWD(2020) 176 final

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>11</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 12</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) The importance of smart electricity grids in achieving the Union’s energy and climate policy objectives has been acknowledged in the communication from the Commission on energy system integration28 . The criteria for the category should include technological developments regarding innovation and digital aspects. Furthermore, the role of projects promoters should be clarified. Given the expected significant increase in power demand from the transport sector, in particular for electric vehicles along highways and in urban areas, smart grid technologies should also help to improve energy network related support for cross border high capacity recharging to support the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

(12) The importance of smart electricity grids in achieving the Union’s energy and climate policy objectives has been acknowledged in the communication from the Commission on energy system integration28 . The criteria for the category should be simplified and include technological developments regarding innovation, digital aspects and the enablement of energy system integration. Furthermore, the role of projects promoters should be clarified. Given the expected significant increase in power demand from the transport sector, in particular for electric vehicles along highways and in urban areas, smart grid technologies should also help to improve energy network related support for cross border high capacity recharging to support the decarbonisation of the transport sector and increase demand for green transport.

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28 COM(2020) 299 final

28 COM(2020) 299 final

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>12</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 13</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) The Commission’s communication on energy system integration underlines the need for integrated energy infrastructure planning across energy carriers, infrastructures, and consumption sectors. Such system integration starts from the point of departure of applying the energy efficiency first principle and taking a holistic approach beyond individual sectors. It also addresses the decarbonisation needs of the hard to abate sectors, such as parts of industry or certain modes of transport, where direct electrification is, currently, technically or economically challenging. Such investments include hydrogen and electrolysers, which are progressing towards commercial large-scale deployment. The Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy gives priority to hydrogen production from renewable electricity, which is the cleanest solution and is most compatible with the EU climate neutrality objective. In a transitional phase however, other forms of low-carbon hydrogen are needed to more rapidly replace existing hydrogen and kick-start an economy of scale.

(13) The Commission’s communication on energy system integration underlines the need for integrated energy infrastructure planning across energy carriers, infrastructures, and consumption sectors. Such system integration starts from the point of departure of applying the energy efficiency first principle and taking a holistic approach in policy and beyond individual sectors. It also addresses the decarbonisation needs of the hard to abate sectors, such as parts of industry or certain modes of transport, where direct electrification is, currently, technically or economically challenging. Such investments include hydrogen and electrolysers, which are progressing towards commercial large-scale deployment. The Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy gives priority to hydrogen production from renewable electricity, which is the cleanest solution and is most compatible with the EU climate neutrality objective. In a transitional phase however, other forms of low-carbon hydrogen are needed to more rapidly decarbonise existing hydrogen production focusing on a diverse range of clean technologies and to kick-start an economy of scale.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>13</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 14</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) Moreover, the Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy29 concluded that for the required deployment of hydrogen a large-scale infrastructure network is an important element that only the Union and the single market can offer. There is currently very limited dedicated infrastructure in place to transport and trade hydrogen across borders. Such should consist of a significant extent of assets converted from natural gas, complemented by new assets dedicated to hydrogen. Furthermore, the Hydrogen Strategy sets a strategic goal to increase installed electrolyser capacity to 40 GW by 2030 in order to scale up the production of renewable hydrogen and facilitate the decarbonisation of fossil-fuel dependent sectors, such as industry or transport. Therefore, the TEN-E policy should include new and repurposed hydrogen transmission infrastructure and storage as well as electrolyser facilities. Hydrogen transmission and storage infrastructure should also be included in the Union-wide ten-year network development plan so as to allow a comprehensive and consistent assessment of their costs and benefits for the energy system, including their contribution to sector integration and decarbonisation, with the aim of creating a hydrogen backbone for the Union.

(14) Moreover, the Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy29 concluded that for the required deployment of hydrogen a large-scale infrastructure network is an important element that only the Union and the single market can offer. There is currently very limited dedicated infrastructure in place to transport and trade hydrogen across borders, and to create hydrogen valleys between countries and thus supporting further hydrogen developments in industrial clusters. Such should consist of a significant extent of assets converted from natural gas, complemented by new assets dedicated to hydrogen. Furthermore, the Hydrogen Strategy sets a strategic goal to increase installed electrolyser capacity to 40 GW by 2030 in order to scale up the production of renewable hydrogen and facilitate the decarbonisation of fossil-fuel dependent sectors, such as industry or transport. Therefore, the TEN-E policy should include new and repurposed hydrogen infrastructure, as well as infrastructure  for temporary blending solutions,  storage as well as electrolyser facilities. Hydrogen high-pressure pipelines and storage infrastructure should also be included in the Union-wide ten-year network development plan so as to allow a comprehensive and consistent assessment of their costs and benefits for the energy system, including their contribution to sector integration and decarbonisation, with the aim of creating a hydrogen backbone for the Union. The new hydrogen category should be aligned with the objectives of the Energy System Integration and the Union’s hydrogen strategies.

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29 A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe, COM(2020) 301 final.

29 A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe, COM(2020) 301 final.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>14</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 15</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) Moreover, a new infrastructure category should be created for smart gas grids to support investments which integrate renewable and low carbon gases such as biogas, biomethane, and hydrogen, in the network and help manage a resulting more complex system, building on innovative digital technologies.

(15) Moreover, a new infrastructure category should be created for smart gas grids to support investments which integrate renewable and low carbon gases such as biogas, biomethane, and hydrogen, in the network and help manage a resulting more complex system, building on innovative digital technologies. The eligible low-carbon gases should comply with requirements on low-carbon gases to be adopted by the Commission, including a minimum greenhouse gas emission reduction threshold that is to be established by the Commission.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>15</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 15 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15a) Achieving climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest assumes that there will still be industrial processes that emit carbon dioxide (CO2). Such CO2 is considered to be unavoidable, when its production cannot be avoided despite optimisation, for example through energy efficiency or electrification integrating renewables. The availability of such alternative options, as well as the Best Available Technologies (BAT) and the level of CO2 capturing rates differ in the various industries using CCS technologies and is constantly evolving. The Commission should closely follow these developments to periodically adapt BATs and appropriate minimum capture rates in the range of 70-90 % per industry and technology, in order to ensure that the development of CO2 infrastructure would not result in lock-in effects or slow-down roll-out of emissions-free technologies, but to lead to a significant net reduction of otherwise unavoidable emissions in the absence of reasonable alternatives. This will also ensure adequate support in overcoming technological, infrastructural and commercialisation barriers, including through the TEN-E framework.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>16</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 15 b (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15b) Moreover, a new infrastructure category should be created for district heating and cooling systems. Co-operation between electricity and district heating and cooling sectors needs to be intensified to better reflect demand response and flexibility from storage in energy network investment. Furthermore, risk-mitigation instruments and flanking measures should be introduced to reduce the perceived risks and fragmented nature of renewable heating and cooling solutions.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>17</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 16</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 requires a candidate project of common interest to prove a significant contribution to at least one criterion from a set of criteria in the process for the elaboration of the Union list, which may, but does not need to, include sustainability. That requirement, in line with the specific needs of the internal energy market at the time, enabled development of projects of common interest which addressed only security of supply risks even if they did not demonstrate benefits in terms of sustainability. However, given the evolution of the Union infrastructure needs and the decarbonisation goals, the Conclusions of the 2020 July European Council, according to which “Union expenditure should be consistent with Paris Agreement objectives and the "do no harm" principle of the European Green Deal, sustainability in terms of the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid or the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as relevant, should be assessed in order to ensure that TEN-E policy is coherent with energy and climate policy objectives of the Union. The sustainability of CO2 transport networks is addressed by their purpose to transport carbon dioxide.

(16) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 requires a candidate project of common interest to prove a significant contribution to at least one criterion from a set of criteria in the process for the elaboration of the Union list, which may, but does not need to, include sustainability. That requirement, in line with the specific needs of the internal energy market at the time, enabled development of projects of common interest which addressed only security of supply risks even if they did not demonstrate benefits in terms of sustainability. However, given the evolution of the Union infrastructure needs and the decarbonisation goals, the Conclusions of the 2020 July European Council, according to which “Union expenditure should be consistent with Paris Agreement objectives and the "do no harm" principle of the European Green Deal, sustainability in terms of the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid or the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as relevant, should be assessed in order to ensure that TEN-E policy is coherent with energy and climate policy objectives of the Union taking into account the specificities of each Member State and the needs to implement different pathways towards decarbonisation. The sustainability of CO2 transport networks is addressed by assessing a level of net reduction of CO2 emissions along the whole project lifecycle and the absence of alternative technological solutions to achieve the same level of CO2 reduction.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>18</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 17</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17) The Union should facilitate infrastructure projects linking the Union’s energy networks with third-country networks that are mutually beneficial and necessary for the energy transition and the achievement of the climate targets, and which also meet the specific criteria of the relevant infrastructure categories pursuant to this Regulation, in particular with neighbouring countries and with countries with which the Union has established specific energy cooperation. Therefore, this Regulation should include in its scope projects of mutual interest where they are sustainable and able to demonstrate significant net socio-economic benefits for at least two Member States and at least one third country. Such projects would be eligible for inclusion in the Union list upon conditions of regulatory approximation with the Union and upon demonstrating a contribution to the Union’s overall energy and climate objectives in terms of security of supply and decarbonisation. Such regulatory alignment or convergence should be presumed for the European Economic Area or Energy Community Contracting Parties. In addition, the third country with which the Union cooperates in the development of projects of mutual interest should facilitate a similar timeline for accelerated implementation and other policy support measures, as stipulated in this Regulation. Therefore, in this Regulation, projects of mutual interest should be considered in the same manner as projects of common interest with all provisions relative to projects of common interest applying also to projects of mutual interest, unless otherwise specified.

(17) The Union should facilitate infrastructure projects linking the Union’s networks with third-country networks that are mutually beneficial and necessary for the energy transition and the achievement of the climate targets, and which also meet the specific criteria of the relevant infrastructure categories pursuant to this Regulation, in particular with neighbouring countries and with countries with which the Union has established specific energy cooperation. Therefore, this Regulation should include in its scope projects of mutual interest where they are sustainable and able to demonstrate significant net socio-economic benefits for at least two Member States and at least one third country to secure future and fair cooperation. Such projects would be eligible for inclusion in the Union list upon conditions of regulatory approximation with the Union and effective implementation of thereof and upon demonstrating a contribution to the Union’s and the third countries’ overall energy and climate objectives in terms of security of supply and decarbonisation. Such regulatory alignment or convergence should be presumed for the European Economic Area or Energy Community Contracting Parties or can be demonstrated in the case of other third countries through bilateral agreements that include relevant provisions on climate and energy policy objectives on decarbonisation and further assessed by an appropriate Regional Group with the support of the Commission. In addition, the third country with which the Union cooperates in the development of projects of mutual interest should facilitate a similar timeline for accelerated implementation and other policy support measures, as stipulated in this Regulation. Therefore, in this Regulation, projects of mutual interest should be considered in the same manner as projects of common interest with all provisions relative to projects of common interest applying also to projects of mutual interest, unless otherwise specified.

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<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>19</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 18</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18) Furthermore, to achieve the Union’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets and climate neutrality objective, Europe needs to significantly scale up renewable electricity generation. The existing infrastructure categories for electricity transmission and storage are crucial for the integration of the significant increase in renewable electricity generation in the power grid. In addition, that requires stepping up investment in offshore renewable energy30 . Coordinating long-term planning and development of offshore and onshore electricity grids should also be addressed. In particular, offshore infrastructure planning should move away from the project-by-project approach towards a coordinated comprehensive approach ensuring the sustainable development of integrated offshore grids in line with the offshore renewable potential of each sea basin, environmental protection and other uses of the sea.

(18) Furthermore, to achieve the Union’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets and climate neutrality objective, Europe needs to significantly scale up renewable electricity generation. The existing infrastructure categories for electricity transmission and storage are crucial for the integration of the significant increase in renewable electricity generation in the power grid. In addition, that requires stepping up investments in offshore renewable energy30 to ensure that the technology matures and becomes more cost-efficient. That includes radial links connecting new offshore wind capacities, as well as hybrid integrated projects. Coordinating long-term planning and development of offshore and onshore electricity grids should also be addressed,. In particular, offshore infrastructure planning should move away from the project-by-project approach towards a coordinated comprehensive approach ensuring the sustainable development of integrated offshore grids in line with the offshore renewable potential of each sea basin, environmental protection and other uses of the sea. An approach based on voluntary cooperation between Member States should be supported. Member States should remain responsible for approving the projects of common interest which are related to their territory and the related costs, and to should be able to independently determine their energy mix in accordance with the Article 194 TFEU.

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30 Offshore Strategy Communication

30 Offshore Strategy Communication

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>20</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 19</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19) Relevant Member States should be able to assess the benefits and costs of the afferent sea basin offshore grids for renewable energy and carry out a preliminary cost sharing analysis at sea basin level to underpin joint political commitments for offshore renewable energy development at sea-basis level. Therefore, the Commission should develop uniform principles for a cost-benefit and cost-sharing methodology for the deployment of the integrated offshore network development plans which should enable Member States to carry out an adequate assessment.

(19) The possibilities of producing offshore wind power differ across the Union. Relevant Member States should be able to assess the benefits and costs of the afferent sea basin integrated offshore network for renewable energy and carry out a preliminary cost sharing analysis at sea basin level to underpin joint political commitments for offshore renewable energy development at sea-basis level. Therefore, the Agency should develop uniform principles for a cost-benefit and cost-sharing methodology for the deployment of the integrated offshore network development plans which should enable Member States to carry out an adequate assessment.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>21</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 20</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20) The Union-wide ten-year network development plan process as basis for the identification of projects of common interest in the categories of electricity and gas has proven to be effective. However, while the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and for Gas (ENTSOs) and transmission system operators have an important role to play in the process, more scrutiny is required, in particular as regards defining the scenarios for the future, identifying long-term infrastructure gaps and bottlenecks and assessing individual projects, to enhance trust in the process. Therefore, due to the need for independent validation, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (‘the Agency’) and the Commission should have an increased role in the process, including in the process for drawing up the Union-wide ten-year network development plan pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council31 and Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council32 .

(20) The Union-wide ten-year network development plan process as basis for the identification of projects of common interest in the categories of electricity and gas has proven to be effective. However, while the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and for Gas (ENTSOs) and transmission system operators have an important role to play in the process, more scrutiny is required, in particular as regards defining the scenarios for the future, identifying long-term infrastructure gaps and bottlenecks and assessing individual projects, to enhance trust in the process. Therefore, due to the need for independent validation, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (‘the Agency’) and the Commission should have an increased role in the process, including in the process for drawing up the Union-wide ten-year network development plan pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council31 and Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council32 . The decision-making under TEN-E framework would benefit from the inclusion of objective, science-based input from an independent scientific body such as the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change (the ‘Advisory Board’). That decision-making process should be organised in the most effective manner to avoid duplication.

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31 Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the internal market for electricity (OJ L 158, 14.6.2019, p. 54).

31 Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the internal market for electricity (OJ L 158, 14.6.2019, p. 54).

32 Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1775/2005 (OJ L 211, 14.8.2009, p. 36).

32 Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1775/2005 (OJ L 211, 14.8.2009, p. 36).

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>22</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 20 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(20a) In line with the conclusions of the 2020 Energy Infrastructure Forum, it is necessary to ensure that all relevant sectors, such as gas, electricity, heating and transport, are considered in an integrated perspective in the planning processes of all onshore and offshore, transmission and distribution infrastructure. In order to comply with the Paris Agreement and to achieve Union’s 2030 climate objectives, the 2040 offshore energy development objectives and in the line with the target of climate neutrality at the latest by 2050, TEN-E framework should rely on a smarter, more integrated, long-term and optimized “one energy system” view through deployment of a framework that enables greater coordination of infrastructure planning across different sectors and creates opportunity to optimally integrate various coupling solutions involving different network elements between various infrastructures. This should be secured by developing single sector integrated methodologies that will provide consistency between each other and will reflect interdependencies between all relevant market players. Furthermore, this should be ensured by a common cost-benefit methodology for cross-sectorial assessments developed as a part of the integrated model by ENTSOs, as well as a strong involvement of different sectors in the process through a dedicated Energy Infrastructure Stakeholders Committee.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>23</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 21</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(21) It is important to ensure that only infrastructure projects for which no reasonable alternative solutions exist may receive the status of project of common interest. For that purpose, the infrastructure gaps identification will follow the energy efficiency first principle and consider with priority all relevant non-infrastructure related solutions to address the identified gaps. In addition, during project implementation, project promoters should report on the compliance with environmental legislation and demonstrate that projects do no significant harm to the environment in accordance with Article 17 of Regulation (EC) 2020/85233 . For existing projects of common interest having reached sufficient maturity, this will be taken into account during project selection for subsequent Union list by the regional groups.

(21) It is important to ensure that only infrastructure projects for which no reasonable alternative solutions exist may receive the status of project of common interest. To that end, the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle, as elaborated in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and Commission initiative on 'The ‘energy efficiency first’ principle - practical implementation guidelines for decision makers”, should be integrated throughout the infrastructure planning and project assessment process. In line with energy efficiency first principle all relevant alternatives for the optimisation of the existing transmission systems that could contribute to address the gaps identified in the phase of the infrastructure gap identification should be considered, and whenever they are more cost-efficient on a system-wide perspective as per cost-benefit analysis than the construction of new infrastructure, those alternative solutions should be implemented. The Regional Groups, assisted by the national regulatory authorities, should consider the assumptions and outcomes of the infrastructure gaps assessment developed in line with this Regulation and ensure that the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle is fully reflected in the PCI selection process. In addition, during project implementation, project promoters should report on the compliance with environmental legislation and demonstrate that projects do no significant harm to the environment in accordance with Article 17 of Regulation (EC) 2020/85233 . For existing projects of common interest having reached sufficient maturity, this will be taken into account during project selection for subsequent Union list by the regional groups.

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33 Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment, and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/2088, OJ L 198, 22.6.2020, p. 13

33 Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment, and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/2088, OJ L 198, 22.6.2020, p. 13

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>24</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 22</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22) To ensure voltage and frequency stability, particular attention should be given to the stability of the European electricity network under the changing conditions, especially in view of the growing share of renewable electricity.

(22) To ensure voltage and frequency stability, particular attention should be given to the stability of the European electricity network as well as the capacity of cross-border infrastructure for transmission under the changing conditions, especially in view of the growing share of flexibility options, such as sustainable energy storage, and renewable electricity. Efforts to maintain and guarantee a satisfactory level of planned low-carbon energy production, in order to ensure security of supply for citizens and businesses, should be given particular priority.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>25</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 23</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(23) Following close consultations with all Member States and stakeholders, the Commission has identified 13 strategic trans-European energy infrastructure priorities, the implementation of which is essential for the achievement of the Union’s 2030 and 2050 energy and climate policy targets. Those priorities cover different geographic regions or thematic areas in the field of electricity transmission and storage, offshore grids for renewable energy, hydrogen transmission and storage, electrolysers, smart gas grids, smart electricity grids, and carbon dioxide transport.

(23) Following close consultations with all Member States and stakeholders, the Commission has identified 13 strategic trans-European energy infrastructure priorities, the implementation of which is essential for the achievement of the Union’s 2030 and 2050 energy and climate policy targets. Those priorities cover different geographic regions or thematic areas in the field of electricity transmission and storage, offshore grids for renewable energy, hydrogen transmission and storage, electrolysers, smart gas grids, smart electricity grids, and carbon dioxide transport and storage.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>26</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 25 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(25a) In order to increase efficiency of the process, the cooperation between the regional groups should be strengthened and further encouraged. It is necessary that the Commission plays an important role in facilitating that cooperation with a view to addressing possible impacts of projects on other regional groups.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>27</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 27</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27) Projects of common interest should be implemented as quickly as possible and should be closely monitored and evaluated, while keeping the administrative burden for project promoters to a minimum. The Commission should nominate European coordinators for projects facing particular difficulties. The progress in the implementation of the specific projects as well as the fulfilment of the obligations pertaining to this Regulation should be taken into account in the selection process for subsequent Union lists for the respective projects.

(27) Projects of common interest should be implemented as quickly as possible and should be closely monitored and evaluated, while duly respecting the requirements for stakeholder participation and environmental legislation and keeping the administrative burden for project promoters to a minimum. The Commission should nominate European coordinators for projects facing particular difficulties or delays. The progress in the implementation of the specific projects as well as the fulfilment of the obligations pertaining to this Regulation should be taken into account in the selection process for subsequent Union lists for the respective projects.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>28</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 29</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(29) The planning and implementation of Union projects of common interest in the areas of energy, transport and telecommunication infrastructure should be coordinated to generate synergies whenever it is feasible from an overall economic, technical, environmental, climate or spatial planning point of view and with due regard to the relevant safety aspects. Thus, during the planning of the the various European networks, it should be possible to give preference to integrating transport, communication and energy networks in order to ensure that as little land as possible is taken up, whilst ensuring, where possible, that existing or disused routes are reused, in order to reduce to a minimum any negative social, economic, environmental, climate and financial impact.

(29) The planning and implementation of Union projects of common interest in the areas of energy, transport and telecommunication infrastructure should be coordinated to generate synergies whenever it is feasible from an overall economic, technical, environmental, climate or spatial planning point of view and with due regard to the energy system integration strategy, taking into account  relevant safety aspects. Thus, during the planning of the various European networks, it should be possible to give preference to integrating transport, communication and energy networks in order to ensure that as little land as possible is taken up. A common vision on the networks is necessary for energy system integration in the different sectors, whilst ensuring, where possible, that existing or disused routes are reused, in order to reduce to a minimum any negative social, economic, environmental, climate and financial impact.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>29</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 31 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(31a) It is essential that stakeholders, including civil society, are provided with information and consulted, in order to ensure the success of projects and to limit objections against them.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>30</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 32</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(32) In order to reduce complexity, increase efficiency and transparency and help enhance cooperation among Member States there should be a competent authority or authorities integrating or coordinating all permit granting processes (‘one-stop shop’).

(32) In order to reduce complexity, increase efficiency and transparency and help enhance cooperation among Member States, they should create unique points of contact.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>31</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 33</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(33) In order to simplify and expedite the permitting process for offshore grids for renewable energy, the Member States around a particular sea basin should create unique points of contact, referred to as an ‘offshore one-stop shop’, in view of regional specificities and geography, for the for facilitating and coordinating the process of granting of permits to such projects. Moreover, the establishment of a one-stop shop per sea basin for offshore grids for renewable energy should reduce complexity, increase efficiency and speed up the permitting process of offshore transmission assets often crossing many jurisdictions.

(33) In order to simplify and expedite the permitting process for offshore networks for renewable energy, the Member States around a particular sea basin should create unique points of contact, taking into account regional specificities and geography, reducing administrative burden for project developers, and facilitating the process of granting of permits to such projects. Moreover, the establishment of a unique point of contact,per sea basin for offshore networks for renewable energy should reduce complexity, increase efficiency and speed up the permitting process of offshore transmission assets often crossing many jurisdictions.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>32</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 38</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(38) The costs for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of projects of common interest should in general be fully borne by the users of the infrastructure. Projects of common interest should be eligible for cross-border cost allocation where an assessment of market demand or of the expected effects on the tariffs indicate that costs cannot be expected to be recovered by the tariffs paid by the infrastructure users.

(38) The costs for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of projects of common interest should in general be fully borne by the users of the infrastructure. The cost allocation should ensure that end-users are not disproportionately burdened, especially if that could lead to energy poverty. Projects of common interest should be eligible for cross-border cost allocation where an assessment of market demand or of the expected effects on the tariffs indicate that costs cannot be expected to be recovered by the tariffs paid by the infrastructure users.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>33</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 39</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(39) The discussion on the appropriate allocation of costs should be based on the analysis of the costs and benefits of an infrastructure project carried out on the basis of a harmonised methodology for energy-system-wide analysis, using the same scenario used at the time when the project was included in the Union list of projects of common interest, in the framework of the Union-wide ten-year network development plans prepared by the European Networks of Transmission System Operators pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/943 and (EC) No 715/2009, and reviewed by the Agency. That analysis can take into consideration indicators and corresponding reference values for the comparison of unit investment costs.

(39) The discussion on the appropriate allocation of costs should be based on the analysis of the costs and benefits of an infrastructure project carried out on the basis of a harmonised methodology for energy-system-wide analysis, using all relevant scenarios established in the framework of the Union-wide ten-year network development plans prepared by the European Networks of Transmission System Operators pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/943 and (EC) No 715/2009, and reviewed by the Agency and other scenarios for network development planning, allowing a robust analysis of the contribution of the project of common interest to the Union energy policy of decarbonisation, market integration, competition, sustainability and security of supply. That analysis can take into consideration indicators and corresponding reference values for the comparison of unit investment costs.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>34</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 40</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(40) In an increasingly integrated internal energy market, clear and transparent rules for cost allocation across borders are necessary in order to accelerate investment in cross-border infrastructure. It is essential to ensure a stable financing framework for the development of projects of common interest while minimising the need for financial support. In deciding on cross-border cost allocation, national regulatory authorities should allocate investment costs across borders in their entirety and include them in the national tariffs, and, afterwards determine whether their impact on national tariffs could represent a disproportionate burden for consumers. The national regulatory authorities should avoid the risks of double support for projects by taking into account actual or estimated charges and revenues. Those charges and revenues should be taken into account only insofar as they relate to the projects and designed to cover the costs concerned.

(40) In an increasingly integrated internal energy market, clear and transparent rules for cost allocation across borders are necessary in order to accelerate investment in cross-border infrastructure and projects with cross-border impacts. It is essential to ensure a stable financing framework for the development of projects of common interest while minimising the need for financial support, and at the same time to encourage interested investors, with appropriate incentives and financial mechanisms, so that in the development phase the final electricity price is not burdened by tariffs. In deciding on cross-border cost allocation, national regulatory authorities should allocate investment costs across borders in their entirety and include them in the national tariffs, and, afterwards determine whether their impact on national tariffs could represent a disproportionate burden for consumers. The national regulatory authorities should avoid the risks of double support for projects by taking into account actual or estimated charges and revenues. Those charges and revenues should be taken into account only insofar as they relate to the projects and designed to cover the costs concerned.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>35</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 40 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(40a) The needs of an integrated energy market go beyond a physical cross-border footprint of infrastructure projects in order to contribute to the TEN-E pillars, such as sustainability or security of supply. There is a need for cross-border projects that have a positive effect on the Union's power grid, such as smart electricity grids or electrolysers, without involving a physical common border.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>36</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 45</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(45) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 has demonstrated the added value of leveraging private funding through significant Union financial assistance to allow the implementation of projects of European significance. In the light of the economic and financial situation, and budgetary constraints, targeted support, through grants and financial instruments, should continue under the multiannual financial framework, in order to attract new investors into the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas, while keeping the budgetary contribution of the Union to a minimum.

(45) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 has demonstrated the added value of leveraging private funding through significant Union financial assistance to allow the implementation of projects of European significance. In the light of the economic and financial situation, and budgetary constraints, targeted support, through grants and financial instruments, should continue under the multiannual financial framework, in order to maximise the benefits to Union citizens and to attract new investors into the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas, while keeping the budgetary contribution of the Union to a minimum.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>37</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 47</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(47) Grants for works related to projects of mutual interest should be available only for the investments located on the territory of the Union and only in case where at least two Member States contribute financially in a significant manner to the investment costs of the project in view of its benefits.

(47) Grants for works related to projects of mutual interest should be available only for the parts of investments located on the territory of the Union and only in case where at least two Member States contribute financially in a significant manner to the investment costs of the project in view of its benefits.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>38</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 50 – indent 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 to supplement this Regulation by reviewing the scope and composition of the priority corridors and thematic areas and adopting new lists of priority corridors and thematic areas;

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</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>39</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 50 – indent 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 to amend annexes to this Regulation so as to adopt and review the Union list of projects of common interest, while respecting the right of the Member States and third countries to approve projects of common interest or projects of mutual interest related to their territory.

 annexes to this Regulation so as to adopt and review the Union list of projects of common interest, while respecting the right of the Member States and third countries to approve projects of common interest or projects of mutual interest related to their territory.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>40</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 51</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(51) In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation as regards cross-border cost allocation procedures and enable Member States to assess benefits and costs of the afferent sea basin offshore grids for renewable energy, in view also of the market and financial arrangements for the generation sites, such as support already granted, and carry out a preliminary cost sharing analysis at sea basin level, implementing powers in accordance with Article 291 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council45 . The advisory procedure should be used for the adoption of those implementing acts.

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45 OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13.

 

</Amend><Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>41</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Recital 52</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(52) Since the objectives of this Regulation, namely the development and interoperability of trans-European energy networks and connection to such networks, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore be better achieved at Union level, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve those objectives.

(52) Since the objectives of this Regulation, namely the development and interoperability of trans-European energy networks and connection to such networks and infrastructure that contribute to the Union’s 2030 climate and energy targets, the climate neutrality objective at the latest by 2050 and energy security, market integration and competition for all Member States, as well as affordability and accessibility of energy carriers, economic and social development and cohesion across the Union cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore be better achieved at Union level, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve those objectives.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>42</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 1 – paragraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. This Regulation lays down guidelines for the timely development and interoperability of the priority corridors and areas of trans-European energy infrastructure set out in Annex I (‘energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas’) that contribute to the Union’s 2030 climate and energy targets and the climate neutrality objective by 2050.

1. This Regulation lays down guidelines for the timely development and interoperability of the priority corridors and areas of trans-European energy infrastructure set out in Annex I (‘energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas’) that contribute to ensuring climate change mitigation and, in particular, achievingthe Union’s 2030 climate and energy targets, as set out in Article 2(11) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the climate neutrality objective at the latest by 2050 and energy security, market integration and competition for all Member States, as well as the affordability and accessibility of energy carriers, economic and social development and cohesion across the Union.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>43</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point b</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) facilitates the timely implementation of projects of common interest by streamlining, coordinating more closely, and accelerating permit granting processes and by enhancing public participation;

(b) facilitates the timely implementation of projects of common interest and projects of mutual interest by streamlining, coordinating more closely, and accelerating permit granting processes and by enhancing public participation;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>44</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point c</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) provides rules and guidance for the cross-border allocation of costs and risk-related incentives for projects of common interest;

(c) provides rules and guidance for the cross-border allocation of costs and risk-related incentives for projects of common interest and projects of mutual interest;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>45</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point d</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) determines the conditions for eligibility of projects of common interest for Union financial assistance;

(d) determines the conditions for eligibility of projects of common interest and projects of mutual interest for Union financial assistance;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>46</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In addition to the definitions in Directives 2009/73/EC, (EU) 2018/200146 and (EU) 2019/944 of the European Parliament and of the Council and in Regulations (EC) No 715/2009, (EU) 2019/942, and (EU) 2019/943, the following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this Regulation:

In addition to the definitions in Directives 2009/73/EC, (EU) 2018/200146 and (EU) 2019/944 of the European Parliament and of the Council and in Regulations (EC) No 715/2009, (EU) 2019/942, (EU) 2018/1999 and (EU) 2019/943, the following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this Regulation;

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46 Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, OJ L 328, 21.12.2018, p. 82

46 Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, OJ L 328, 21.12.2018, p. 82

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>47</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) ‘energy infrastructure’ means any physical equipment or facility falling under the energy infrastructure categories which is located within the Union, or linking the Union and one or more third countries;

(1) ‘energy infrastructure’ means any physical equipment or facility to transport, convert, aggregate, monitor, manage or store energy falling under the energy infrastructure categories which is located within the Union, or linking the Union and one or more third countries;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>48</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1 b (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1b) ‘security of supply’ or ‘energy security’ means the continuous and uninterrupted availability of energy by increasing efficiency and interoperability of transmission and distribution networks, promoting system flexibility, avoiding congestions, ensuring resilient supply chains, cybersecurity and the protection and climate adaptation of all, and in particular, ‘critical’ infrastructure while reducing strategic energy dependencies;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>49</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) ‘project of common interest’ means a project necessary to implement the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas set out in Annex I and which is part of the Union list of projects of common interest referred to in Article 3;

(4) ‘project of common interest’ means a project necessary to implement the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas set out in Annex I to this Regulation or projects set out in Annex II to this Regulation developed in islands that are not interconnected or not sufficiently connected to the trans-European energy networks and that are small isolated systems or small connected systems, as defined in Article 2, points (42) and (43), of Directive (EU) 2019/944, and that contribute significantly to the decarbonisation objectives of the island energy system and those of the Union, and to sustainability in the territory in which it is located, and which is part of the Union list of projects of common interest referred to in Article 3 of this Regulation;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>50</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) ‘project of mutual interest’ means a project promoted by the Union in cooperation with third countries;

(5) ‘project of mutual interest’ means a project promoted by the Union in cooperation with third countries that falls under one of the categories set out in point 1(a), 1(e), 3(a) or 5(a) of Annex II, that contributes to the Union’s overall energy and climate objectives, and that is part of the Union list of projects referred to in Article 3.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>51</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) ‘energy infrastructure bottleneck’ means limitation of physical flows in an energy system due to insufficient transmission capacity, which includes inter alia the absence of infrastructure;

(6) ‘energy infrastructure bottleneck’ means limitation of physical flows in an energy system due to insufficient transmission capacity, which includes inter alia the absence of infrastructure, storage, conversion or demand response aggregation;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>52</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point a</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) a transmission system operator (TSO), distribution system operator or other operator or investor developing a project of common interest;

(a) a transmission system operator (TSO), distribution system operator (DSO) or other operator or investor developing a project of common interest;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>53</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 8</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) ‘smart electricity grid’ means an electricity network where the grid operator can digitally monitor the actions of the users connected to it, and information and communication technologies (ICT) for communicating with related grid operators, generators, consumers and/or prosumers, with a view to transmitting electricity in a sustainable, cost-efficient and secure way;

(8) ‘smart electricity grid’ means an electricity network that can integrate, in a cost efficient manner, the behaviour and actions of all users connected to it, including generators, consumers and prosumers, in order to ensure an economically efficient and sustainable power system with low losses and high levels of renewable sources integration, security of supply and safety and in which the grid operator can digitally monitor the actions of the users connected to it, and information and communication technologies (ICT) for communicating with related grid operators, generators, energy storage facilities, and consumers and/or prosumers, with a view to transmitting electricity in a sustainable, cost-efficient and secure way;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>54</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) ‘grid operator’ means TSO or DSO.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>55</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9 b (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9b) ‘repurposing’ means the technical upgrade or modification of existing natural gas infrastructure for the use of pure hydrogen;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>56</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9 c (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9c) ‘district heating and cooling’ means an efficient district heating and cooling as defined in Article 2, point 41 of Directive 2012/27/EU;

</Amend><Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>57</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 11</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) ‘works’ means the purchase, supply and deployment of components, systems and services including software, the carrying out of development and construction and installation activities relating to a project, the acceptance of installations and the launching of a project;

(11) ‘works’ means the purchase, supply and deployment of components, systems and services including software, the carrying out of development, repurposing and construction and installation activities relating to a project, the acceptance of installations and the launching of a project;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>58</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 14 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a) ‘dedicated hydrogen assets’ means infrastructure ready to accommodate pure hydrogen without further adaptation works, including pipeline networks or storage;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>59</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 15</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) ‘relevant national regulatory authorities’ means the national regulatory authorities in the Member States to which the project provides a significant positive impact;

(15) ‘relevant national regulatory authorities’ means the national regulatory authorities in the Member States hosting the projects and in Member States to which the project provides a significant positive impact;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>60</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 20 supplementing this Regulation concerning the scope and composition of the priority corridors and areas.

deleted

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>61</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 3 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point b a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) it shall prepare and publish a report containing at least a description of each individual project, the promoter’s presentations, the methodology adopted by the Group and a justification showing how the selected projects contribute to objectives set out in Article 1(1).

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>62</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 3 – paragraph 4 – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 20 of this Regulation amending annexes to this Regulation in order to establish the Union list of projects of common interest (‘Union list’), subject to the second paragraph of Article 172 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 20 of this Regulation in order to establish the Union list of projects of common interest (‘Union list’), subject to the second paragraph of Article 172 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>63</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 3 – paragraph 5 – point a</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) ensure that only those projects that fulfil the criteria referred to in Article 4 are included;

(a) ensure that only those projects that fulfil the criteria referred to in Article 4 and natural gas projects referred to in Article 24b are included in the Union list;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>64</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 3 – paragraph 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Projects of common interest included on the Union list pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) of Annex II, shall become an integral part of the relevant regional investment plans under Article 34 of Regulation (EU) 2019/943 and Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 and of the relevant national 10-year network development plans under Article 51 of Directive (EU) 2019/944 and Article 22 of Directive 2009/73/EC and other national infrastructure plans concerned, as appropriate. Those projects shall be conferred the highest possible priority within each of those plans. This paragraph shall not apply to projects of mutual interest.

6. Projects of common interest included on the Union list pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) of Annex II, that have reached the sufficient degree of maturity referred to Part 2, point (1)(c) of Annex III shall become an integral part of the relevant regional investment plans under Article 34 of Regulation (EU) 2019/943 and Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 and of the relevant national ten-year network development plans under Article 51 of Directive (EU) 2019/944 and Article 22 of Directive 2009/73/EC and other national infrastructure plans concerned, as appropriate. Those projects shall be conferred the highest possible priority within each of those plans.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>65</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 3 – paragraph 6 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a. Projects of common interest included on the Union list pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1)(a),(b), (c) and (e) of Annex II, that have not yet reached the sufficient degree of maturity referred to in  Part 2, point(1)(c) of Annex III, shall be included in the relevant regional investment plans, the national ten-year network development plans and other national infrastructure plans, as appropriate, as projects under consideration, which are under further scrutiny, pending the assessment of their maturity before effective inclusion in the relevant plans as a planned project.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>66</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) the project is in line with the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle and contributes to sustainability;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>67</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – point i</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) involves at least two Member States by directly crossing the border of two or more Member States;

(i) involves at least two Member States by directly or indirectly (via third country) crossing the border of two or more Member States;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>68</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – point ii a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ii a) is located in islands not interconnected or not sufficiently connected to the trans-European energy networks and that are small isolated systems or small connected systems, as defined in Article 2, points (42) and (43) of Directive (EU) 2019/944, and contributes significantly to the decarbonisation objectives of the island energy system and those of the Union, and to sustainability in the territory in which it is located;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>69</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point -a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(- a) the project falls under one of the energy infrastructure categories from point 1(a), 1(e), 3(a) or 5(a) of Annex II;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>70</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point a</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the project contributes significantly to the decarbonisation objectives of the Union and those of the third country and to sustainability, including through the integration of renewable energy into the grid and the transmission of renewable generation to major consumption centres and storage sites, and;

(a) the project contributes significantly to the decarbonisation policies and objectives of the Union and those of the third country and to sustainability, including through the integration of renewable energy into the grid and the transmission and distribution of renewable generation to major consumption centres and storage sites, and;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>71</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point b</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the potential overall benefits of the project, assessed in accordance with the respective specific criteria in paragraph 3, outweigh its costs, including in the longer term;

(b) the potential overall benefits of the project identified on the territory of the Union and in third countries which apply the Union acquis and which have concluded an agreement with the Union, assessed in accordance with the respective specific criteria in paragraph 3, outweigh its costs on the same perimeter, including in the longer term;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>72</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point b a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) the project is in line with the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>73</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point d</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) for the part located on Union territory, the project is in line with Directives 2009/73/EC and (EU) 2019/944 where it falls within the infrastructure categories described in points (1) and (3) of Annex II;

(d) the project is in line with Directives 2009/73/EC and (EU) 2019/944 where it falls within the infrastructure categories described in points (1) and (3) of Annex II;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>74</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) the third country or countries involved have a high level of regulatory alignment or convergence to support the overall policy objectives of the Union, in particular to ensure:

(e) the third country or countries involved have a high level of regulatory alignment or convergence and demonstrated effective legal enforcement mechanisms to support the overall policy objectives of the Union, in particular to ensure:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>75</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – point i</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

i) a well-functioning internal energy market;

(i) a well-functioning internal energy market, in particular through the application of third-party access, ownership unbundling and transparent and cost-reflective tariffs;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>76</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – point ii</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

ii) security of energy supplies based on cooperation and solidarity;

(ii) security of energy supplies based on diversification of sources, cooperation and solidarity, and reduction of strategic energy dependencies;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>77</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – point iii a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iii a) energy exports to the Union do not hinder the capacity of the third country to phase out fossil fuel generation assets to satisfy its domestic energy consumption;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>78</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point a – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) for electricity transmission and storage projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability through the integration of renewable energy into the grid and the transmission of renewable generation to major consumption centres and storage sites, and at least one of the following specific criteria:

(a) for electricity transmission and storage projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1)(a), (aa), (b), (c) and (e) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability through energy efficiency gains, reduced network losses and the integration of renewable energy into the grid and the transmission and distribution of renewable generation to major consumption centres and storage sites and contribute to reduced energy curtailment, and at least one of the following specific criteria evaluated in accordance with the rules and indicators set out in Annex IV:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>79</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point b – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) for smart electricity grid projects falling under the energy infrastructure category set out in point (1)(d) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability through the integration of renewable energy into the grid, and at least two of the following specific criteria:

(b) for smart electricity grid projects and network components falling under the energy infrastructure category set out in points (1)(d) and (e) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability through the integration of renewable energy into the grid or the electrification of transport and final uses, and at least one of the following specific criteria, evaluated in accordance with the rules and indicators set out in Annex IV:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>80</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point b – point iii</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) network security, flexibility and quality of supply, including through higher uptake of innovation in balancing, cybersecurity, monitoring, system control and error correction.

(iii) network security, flexibility and quality of supply, including through higher uptake of innovation in balancing, flexibility markets, cybersecurity, monitoring, system control and error correction.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>81</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point b – point iii a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iii a) smart sector integration, either in the energy system through linking different energy carriers and sectors, or in a wider way, favouring synergies and coordination between the energy, transport and telecommunication sectors;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>82</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point c – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) for carbon dioxide transport projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in point (5) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to all of the following specific criteria:

(c) for carbon dioxide transport and storage projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in point (5) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability through reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the connected industrial clusters. Furthermore, the project is to contribute to all of the following specific criteria:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>83</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point c – point i</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) avoid carbon dioxide emissions while maintaining security of energy supply;

(i) permanent removal of carbon dioxide emissions for permanent storage while maintaining security of energy supply;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>84</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point c – point ii</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) increase the resilience and security of carbon dioxide transport;

(ii) increase the resilience and security of carbon dioxide transport and storage;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>85</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point c – point iii</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) efficient use of resources, by enabling the connection of multiple carbon dioxide sources and storage sites via common infrastructure and minimising environmental burden and risks.

(iii) efficient use of resources, by enabling the connection of multiple carbon dioxide sources originating from industrial clusters and storage sites via common infrastructure and other modes of transport such as ship, barge, truck and train and minimising environmental burden and risks.

</Amend><Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>86</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point d – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) for hydrogen projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in point (3) of Annex II the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by enhancing the deployment of renewable hydrogen and supporting variable renewable power generation by offering flexibility and/or storage solutions. Furthermore, the project is to contribute significantly to at least one of the following specific criteria:

(d) for hydrogen projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in point (3) of Annex II the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in end-use applications, such as hard-to-abate sectors, in which more energy efficient solutions are not feasable, by enhancing the deployment of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen and supporting variable renewable power generation by offering flexibility and/or storage solutions. Furthermore, the project is to contribute significantly to at least one of the following specific criteria:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>87</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point e – point i</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) sustainability, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the deployment of renewable hydrogen.

(i) sustainability, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the deployment of renewable hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuels.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>88</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point e – point iii</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) facilitating smart energy sector integration through linking different energy carriers and sectors.

(iii) the enabling of flexibility services, such as demand response and storage by facilitating smart energy sector integration through the creation of links to other energy carriers and sectors.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>89</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point f a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa) for district heating and cooling systems falling under the energy infrastructure category set out in point (5a) of Annex II, the project is to contribute significantly to sustainability by enabling and facilitating the integration of renewable and waste heat and cold in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a better integration and interlinking of the sectors. Furthermore, the project is to contribute significantly to at least one of the following specific criteria, assessed in accordance with the rules and indicators set out in Annex IV:

 

(i)  network security and quality of supply by increasing the use of locally sourced renewable energy and waste heat and cold and, improving the efficiency and interoperability of gas transmission and distribution or storage systems in day-to-day network operation by, among others, addressing challenges resulting from the injection of heat and cold of different temperatures through the deployment of innovative technologies;

 

(ii)  market functioning and customer services;

 

(iii)  facilitating smart energy sector integration through the creation of links to other energy carriers and sectors and enabling demand response.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>90</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. For projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1) to (4) of Annex II, the contribution to the criteria listed in paragraph 3 of this Article shall be assessed in accordance with the indicators set out in points (3) to (7) of Annex IV.

4. For projects falling under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1) to (5a) of Annex II, the contribution to the criteria listed in paragraph 3 of this Article shall be assessed in accordance with the indicators set out in points (3) to (7b) of Annex IV.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>91</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2 – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In assessing projects, each Group shall give due consideration to:

In assessing projects, in order to ensure a consistent assessment approach among different Groups, each Group shall give due consideration to:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>92</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2 – point a</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the urgency of each proposed project in order to meet the Union energy policy targets of decarbonisation, market integration, competition, sustainability and security of supply;

(a) the urgency and the level of contribution of each proposed project in order to meet the Union energy and climate policy objectives of decarbonisation, market integration, competition, sustainability, security of supply and affordability of energy;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>93</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2 – point b</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) complementarity with regard to other proposed projects;

(b) the interrelationship of the project under assessment with other proposed projects, which could be complementary to, competing with, or potentially competing with, that project;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>94</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 4 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2 – point b a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) possible synergies with priority corridors and thematic areas identified under trans-European networks for transport and telecommunications;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>95</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 5 – paragraph 1 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Project promoters shall make the implementation plan referred to in paragraph 1 publicly available and specify the expected commissioning date, the status of the project and the progress of the project compared to the previous Union wide ten-year network development plan and, including where applicable the reasons for delay or for rescheduling.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>96</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 5 – paragraph 4 – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. By 31 December of each year following the year of inclusion of a project of common interest on the Union list pursuant to Article 3, project promoters shall submit an annual report, for each project falling under the categories set out in points (1) to (4) of Annex II, to the competent authority referred to in Article 8.

4. By 31 December of each year following the year of inclusion of a project of common interest on the Union list pursuant to Article 3, project promoters shall submit an annual report, for each project falling under the categories set out in points (1) to (4) and 5(a) of Annex II, to the competent authority referred to in Article 8.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>97</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 5 – paragraph 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. By 30 April of each year when a new Union list should be adopted, the Agency shall submit, to the Groups a consolidated report for the projects of common interest subject to the competency of national regulatory authorities, evaluating the progress achieved and make, where appropriate, recommendations on how to overcome the delays and difficulties encountered. That consolidated report shall also evaluate, in accordance with Article 5 of Regulation (EU) 2019/942, the consistent implementation of the Union-wide network development plans with regard to the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas.

6. By 30 April of each year when a new Union list should be adopted, the Agency shall submit, to the Groups a consolidated report for the projects of common interest subject to the competency of national regulatory authorities, evaluating the progress achieved, and the evolution of the expected project costs, and make, where appropriate, recommendations on how to overcome the delays and difficulties encountered. That consolidated report shall also evaluate, in accordance with Article 5 of Regulation (EU) 2019/942, the consistent implementation of the Union-wide network development plans with regard to the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>98</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 5 – paragraph 6 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a. At the Agency’s request, project promoters shall provide the Agency with the implementation plan referred to in paragraph 1 and other information necessary for carrying out the Agency’s tasks set out in paragraph 6.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>99</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point b</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) assist all parties as necessary in consulting concerned stakeholders and obtaining necessary permits for the projects;

(b) assist all parties as necessary in consulting concerned stakeholders, proposing and discussing alternative routing, where appropriate, and obtaining necessary permits for the projects;

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>100</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 6 – paragraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The European coordinator shall be chosen on the basis of his or her experience with regard to the specific tasks assigned to him or her for the projects concerned.

3. The European coordinator shall be chosen following an open, non-discriminatory and transparent process and on the basis of a candidate’s experience with regard to the specific tasks assigned to him or her for the projects concerned.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>101</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 7 – paragraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The adoption of the Union list shall establish, for the purposes of any decisions issued in the permit granting process, the necessity of those projects from an energy policy perspective, without prejudice to the exact location, routing or technology of the project.

1. The adoption of the Union list shall establish, for the purposes of any decisions issued in the permit granting process, the necessity of those projects from an energy policy and climate perspective, without prejudice to the exact location, routing or technology of the project.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>102</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 8 – paragraph 3 – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Without prejudice to relevant requirements under international and Union law, the competent authority shall facilitate the issuing of the comprehensive decision. The comprehensive decision shall be the final proof that the project of common interest has achieved ready-to-build status and there shall be no other requirements for any additional permits or authorisations in that respect. The comprehensive decision shall be issued within the time limit referred to in Article 10(1) and (2) and in accordance with one of the following schemes:

3. Without prejudice to relevant requirements under national, international and Union law, the competent authority shall facilitate the issuing of the comprehensive decision as defined in Article 2(2). The comprehensive decision shall be the final proof that the project of common interest has achieved ready-to-build status and there shall be no other requirements for any additional permits or authorisations in that respect. The comprehensive decision shall be issued within the time limit referred to in Article 10(1) and (2) and in accordance with one of the following schemes:

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>103</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 8 – paragraph 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. By [31 July 2022] and for each specific Regional Group per priority offshore grid corridor, as defined in Annex I, national competent authorities in Member States belonging to the respective Group, shall jointly create unique points of contact, ‘offshore one-stop shops’, for project promoters, which shall be responsible for facilitating and coordinating the permit granting process for offshore grids for renewable energy projects of common interest, taking into account also the need for coordination between the permitting process for the energy infrastructure and the one for the generation assets. The offshore one-stop shops shall act as a repository of existing sea basin studies and plans, aiming at facilitating the permitting process of individual projects of common interest and coordinate the issuance of the comprehensive decisions for such projects by the relevant national competent authorities. Each Regional Group per priority offshore grid corridor, with the assistance of the national competent authorities in the Members States belonging to the Group, shall set-up the offshore one-stop shops depending on regional specificities and geography and determine their location, resource allocation and specific rules for their functioning.

6. By [31 July 2022] and for each specific Regional Group per priority offshore grid corridor, as defined in Annex I, national competent authorities in Member States belonging to the respective Group, shall jointly create a unique point of contact per priority offshore grid corridor, for project promoters, which shall be responsible for facilitating and coordinating the cooperation of the national authorities on the permit granting for offshore grids for renewable energy projects of common interest, as referred to in Annex III, by ensuring an uninterrupted flow of information between members of the Regional Group and serve as information-sharing platform for peer-learning. The offshore point of contact shall act as a repository aggregating the existing sea basin studies and plans, aiming at facilitating the permitting process of individual projects of common interest and the issuance of the comprehensive decisions for such projects by the relevant national competent authorities in accordance with paragraph 3 of this Article and Article 10(1) and (2). Each Regional Group per priority offshore grid corridor, with the assistance of the national competent authorities in the Members States belonging to the Group, shall set-up the point of contact depending on regional specificities and geography and determine their location, resource allocation and specific rules for their functioning, as well as regarding participation and transparency while paying due attention for commercially sensitive information.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>104</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 9 – paragraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. By [1 May 2023], the Member State or competent authority shall, where applicable in collaboration with other authorities concerned, publish an updated manual of procedures for the permit granting process applicable to projects of common interest to include at least the information specified in point (1) of Annex VI. The manual shall not be legally binding, but it may refer to or quote relevant legal provisions. The national competent authorities shall coordinate and find synergies with neighbouring countries in developing their manual of procedures.

1. By [1 May 2023], the Member State or competent authority shall, where applicable in collaboration with other authorities concerned, publish an updated manual of procedures for the permit granting process applicable to projects of common interest to include at least the information specified in point (1) of Annex VI. The manual shall not be legally binding. It shall refer to or quote relevant legal provisions. The national competent authorities shall cooperate with the authorities of neighbouring countries with a view to exchanging of good practices and facilitating the permit-granting process.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>105</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 9 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Where it is not already required under national law at the same or higher standards, at least one public consultation shall be carried out by the project promoter, or, where required by national law, by the competent authority, before submission of the final and complete application file to the competent authority pursuant to Article 10(1)(a). That public consultation shall be without prejudice to any public consultation to be carried out after submission of the request for development consent pursuant to Article 6(2) of Directive 2011/92/EU. The public consultation shall inform the stakeholders referred to in point (3)(a) of Annex VI about the project at an early stage and shall help to identify the most suitable location or trajectory, also in view of adequate climate adaptation considerations for the project, and the relevant issues to be addressed in the application file. The public consultation shall comply with the minimum requirements set out in point (5) of Annex VI. The project promoter shall publish on the website referred to in paragraph 7 of this Article a report explaining how the opinions expressed in the public consultations were taken into account by showing the amendments made in the location, trajectory and design of the project or by justifying why such opinions have not been taken into account.

4. Where it is not already required under national law at the same or higher standards, at least one public consultation shall be carried out by the project promoter, or, where required by national law, by the competent authority, before submission of the final and complete application file to the competent authority pursuant to Article 10(1)(a). That public consultation shall be without prejudice to any public consultation to be carried out after submission of the request for development consent pursuant to Article 6(2) of Directive 2011/92/EU. The public consultation shall inform the stakeholders referred to in point (3)(a) of Annex VI about the project at an early stage and shall help to identify the most suitable location or trajectory, including an alternative, where appropriate, also in view of adequate climate adaptation considerations for the project, and the relevant issues to be addressed in the application file. The public consultation shall comply with the minimum requirements set out in point (5) of Annex VI. The project promoter shall publish on the website referred to in paragraph 7 of this Article a report explaining how the opinions expressed in the public consultations were taken into account by showing the amendments made in the location, trajectory and design of the project or by justifying why such opinions have not been taken into account.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>106</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 9 – paragraph 7 – subparagraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Project promoters shall also publish relevant information by other appropriate information means open to the public.

Project promoters shall also publish relevant information by other appropriate information means open to the public, taking duly into account the inclusion of indigenous populations and vulnerable communities.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>107</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point a – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the pre-application procedure, covering the period between the start of the permit granting process and the acceptance of the submitted application file by the competent authority, shall take place within an indicative period of two years.

(a) the pre-application procedure, covering the period between the start of the permit granting process and the acceptance of the submitted application file by the competent authority, shall take place within of two years.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>108</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 10 – paragraph 2 – introductory part</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The competent authority shall ensure that the combined duration of the two procedures referred to in paragraph 1 does not exceed a period of three years and six months. However, where the competent authority considers that one or both of the two procedures of the permit granting process will not be completed within the time limits set out in paragraph 1, it may decide, before their expiry and on a case by case basis, to extend one or both of those time limits by a maximum of nine months for both procedures combined.

2. The competent authority shall ensure that the combined duration of the two procedures referred to in paragraph 1 does not exceed a period of three years and six months. However, where the competent authority considers that one or both of the two procedures of the permit granting process will not be completed within the time limits set out in paragraph 1, it may decide, before their expiry and on a case by case basis, to extend one or both of those time limits by a maximum of nine months for both procedures combined. The competent authority shall report and duly justify any delay of the permit granting process to the Commission.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>109</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 10 – paragraph 8 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

8a. The requirements and time limits laid down in this Article shall be without prejudice to any more favourable treatment in the permit-granting process provided for in national law.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>110</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 10 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 10a

 

Energy Infrastructure Stakeholder Committee

 

1.  By ... [entry into force of this Regulation], the ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas, in close cooperation with the Agency, shall establish an Energy Infrastructure Stakeholder Committee (the ‘Committee’) in order to provide a balanced depth of expertise across all energy solutions, from demand through delivery to supply side, in order to support the task of delivering an integrated energy system.

 

2.  The Committee shall be composed of representatives of the relevant stakeholders, including the EU DSO entity, participants of electricity, gas, hydrogen, heating and cooling, and electromobility markets, including customers, CCS/U stakeholders, independent aggregators, demand-response operators, organisations involved in energy efficiency solutions and building renovation, energy communities, local authorities, and civil society organisations.

 

The ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas and the Agency shall strive to ensure a balanced representation of all stakeholders.

 

3.  The European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change established pursuant to Article 10a of the Regulation (EC) No 401/2009 (the ‘Advisory Board’) shall participate as a member of the Committee in order to ensure the coherence of the ten-year network development plan process with the climate and energy target objectives. As a member of the Committee, it will contribute to the recommendations the Committee provides to the Agency and the Commission.

 

4.  The Agency shall chair the Committee meetings and shall establish its internal rules of procedure.

 

5.  The ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas, in close cooperation with the Agency, shall organise the Committee involvement in the ten-year network development plan process, particularly with regards to Articles 11, 12, and 13, and other aspects of the implementation of this Regulation as relevant. The Committee shall meet regularly and as often as necessary to allow stakeholders to contribute to the implementation of the tasks set out in paragraph 6 of this Article.

 

This paragraph shall be without prejudice to the stakeholder consultations in accordance with respective public consultation obligations of ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas, and EU DSO Entity.

 

6.  The Committee shall support the work of ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas and contribute to a more informed decision-making process in all relevant phases of ten-year network development plan process, by providing inputs, relevant data, identifying problems, proposing improvements and delivering recommendations regarding at least the following:

 

(a) draft methodologies for the energy system wide cost-benefit analysis as referred to in Article 11;

 

(b) a draft integrated energy market and network model as referred to in Article 11;

 

(c) structural assumptions for the work on the draft scenarios and on the draft scenarios report referred to in Article 12;

 

(d) the draft ten-year network development plans referred to in Article 12;

 

(e) the draft infrastructure gaps report referred to in Article 13;

 

(f) the offshore development plans as referred in Article 14.

 

7.  The Committee shall be guided in its work by the best available and most recent scientific evidence. It shall follow a fully transparent process and make its opinions, meeting minutes and meeting participants’ list publicly available.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>111</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. By [16 November 2022], the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish and submit to Member States, the Commission and the Agency their respective methodologies, including the network and market modelling, for a harmonised energy system-wide cost-benefit analysis at Union level for projects of common interest falling under the categories set out in points (1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) and point (3) of Annex II.

1. By … [16 November 2022], the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish and submit to Member States, the Commission, the Agency and the Committee their respective draft integrated methodologies, including the network and market modelling, for a harmonised energy system-wide cost-benefit analysis at Union level for projects of common interest and projects of mutual interest falling under the categories set out in points (1)(a), (c), and (e) and point (3) of Annex II.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>112</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Those methodologies shall be applied for the preparation of each subsequent Union–wide ten-year network development plans developed by the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas pursuant to Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 and Article 30 of Regulation (EU) 2019/943. Those methodologies shall be drawn up in line with the principles laid down in Annex V and be consistent with the rules and indicators set out in Annex IV.

Those methodologies shall be applied for the preparation of each subsequent Union–wide ten-year network development plans developed by the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas pursuant to Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 and Article 30 of Regulation (EU) 2019/943. Those methodologies shall be drawn up in line with the mid- and long-term Union climate and energy targets and with the principles laid down in Annex V and be consistent with the rules and indicators set out in Annex IV.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>113</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Prior to submitting their respective methodologies, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall conduct an extensive consultation process involving at least the organisations representing all relevant stakeholders, including the entity of distribution system operators in the Union (‘EU DSO entity’), all relevant hydrogen stakeholders and, where it is deemed appropriate the national regulatory authorities and other national authorities.

Prior to submitting their respective draft integrated methodologies, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall conduct an extensive consultation process involving all relevant stakeholders, including the Committee, the national regulatory authorities and other national authorities.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>114</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 1 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Within three months of the receipt of the draft integrated methodologies:

 

(a)  the Committee shall submit a recommendation; and

 

(b)  any Member State may deliver an opinion.

 

The Committee and the Member States shall, respectively, submit that recommendation and any opinions to the Agency and, as applicable, to the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas. They shall make the recommendation and any opinions publicly available.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>115</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Within three months of the receipt of the methodologies together with the input received in the consultation process and a report on how it was taken into account, the Agency shall provide an opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity, the ENTSO for Gas, the Member States, and the Commission and publish it on the Agency’s website.

2. Within three months of receipt of the draft integrated methodologies together with the input received in the consultation process, and a report on how it was taken into account, the Agency shall adopt a decision whether to approve or amend the methodologies, or to request the ENTSO for Electricity, the ENTSO for Gas to amend them. The Agency shall provide the decision to the ENTSO for Electricity, the ENTSO for Gas, the Member States, and the Commission and publish it on the Agency’s website. The draft integrated methodologies approved by the Agency shall be submitted to the Commission for approval.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>116</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas, shall update the methodologies taking due account of the Agency’s opinion, as referred to in paragraph 2, and submit them to the Commission for its opinion.

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</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>117</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Within three months of the day of receipt of the updated methodologies, the Commission shall submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas.

deleted

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>118</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 5</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. No later than three months of the day of receipt of the Commission’s opinion, as referred to in paragraph 4, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall adapt their respective methodologies taking due account of the Commission’s opinion, and submit them to the Commission for approval.

5. If the Agency requests the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas to amend their respective draft integrated methodologies they shall no later than three months of the day of receipt of the Agency’s decision, as referred to in paragraph 2, adapt their respective methodologies taking due account of the decision of the Agency, opinions from Member States, and the recommendation of the Committee. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall submit the amended methodologies to the Agency for approval. The methodologies approved by the Agency shall be submitted to the Commission for approval.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>119</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 5 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a. Within three months of receipt of the methodologies, the Commission, taking into account the Agency’s decision, and, where available, the opinions of Member States, and a recommendation of the Committee, shall approve, amend or request the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas to amend their respective draft integrated methodologies.

 

If the Commission requests the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas to amend their respective draft integrated methodologies they shall submit the amended methodologies to the Commission for its approval within the deadline set by the Commission.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>120</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Where the changes to the methodologies are considered to be of incremental nature, not affecting the definition of benefits, costs and other relevant cost-benefit parameters, as defined in the latest Energy system wide cost-benefit analysis methodology approved by the Commission, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall adapt their respective methodologies taking due account of the Agency’s opinion, as set out in paragraph 2, and submit them for the Agency’s approval.

deleted

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>121</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 7</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7. In parallel, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall submit to the Commission a document justifying the reasons behind the proposed updates and why those updates are considered of incremental nature. Where the Commission deems that those updates are not of incremental nature, it shall, by written request, ask the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas to submit to it the methodologies. In such case the process described in paragraphs 2 to 5 applies.

deleted

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>122</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 8</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8. Within two weeks of the approval by the Agency or the Commission in accordance with paragraphs 5 and 6, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish their respective methodologies on their websites. They shall publish the corresponding input data and other relevant network, load flow and market data in a sufficiently accurate form in accordance with national law and relevant confidentiality agreements.

8. Within two weeks of the approval by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 5a, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish their respective integrated methodologies on their websites. They shall publish the corresponding input data and other relevant network, load flow and market data in a sufficiently accurate form for a third party to be able to reproduce the results to the extent this is possible under national law and relevant confidentiality agreements.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>123</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 9</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

9. The methodologies shall be updated and improved regularly following the procedure described in paragraphs 1 to 6. The Agency, on its own initiative or upon a duly reasoned request by national regulatory authorities or stakeholders, and after formally consulting the organisations representing all relevant stakeholders and the Commission, may request such updates and improvements with due justification and timescales. The Agency shall publish the requests by national regulatory authorities or stakeholders and all relevant non-commercially sensitive documents leading to a request from the Agency for an update or improvement.

9. The integrated methodologies shall be updated and improved if found necessary by the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas or requested by the Commission in order to keep them up-to-date with developments, following the procedure described in paragraphs 1 to 6. The Committee and the Agency, on its own initiative or upon a duly reasoned request by national regulatory authorities or stakeholders, and after formally consulting the organisations representing all relevant stakeholders and the Commission, may also request such updates and improvements with due justification and timescales. The Agency shall publish the requests by national regulatory authorities or stakeholders and all relevant non-commercially sensitive documents leading to a request from the Agency for an update or improvement.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>124</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 9 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

9a. For projects of common interest falling under the categories included in points (1b), (1d), (2), and (4) of Annex II, the Commission shall develop methodologies for a harmonised energy system-wide cost-benefit analysis at Union level or shall entrust the development of those methodologies to a relevant entity. The methodologies shall be developed in a transparent manner, including a peer-review process inside the Committee, extensive consultation with Member States and other relevant stakeholders. The methodologies shall be compatible with the methodologies developed by the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas concerning benefits and costs. The Agency shall, with the support of national regulatory authorities, promote the consistency of those methodologies with the methodologies developed by ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas. They shall be drawn up in line with the mid- and long-term Union climate and energy targets and with the principles set out in Annex V and shall be consistent with the rules and indicators set out in Annex IV. The Commission shall ensure the same level of scrutiny and transparency of the process as that applied for development of methodologies referred in paragraph 1 of this Article.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>125</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 10</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

10. Every three years, the Agency shall establish and make publicly available a set of indicators and corresponding reference values for the comparison of unit investment costs for comparable projects of the infrastructure categories included in points (1) and (3) of Annex II. Those reference values may be used by the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas for the cost-benefit analyses carried out for subsequent Union-wide ten-year network development plans. The first of such indicators shall be published by [1 November 2022].

10. Every three years, the Agency, supported by the Committee, shall establish and make publicly available a set of indicators and corresponding reference values for the comparison of unit investment costs for comparable projects of the infrastructure categories included in points (1) and (3) of Annex II. Those reference values may be used by the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas for the cost-benefit analyses carried out for subsequent Union-wide ten-year network development plans. The first of such indicators shall be published by [1 November 2022]. Infrastructure owners, system operators and third-party promoters shall provide the relevant project-specific information and disaggregated cost elements to the national regulatory authorities and to the Agency.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>126</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 11</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

11. By [31 December 2023], the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall jointly submit to the Commission and the Agency a consistent and interlinked energy market and network model including electricity, gas and hydrogen transmission infrastructure as well as storage, LNG and electrolysers, covering the energy infrastructure priority corridors and the areas drawn up in line with the principles laid down in Annex V.

11. By [31 December 2023], the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas, supported by the Committee, shall jointly submit to the Commission and the Agency a consistent and integrated energy market and network model including electricity, gas and hydrogen transmission infrastructure as well as storage, LNG and electrolysers, covering the energy infrastructure priority corridors and the areas drawn up in line with the principles laid down in Annex V. The integrated model shall be updated to include heating infrastructure not later than 31 December 2024. Where relevant, the model should also take into consideration the distribution infrastructure.

 

As part of the integrated model the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall develop a common cost-benefit methodology to be used for the cross-sectorial assessment.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>127</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 12</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

12. The consistent and interlinked model referred to in paragraph 11 shall cover at least the respective sectors’ interlinkages at all stages of infrastructure planning, specifically scenarios, infrastructure gaps identification in particular with respect to cross-border capacities, and projects assessment.

12. The consistent and integrated model, including integrated common cost-benefit methodology, shall cover at least the respective sectors’ interlinkages at all stages of infrastructure planning, specifically scenarios, infrastructure gaps identification in particular with respect to cross-border capacities, and projects assessment.

 

As part of the integrated model referred to in paragraph 11, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall develop a roadmap on the future improvements, in particular the inclusion of additional sectors.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>128</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 13</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

13. After approval of the consistent and interlinked model referred to in paragraph 11 by the Commission in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraphs 1 to 6, it shall be included in the methodologies referred to in paragraph 1.

13. After approval of the consistent and integrated model referred to in paragraph 11 by the Commission in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraphs 1 to 6, it shall be included in the methodologies referred to in paragraph 1, that should be amended accordingly.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>129</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 11 – paragraph 13 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

13a. The integrated model and the common cost-benefit methodology shall be updated according to the procedure described in paragraphs 9, 11, 12 and 13.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>130</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By [31 July 2022], the Agency, after having conducted an extensive consultation process involving the Commission and at least the organisations representing all relevant stakeholders, including the ENTSO for Electricity, the ENTSO for Gas, Union DSO entity, and relevant hydrogen sector stakeholders, shall publish the framework guidelines for the joint scenarios to be developed by ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas. Those guidelines shall be regularly updated as found necessary.

By … [31 July 2022], the Agency, after having conducted an extensive consultation process involving all relevant stakeholders, including the Commission, the Committee, the Member States, the ENTSO for Electricity, the ENTSO for Gas, Union DSO entity, national regulatory authorities and other national authorities shall publish the framework guidelines for the joint scenarios to be developed by ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>131</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The guidelines shall include the energy efficiency first principle and ensure that the underlying ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas scenarios are fully in line with the latest medium and long-term European Union decarbonisation targets and the latest available Commission scenarios.

The guidelines shall establish standards for a transparent, non-discriminatory and robust development of scenarios taking into account best practices in the field of network development planning. The guidelines shall  aim to ensure that the underlying ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas scenarios are fully in line with the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle and compatible with the latest medium and long-term European Union energy and climate targets and the latest available Commission scenarios and that they reflect Member States’ climate and energy policies and strategies, as well as energy systems challenges in the Union. The Agency shall update the guidelines where necessary in order to keep them up-to-date, while avoiding imposing an administrative burden on the stakeholders and ensuring the timely and efficient development of the joint scenarios.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>132</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The Advisory Board shall provide input on how to ensure compliance of scenarios with Union’s climate and energy objectives. The Agency shall include that input in the framework guidelines referred in paragraph 1.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>133</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas shall follow the Agency’s framework guidelines when developing the joint scenarios to be used for the Union-wide ten-year network development plans.

2. The ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas shall follow the Agency’s framework guidelines when developing the joint scenarios to be used for the Union-wide ten-year network development plans. The joint scenarios shall also include a long-term perspective until 2050 and include intermediary steps as appropriate.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>134</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas shall invite the organisations representing all relevant stakeholders, including the Union DSO entity and all relevant hydrogen stakeholders, to participate in the scenarios development process.

3. The ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas shall involve the Committee in the consultations as part of scenarios development process and shall ensure a balanced depth of expertise across all energy solutions contributing to climate neutrality in order to deliver an integrated energy system.

 

Without prejudice to the general stakeholders’ consultation, the ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas shall consult the Committee on the key elements of the scenario development: storyline, assumptions and their translation into the scenarios data.

 

Where possible, the Committee shall deliver all relevant data at the moment of the scenario development to ENTSO for Electricity and ENTSO for Gas.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>135</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish and submit the draft joint scenarios report to the Agency and the Commission for their opinion.

4. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish and submit the draft joint scenarios report to the Agency for its opinion, to the Advisory Board for its assessment and to the Commission for its approval.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>136</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 5</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Within three months from the receipt of the draft joint scenarios report together with the input received in the consultation process and a report on how it was taken into account, the Agency shall submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity, ENTSO for gas and the Commission.

5. Within three months from the receipt of the draft joint scenarios report together with the input received in the consultation process and a report on how it was taken into account, the Agency shall submit its opinion on compliance of the scenarios with the framework guidelines referred to in paragraph 1, including possible recommendations for amendments, and the Advisory Board shall submit its assessment on the compatibility of scenarios with climate objectives, to the ENTSO for Electricity, ENTSO for gas and the Commission.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>137</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 6</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. The Commission, giving due consideration to the Agency opinion defined under paragraph 5, shall submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas.

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</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>138</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 7</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall adapt their joint scenarios report, taking due account of the Agency’s opinion, in line with the Commission’s opinion and submit the updated report to the Commission for its approval.

7. Within three months of receipt of the opinion and the assessment referred to in paragraph 5, the Commission shall approve, amend or request the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas to amend the draft joint scenarios report, taking due account of those opinions and focusing on the compatibility of joint scenarios with the latest medium and long-term Union climate and energy targets and the latest available  Commission scenarios.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>139</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 7 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

7a. In the event that the Commission requests the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas to amend the draft joint scenario report, they shall, after consulting the Committee, submit the amended scenarios to the Commission for approval within the deadline set by the Commission.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>140</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 12 – paragraph 8</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

8. Within two weeks of the approval of the joint scenarios report by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 7, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish their joint scenarios report on their websites. They shall publish the corresponding input and output data in a sufficiently accurate form, taking due account of the national law and relevant confidentiality agreements.

8. Within two weeks of the approval of the joint scenarios report by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 7, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish their joint scenarios report on their websites. They shall publish the corresponding input and output data in a sufficiently accurate form for a third party to reproduce the results to the extent this is possible under national law and relevant confidentiality agreements.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>141</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Every two years the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish and submit to the Commission and the Agency the infrastructure gaps reports developed within the framework of the Union-wide ten-year network development plans.

Within six months of the approval of the joint scenarios report by the Commission pursuant to Article 12(7), ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish the draft infrastructure gaps reports developed within the framework of the Union-wide ten-year network development plans.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>142</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

When assessing the infrastructure gaps the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall implement the energy efficiency first principle and consider with priority all relevant non-infrastructure related solutions to address the identified gaps.

When assessing the infrastructure gaps the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall base their analysis on the joint scenarios established pursuant to Article 12, implement the energy efficiency first principle and consider all relevant alternatives .

 

They shall also assess the expected benefits of closing the identified infrastructure gaps and the cost of not investing in the needed infrastructure. When identifying a new infrastructure gap they shall take into account total network investment needed, including the costs of related necessary internal network reinforcements.

 

They shall, in particular, focus on those infrastructure gaps potentially affecting the fulfilment of the Union’s medium and long-term climate goals.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>143</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Prior to submitting their respective reports, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall conduct an extensive consultation process involving all relevant stakeholders, including the Union DSO entity, all relevant hydrogen stakeholders and all the Member States representatives part of the priority corridors defined in Annex I.

Prior to publishing their respective draft reports, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall conduct an extensive consultation process involving all relevant stakeholders, including the Committee, the Agency, all the Member States representatives part of the priority corridors defined in Annex I.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>144</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Within three months following receipt of the infrastructure gaps report together with the input received in the consultation process and a report on how it was taken into account, the Agency shall submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity or ENTSO for Gas and the Commission.

3. Within three months following receipt of the infrastructure gaps report together with the input received in the consultation process and a report on how it was taken into account, the Agency shall submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity or ENTSO for Gas and the Commission and make it publicly available.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>145</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The Commission, considering the Agency’s opinion referred to in paragraph 3, shall draft and submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas.

4. Within three months of receipt of the Agency’s opinion referred to in paragraph 3, the Commission, taking that opinion into account, shall draft and submit its opinion to the ENTSO for Electricity or the ENTSO for Gas.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>146</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 5</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall adapt their infrastructure gaps reports taking due account of the Agency’s opinion and in line with the Commission’s opinion before the publication of the final infrastructure gaps reports.

5. The ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall adapt their infrastructure gaps reports taking due account of the Agency’s opinion and in line with the Commission’s opinion and submit them for the Commission approval.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>147</NumAm>

 

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 13 – paragraph 5 a (new)</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a. Within two weeks of approval of the infrastructure gap reports by the Commission, the ENTSO for Electricity and the ENTSO for Gas shall publish them on their websites.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>148</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 14 – paragraph 1</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. By [31 July 2022], Member States, with the support of the Commission, within their specific priority offshore grid corridors, set out in point (2) of Annex I, taking into account the specificities and development in each region, shall jointly define and agree to cooperate on the amount of offshore renewable generation to be deployed within each sea basin by 2050, with intermediate steps in 2030 and 2040, in view of their national energy and climate plans, the offshore renewable potential of each sea basin, environmental protection, climate adaptation and other uses of the sea, as well as the Union’s decarbonisation targets. That agreement shall be made in writing as regards each sea basin linked to the territory of the Union.

1. By [31 July 2022], Member States, with the support of the Commission, within their specific priority offshore grid corridors, set out in point (2) of Annex I, taking into account the specificities and development in each region, shall jointly define and agree to cooperate on the goals for offshore renewable generation to be deployed within each sea basin by 2050, in line with the objective of 300 GW1a with intermediate steps in 2030 and 2040 at least in line with their national energy and climate plans, the offshore renewable potential of each sea basin, environmental protection, climate adaptation and other uses of the sea, as well as the Union’s climate neutrality objective. That joint declaration  shall be made in writing as regards each sea basin linked to the territory of the Union.

 

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1a “An EU Strategy to harness the potential of offshore renewable energy for a climate neutral future”, COM(2020) 741.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>149</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 14 – paragraph 2</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. By [31 July 2023] the ENTSO for Electricity, with the involvement of the relevant TSOs, the national regulatory authorities and of the Commission and in line with the agreement referred to in paragraph 1, shall develop and publish integrated offshore network development plans starting from the 2050 objectives, with intermediate steps for 2030 and 2040, for each sea-basin, in line with the priority offshore grid corridors referred to in Annex I, taking into account environmental protection and other uses of the sea. Those integrated offshore network development plans shall thereafter be updated every three years.

2. By [31 July 2023] the relevant ENTSO, with the involvement of the relevant TSOs, the national regulatory authorities and of the Commission and in line with the agreed joint declaration referred to in paragraph 1, shall develop and publish strategic offshore network development plans starting from the 2050 objectives, with intermediate steps for 2030 and 2040, for each sea basin, in line with the priority offshore grid corridors referred to in Annex I, taking into account environmental protection and other uses of the sea. Those integrated offshore network development plans shall provide a high-level outlook on offshore generation capacities potential and resulting needs in an offshore grid, including the potential needs for interconnectors, hybrid projects and hydrogen infrastructure. The plans should thereafter be updated every two years.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>150</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 14 – paragraph 3</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The integrated offshore network development plans shall be compatible with the latest Union-wide ten-Year Network Development Plans in order to ensure coherent development of onshore and offshore grid planning.

3. The integrated offshore network development plans shall be consistent with regional investment plans published pursuant to Article 34(1) of Regulation (EU) 2019/943 and integrated within the Union-wide ten-year network development plans in order to ensure coherent development of onshore and offshore grid planning providing for an adequate and reliable transmission grid for transfer of electricity onshore as well as between coastal regions, inland regions, and landlocked Member States and to provide for a stable supply of electricity to centers of consumption or energy storage facilities.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment  <NumAm>151</NumAm>

<DocAmend>Proposal for a regulation</DocAmend>

<Article>Article 14 – paragraph 4</Article>

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The ENTSO for Electricity shall submit the draft integrated network development offshore plans to the Commission for its opinion.

4. The relevant ENTSO shall submit the draft integrated network development offshore plans to the Commission for its opinion. Prior to submitting the draft integrated offshore network development plans to the Commission, the relevant ENTSO shall conduct an extensive consultation process involving all relevant electricity and offshore sector stakeholders, including the DSO entity, and all the Member States that are part of the priority offshore grid corridors referred toin point 2 of Annex I.

</Amend>

<Amend>Amendment