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European Fund for Strategic Investments – EFSI 2.0

15-02-2018

On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed an extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) until end-2020, and the introduction of technical enhancements for that fund and the European Investment Advisory Hub. Under the new regulation, (EFSI 2.0), steps are taken to increase support for small-scale projects; Parliament can send a (non-voting) expert to EFSI’s steering board, and EFSI’s scoreboard will be publicly available after a project is signed. The increase ...

On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed an extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) until end-2020, and the introduction of technical enhancements for that fund and the European Investment Advisory Hub. Under the new regulation, (EFSI 2.0), steps are taken to increase support for small-scale projects; Parliament can send a (non-voting) expert to EFSI’s steering board, and EFSI’s scoreboard will be publicly available after a project is signed. The increase in the financial allocation needed to deliver the higher investment targeted will come from an increase in the EU budget guarantee from €16 billion to €26 billion, and an increase in the EIB contribution from €5 billion to €7.5 billion. However, the provisioning rate for the guarantee is reduced to 35 %, giving a total contribution from the EU budget of €9.1 billion, compared to an initial contribution of €8 billion. Parliament managed to reduce the share of this increased contribution financed via redeployments from the Connecting Europe Facility programme, by instead drawing more heavily on EFSI-assigned revenues and investment reflows. The agreed text was adopted on 12 December 2017.

EU electronic communications code and co-investment: Taking stock of the policy discussion

05-02-2018

The EU regulatory framework on electronic communications sets common rules on how electronic communications networks and services such as telephony and internet broadband connections are regulated in the European Union (EU). While the revision of this framework has started, a debate arises on how best to foster investment in the EU for deploying the very high capacity networks that are increasingly needed for 5G mobile services, as well as e-services such as e health, e administration, cloud computing ...

The EU regulatory framework on electronic communications sets common rules on how electronic communications networks and services such as telephony and internet broadband connections are regulated in the European Union (EU). While the revision of this framework has started, a debate arises on how best to foster investment in the EU for deploying the very high capacity networks that are increasingly needed for 5G mobile services, as well as e-services such as e health, e administration, cloud computing and connected cars. One of the proposals of the European Commission is to amend the current regulatory framework in order to facilitate co-investment (i.e. when several investors agree to invest together) for building new high-capacity network infrastructure. However, the European Parliament and Council both want to amend the text significantly. This briefing discusses the policy context and the rationale behind the rules on co investment proposed in the draft EU electronic communications code, and assesses the main areas of convergence and divergence between the initial positions of the co legislators. Furthermore, some key issues for discussion are highlighted, including what types of co-investment agreements and assets should be exempted from regulation, the degree of competition safeguards needed and the extent of national regulators' oversight of the co-investment projects.

FEIS – Proroga della durata ("FEIS 2.0")

05-12-2017

Il 14 settembre 2016 la Commissione ha proposto di prorogare la durata del Fondo europeo per gli investimenti strategici (FEIS) fino al 31 dicembre 2020, con conseguenti cambiamenti in termini di governance e capacità finanziaria. L'accordo raggiunto in sede di trilogo sarà votato durante la tornata di dicembre.

Il 14 settembre 2016 la Commissione ha proposto di prorogare la durata del Fondo europeo per gli investimenti strategici (FEIS) fino al 31 dicembre 2020, con conseguenti cambiamenti in termini di governance e capacità finanziaria. L'accordo raggiunto in sede di trilogo sarà votato durante la tornata di dicembre.

WIFI4EU - Promotion of internet connectivity in local communities

10-11-2017

On 12 September 2017, the European Parliament voted to adopt a legislative act that aims at the promotion of very fast wireless internet access in local communities. This service will be provided free of charge to the public at large. The areas covered will encompass public administrations, libraries and hospitals, as well as outdoor spaces accessible to all. The aim is to increase accessibility to high-performance mobile internet, and to raise awareness of the benefits of such connectivity. Administrative ...

On 12 September 2017, the European Parliament voted to adopt a legislative act that aims at the promotion of very fast wireless internet access in local communities. This service will be provided free of charge to the public at large. The areas covered will encompass public administrations, libraries and hospitals, as well as outdoor spaces accessible to all. The aim is to increase accessibility to high-performance mobile internet, and to raise awareness of the benefits of such connectivity. Administrative procedures will be simplified and EU funds will be used to provide financial support to the establishment of such networks. This action comes within the framework of the digital single market, and is one of several legislative proposals announced on 14 September 2016 by the Commission, with its communication, ‘Connectivity for a competitive digital single market – Towards a European gigabit society’.

Attuazione del FEIS 1.0

07-06-2017

Il regolamento relativo al Fondo europeo per gli investimenti strategici (FEIS) è entrato in vigore il 4 luglio 2015 allo scopo di creare il quadro giuridico e gli stanziamenti di bilancio per i primi due dei tre capitoli del Piano di investimenti per l'Europa. Si tratta: 1) della mobilitazione di almeno 315 miliardi di EUR di investimenti supplementari nel corso dei tre anni successivi (2015-2018); e 2) di iniziative mirate atte a garantire che tali investimenti supplementari soddisfino i bisogni ...

Il regolamento relativo al Fondo europeo per gli investimenti strategici (FEIS) è entrato in vigore il 4 luglio 2015 allo scopo di creare il quadro giuridico e gli stanziamenti di bilancio per i primi due dei tre capitoli del Piano di investimenti per l'Europa. Si tratta: 1) della mobilitazione di almeno 315 miliardi di EUR di investimenti supplementari nel corso dei tre anni successivi (2015-2018); e 2) di iniziative mirate atte a garantire che tali investimenti supplementari soddisfino i bisogni dell'economia reale. La commissione per i bilanci (BUDG) e la commissione per i problemi economici e monetari (ECON) hanno elaborato una relazione sull'attuazione del FEIS, con una votazione prevista in Aula nel giugno 2017.

Energy: a shaping factor for regional stability in the Eastern Mediterranean?

16-05-2017

Since 2010 the Eastern Mediterranean region has become a hotspot of international energy discussions due to a series of gas discoveries in the offshore of Israel, Cyprus and Egypt. To exploit this gas potential, a number of export options have progressively been discussed, alongside new regional cooperation scenarios. Hopes have also been expressed about the potential role of new gas discoveries in strengthening not only the regional energy cooperation, but also the overall regional economic and ...

Since 2010 the Eastern Mediterranean region has become a hotspot of international energy discussions due to a series of gas discoveries in the offshore of Israel, Cyprus and Egypt. To exploit this gas potential, a number of export options have progressively been discussed, alongside new regional cooperation scenarios. Hopes have also been expressed about the potential role of new gas discoveries in strengthening not only the regional energy cooperation, but also the overall regional economic and political stability. However, initial expectations largely cooled down over time, particularly due to delays in investment decision in Israel and the downward revision of gas resources in Cyprus. These developments even raised scepticism about the idea of the Eastern Mediterranean becoming a sizeable gas-exporting region. But initial expectations were revived in 2015, after the discovery of the large Zohr gas field in offshore Egypt. Considering its large size, this discovery has reshaped the regional gas outlook, and has also raised new regional cooperation prospects. However, multiple lines of conflict in the region continue to make future Eastern Mediterranean gas activities a major geopolitical issue. This study seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of all these developments, with the ultimate aim of assessing the realistic implications of regional gas discoveries for both Eastern Mediterranean countries and the EU.

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EU development cooperation with Latin America

10-04-2017

EU development cooperation with Latin America is mainly conducted through the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and its different geographical (regional, sub-regional and bilateral) and thematic programmes. Nevertheless, the 2014-2020 programming period has brought about the introduction of a new blending financial instrument for the region, the Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF), which combines EU grants with other resources. It has also seen the transition of most Latin American countries ...

EU development cooperation with Latin America is mainly conducted through the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and its different geographical (regional, sub-regional and bilateral) and thematic programmes. Nevertheless, the 2014-2020 programming period has brought about the introduction of a new blending financial instrument for the region, the Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF), which combines EU grants with other resources. It has also seen the transition of most Latin American countries away from being eligible for bilateral DCI development aid and towards their inclusion instead in EU bilateral cooperation through the new Partnership Instrument (PI). This poses a series of new challenges but, simultaneously, offers new opportunities by opening cooperation to other areas and sectors. The European Parliament has a strong involvement in the issues concerning development cooperation. Since 2012, it has adopted a number of resolutions on the topic: one defining a new form of development cooperation with Latin America, another calling for increasing the effectiveness of development cooperation, and a third on achieving policy coherence and enhancing the role of local authorities.

EFSI and ESI Funds: Complementarity or contradiction?

11-01-2017

Shortly after beginning its 2014-2019 mandate, the European Commission proposed a new investment Plan for Europe, often referred to as the 'Juncker Plan'. The Investment Plan was seen as a top priority for the European Commission, aimed at strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and stimulating investment in order to create more jobs. It is based on three mutually reinforcing strands: firstly, the mobilisation of at least €315 billion in additional investment over the next three years, maximising ...

Shortly after beginning its 2014-2019 mandate, the European Commission proposed a new investment Plan for Europe, often referred to as the 'Juncker Plan'. The Investment Plan was seen as a top priority for the European Commission, aimed at strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and stimulating investment in order to create more jobs. It is based on three mutually reinforcing strands: firstly, the mobilisation of at least €315 billion in additional investment over the next three years, maximising the impact of public resources and unlocking private investment through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI); secondly, targeted initiatives to ensure that this extra investment meets the needs of the real economy through strengthened transparency measures and advisory services; and thirdly, measures to provide greater regulatory predictability and to remove barriers to investment, making Europe more attractive and thereby multiplying the plan’s impact. The European Parliament was generally positive regarding EFSI, however, there were criticisms regarding its scope, remit and overall output in the European economy. One of the issues raised in policy fora is the complex relationship between EFSI and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) as well as EFSI’s overall impact on the territorial cohesion objective of European Union regional policy. Various stakeholders have also mentioned that EFSI may run contrary to the aims of the ESI Funds, thus creating a competitive relationship with EU regional policy.

Energy service companies in the EU

05-09-2016

To attain the target of an 80–95% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared with 1990 levels, the EU will need to make big investments. A prospective resource in this regard are the energy service companies (ESCOs), which specialise in assessing, designing and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and typically arrange or even take on the project financing themselves. Clients do not need to pay huge upfront costs, as these are covered by the future cost savings ...

To attain the target of an 80–95% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared with 1990 levels, the EU will need to make big investments. A prospective resource in this regard are the energy service companies (ESCOs), which specialise in assessing, designing and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and typically arrange or even take on the project financing themselves. Clients do not need to pay huge upfront costs, as these are covered by the future cost savings. However, ESCO markets have matured in only a handful of EU Member States, namely Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. ESCOs have facilitated energy efficiency gains in industry and have delivered projects, though not on a massive scale, involving the installation of modern energy-efficient street lighting and the renovation of social housing through public-private partnerships. However, their engagement in the private residential sector has been modest. Recently, a potential new role has emerged for them: in decentralised power production, ESCOs could ‘aggregate’ excess electricity produced by small producers (prosumers) and help place it on the wholesale market.

Cornerstone of the Commission's Investment Plan – European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

17-06-2015

In its November 2014 Investment Plan for Europe, the Commission announced the establishment of a new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), to bridge the EU investment gap. EFSI would be financed by an initial €21 billion: €16 billion from the EU budget in the form of a guarantee to the European Investment Bank (EIB), and €5 billion from the EIB’s own resources. Through a multiplier effect estimated at 15:1, a total of at least €315 billion would be mobilised in additional investment over ...

In its November 2014 Investment Plan for Europe, the Commission announced the establishment of a new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), to bridge the EU investment gap. EFSI would be financed by an initial €21 billion: €16 billion from the EU budget in the form of a guarantee to the European Investment Bank (EIB), and €5 billion from the EIB’s own resources. Through a multiplier effect estimated at 15:1, a total of at least €315 billion would be mobilised in additional investment over the next three years. The EU guarantee for EFSI will, in part, be financed through cuts in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the Horizon 2020 programme, as well as from the unused margins in the EU's annual budget. In their joint report, the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs and Budgets Committees backed the plan, but opposed the planned cuts in CEF and Horizon 2020, and called for extended parliamentary control over EFSI's governance as well as over the project selection criteria. In a trilogue meeting on 28 May 2015, the Parliament and Council reached a compromise agreement on the proposed EFSI regulation. Under this agreement, the cuts in the budgets of CEF and the Horizon 2020 programme would be reduced.

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