Recommendations on the draft report of Rapporteur Campos regarding the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure (“TEN-E”)

Published: 14 September 2012

Policies & Issues: Energy & Climate

In view of the upcoming vote of the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee on the draft report of its Rapporteur, Mr Correira de Campos, concerning the draft TEN-E Regulation, Orgalime kindly requests your support for the following comments and voting recommendation.

We widely welcome the Commission’s infrastructure package, including the draft TEN-E Regulation, and related work of the European Parliament to step up efforts in investing and making trans-European energy infrastructures fit for meeting future societal challenges.

We consider the proposal for a TEN-E Regulation as an opportunity to achieve more competitive, flexible, integrated, energy efficient energy infrastructures, while ensuring security and reliability of energy supply. This is not only essential for European industries, which depend on energy input for their manufacturing processes, but also of utmost importance for the overall welfare of European citizens in a modern society.

As key technology providers for the generation, transmission, distribution and use of energy and energy related products, but also as significant energy users, European engineering industries represented by Orgalime are particularly committed to contribute to upgrading and modernising energy infrastructures in Europe and beyond. We are equally committed to work together with all other actors and stakeholders in the interest of achieving smart, sustainable, cost-efficient and inclusive growth solutions.

Regarding the draft TEN-E Regulation, it is in our view essential to properly identify, define and harmonise the criteria for the selection of “Projects of Common Interest” (PCI’s). Thus, our comments and recommendations focus on the EP’s discussions regarding article 4 and Annex IV of the Commission’s TEN-E proposal, and in particular on shaping the conditions defining significant cross border impacts of a smart grid project to better exploit the benefits and potential of smart grids for Europe and its citizens.

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