Permit granting process
Analysis of the manuals of procedures for the permit granting process applicable to projects of common interest prepared under Article 9 of Regulation no. 347/2013 (2014-2015)
Client: DG Energy
The interconnection, interoperability and development of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) networks for transporting electricity, gas, oil and carbon dioxide are considered essential for the proper functioning of the EU energy market. EU support for these networks led to the adoption of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E Reg.), which places considerable emphasis on streamlining and simplifying procedures for facilitating the permitting and implementation of energy infrastructure ‘projects of common interest’ (PCIs) across the Member States.
The main purpose of this study was to assist the Commission in analysing the permit granting process for PCIs applicable in the EU Member States and to identify instances of non-compliance with the TEN-E Reg. requirements that must be applied by Member States to permit granting procedures for those projects selected for the Union list of PCIs., as well as to assess compliance of Member States with their obligation to prepare and publish the manual of procedures.
The study involved an analysis of the manuals prepared by the EU Member States and Norway and of the permit granting schemes for PCIs applicable in the EU Member States and Norway, through a thorough review of the relevant national legislation, the manual of procedures and their implementation in practice. The analysis built upon desk-research and interviews carried out by a team of national experts. A final overview report provided a comparative analysis across Member States along with recommendations on good practices. The project concluded with a stakeholder meeting, including representatives of the competent authorities, to deliver and discuss the conclusions from the final overview report.
The final overview report is available here: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=MJ0116383 and https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/studies