COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of 23.11.2017 amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest
1. This Delegated Regulation takes the form of an annex to the (EU) No 347/2013 Regulation - Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure (TEN-E). Article 3(4) of that regulation requires the Commission to adopt, every two years, a delegated act that establishes a Union list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). This is the third such list to be adopted and replaces the previous list established on 18 November 2015.
2. The TEN-E Regulation established nine strategic geographical infrastructure priority corridors in the domains of electricity, gas and oil and three Union-wide infrastructure priority thematic areas for smart grids, electricity highways and cross-border carbon dioxide networks. PCIs are specific energy infrastructure projects that are deemed critical for completing the European internal energy market, achieving the Union's energy policy objective of affordable, secure and sustainable energy, and for attaining the Union's climate objectives. PCI projects, when built, will also contribute to meeting / exceeding the Union interconnection target of 10% by 2020 (though pockets of low interconnection still remain) and meeting the 2030 target of 15%.