The EIB will co-finance the construction of a 182 km-long cross-border bidirectional pipeline interconnecting the natural gas systems of Bulgaria and Greece, a Project of Common Interest (PCI) of the European Union.
Brussels, 8-9 October 2019.
Today’s signature of an amendment to the Administrative Arrangement concluded between the Secretariat and the European Union Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, in 2016 marks the starting point for further enhanced cooperation between the two institutions.
For Europe to transition to a clean and modern economy – a goal of the energy union and a priority of the Juncker Commission – it is necessary to adapt European infrastructure to the future needs of the energy system. Energy interconnections form the backbone of an integrated European energy market anchored on the principle of solidarity.
In a continued effort to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission today adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.Improving the ecodesign of products contributes to implementing the ‘Energy efficiency first’ principle of the EU’s Energy Union priority.
A summary of the policy debate on National Energy and Climate Plans is available.
The EU is investing more than €46 million from the European Regional Development Fund to modernise and extend the electricity substation of Kočín, southern Bohemia, one of the most important nodes in the Czech transmission system.
Dirk Beckers, Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Kurzeme Ring (KR) today, in presence of Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš and representatives from the project promoters, Augstsprieguma tīkls AS and Latvijas elektriskie tikli AS.
The construction of the Polish section of the new cross-border gas pipeline connecting Poland and Slovakia, supported by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, was launched today. The construction of the Slovak section started already in September 2018 and works are well progressing.
A summary of the exchange of views on the State of the Energy Union and the state of play as regards the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2021-2030 is now available.
In May 2019, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) was informed by the regulatory authorities of Denmark, Finland and Sweden, members of the Nordic capacity calculation region (CCR) – that they could not agree on the proposal made by Transmission System Operators in those countries for a capacity calculation methodology for the long-term timeframe. The proposal was made in accordance with Article 10 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1716 of 26 September 2017 establishing a Guideline on Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA Regulation). ACER is therefore competent to decide on this proposal in accordance with Article 4(10) of the same Guideline.