The European Energy Security Strategy(1) is based on eight pillars that promote closer cooperation and that are underpinned by the principle of solidarity.
A well-interconnected system is also key to achieving the objectives of the Energy Union Framework Strategy(2). In 2013 the EU adopted the TEN-E Regulation(3) which provides the framework for developing key energy infrastructure projects known as projects of common interest (PCIs).(4)(5) This regulation streamlines permit granting processes, enhances public consultations, improves regulatory frameworks, and, subject to specific criteria, provides for the EU’s financial support to PCIs. The Commission will continue its work on the correct application of the TEN-E measures and the acceleration of the development of PCIs.
The Commission has also proposed in 2016 a revision(6) of Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 that aims at improving the EU’s resilience in case of a potential crisis and at mitigating its effects. It is based on a greater regional cooperation to increase the effectiveness of measures, ensure their consistency and exploit synergies to the benefit of consumers. Moreover, it contains, for the first time, concrete provisions on solidarity among Member States to ensure gas supply to EU households and essential social services even in the case of a severe crisis.
Furthermore, to enhance the cooperation, the Commission has established four high-level groups (HLG) in the Baltic Sea region (BEMIP)(7), the Central and South Easter region (CESEC)(8), the South-West Europe(9), and in the North Sea region. The Commission and the respective Member States will continue with the implementation of the relevant memoranda and action plans adopted within each of the HLG.