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EU Commission launches 800M euros call for clean energy infrastructure projects

European Communities, 2009 / Photographer: Laurent ChamussyThe deadline for application is on 1 September 2022, the projects will be selected before the end of 2022, and on 8 June the European Climate, infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) will organize a Virtual Info Day to present the policy context of the call.

The Eu Commission has launched a € 800 million call for proposal for cross-border clean energy infrastructure projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Energy, to support the plan to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels “as soon as possible” and boost the green transition, the REPowerEU.

The call is dedicated to projects on the 5th Union list of Projects of Common Interest, which was published in November 2021 and provided a definition of a category of projects that the European Commission has identified as a “key priority” tto interconnect the European Union's energy system infrastructure. They include 67 electricity transmission and storage projects, 20 gas projects, 6 CO2 network projects and 5 smart grids projects.

While the deadline for the application is on 1 September 2022, the projects will be selected before the end of 2022, and on 8 June the European Climate, infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) will organize a Virtual Info Day to present the policy context of the call, the application and the evaluation process, to provide participants for tips on writing a successful proposal.

The objective of this call is to support works and studies that will enable Projects of Common Interest to be implemented within the framework of the deployment of trans-European networks (TEN-E) in the energy sector. “Works” include the "purchase, supply and deployment of components, systems and services including software, the development, construction and installation activities” related to a Project of Common Interest, the acceptance of installations and the launching of such project. As for “studies”, they include activities needed for the preparation of a Project of Common Interest, such as “preparatory, mapping, feasibility, evaluation, testing and validation studies, including in the form of software, and any other technical support measure”, including prior actions to define a project and decide on its financing.

The Connecting Europe Facility is a funding instrument apt to deliver the European Green Deal and the decarbonization objective set to 2030 and 2050. The instrument operates in the field of transport, digital and energy and it’s supposed to support the development of high performing, sustainable inter-European networks. CEF offers grants and financial support through other financial instruments such as guarantees and projects bond. The energy budget for 2021-2027 period is of € 5.84 billion should support the transition to clean energy and to foster the interconnection of EU energy systems.