Reducing the administrative burden for reporting about key energy infrastructure projects


​ACER publishes today a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Competent Authorities in 25 Member States responsible for facilitating and coordinating the permit granting process for the development of key energy infrastructure projects in Europe. These projects of common interest (PCIs) are essential for completing the European internal energy market and for reaching the EU's energy policy objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy.

The agreement will allow promoters of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) to do a single reporting on the progress of their projects of common interest (PCI) to both ACER and the relevant national Competent Authorities responsible for permitting. ACER will provide a single reporting window to reduce their administrative burden.

Furthermore this Memorandum of Understanding enables the participating Competent Authorities to have access to the most up-to-date PCI information, and carry out their PCI monitoring tasks in an efficient, coordinated and consistent way. At the same time project promoters are safeguarded with regard to the confidentiality, integrity and protection of the information they provide.

The agreement was signed by the competent authorities in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The Competent Authorities in Germany, France, Netherlands decided not to join the Memorandum at this time. Therefore for these three countries, promoters will still have to report both to ACER and to the national Competent Authority.

Access the MoU here.

Update: The Belgian Competent Authority signed the MoU and informed the Agency thereof on 8 March 2016. The single reporting service is available also for those PCI promoters who have to submit a report to the Belgian Competent Authority.