CEER Specialised Training on Projects of Common Interest

16-17 October 2017, Brussels


Energy infrastructure development is an essential element of the European Union's strategy for completing the internal energy market, integrating renewables and ensuring security of energy supply. Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 (commonly known as TEN-E Regulation or Energy Infrastructure Package - EIP) sets out a legislative framework for infrastructure planning and project implementation at the EU level. Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) are the most important hardware links and provide a significant contribution to the objectives of European energy policy. The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and other competent authorities have been closely involved in the implementation of the EIP.

In order to contribute to improving the planning and implementation of electricity and gas transmission infrastructure at the EU level, staff from NRAs and other competent authorities need to have in-depth knowledge of the scenarios and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) methodologies used for the development of the Ten-Year Network Development Plans (TYNDPs). They need to understand the challenges in the implementation of the infrastructure projects and information requirements for the selection of PCIs as well as the main principles and challenges of Cross-Border Cost Allocation (CBCA).

Designed for: 

Level B: Specialised Course

Experts from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and other competent authorities who want to enhance their knowledge on the fundamentals and challenges in the implementation of the EIP and the PCI process in practice. Other experts from European Institutions (ACER, European Commission) are also invited to attend. 

Programme overview: 

  • Review the fundamentals and highlights of the EIP and PCIs process in practice
  • Examine the methodologies applied for the PCI selection process, Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and Cross-Border Cost Allocation (CBCA)
  • Discuss monitoring issues, timely implementation of permit granting processes, public participation and cross-border coordination cases for national authorities
  • Learn from the practical experiences and challenges of the PCI implementation, practical CBCA case studies as well as risk-related incentives for PCIs from different countries
  • Participate in exciting discussions and group work on the issues addressed during the two days 

Course Director: Mr Deniz Erdem, Economist, BNetzA
Course Advisor: Ms Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Senior Vice President of Fingrid, Chair of CEER Training Academy Advisory Board

What did participants say about the previous CEER Specialised Training on Projects of Common Interest?

- "By attending this course, I got a better insight into the recent developments in the EU energy infrastructure regulation. I gained a better understanding of the overall PCI process and learned how the different elements, of which the process is built up by, fit together. The lectures were of high quality and delivered by people involved in the drafting and the implementation of the relevant regulation".
- "It was very informative and very useful for the future".

Download the draft programme of the PCI training 2017.