S.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

D.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

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EC publishes CEF mid-term evaluation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The conclusions of this evaluation will serve as recommendations for the post-2020 financial programmes

Source: European Union

The EC published the mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the aim of which  is to assess the CEF’s overall performance after three and a half years of implementation.

Regarding the energy sector, the Report states that the CEF has been focused on the completion of the TEN-E priority corridors and thematic areas aligned with the ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ Package and long-term decarbonisation objectives, namely: (i) to smarten and digitalise the grids; (ii) to reach the 2030 interconnection targets; (iii) to develop meshed offshore grids; and (iv) to ensure security of supply, through synchronisation.

According to the EC, CEF grants have contributed towards enhancing security of supply, ending energy isolation, eliminating energy bottlenecks, completing the internal energy market, and boosting the integration of RES into the grid. Examples of key CEF energy projects include the Balticconnector – the first gas interconnector between Finland and Estonia – and the Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania, which, according to the Report, will enable these Member States to diversify their gas sources and routes, safeguarding them against possible future supply disruptions.

In addition, sustainability has been addressed by supporting innovative electricity projects by co-funding important studies and works such as a 600 km subsea link between Ireland and France, a compressed air energy storage project in Northern Ireland, and a smart grid project between Slovenia and Croatia.

The conclusions of this evaluation will serve as recommendations for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework and the next generation of financial programmes.