EU announces energy infrastructure priorities
The EU's Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, has unveiled a list of 250 major infrastructure projects that will be eligible to share billions of euros in funding.
In a statement on 14 October 2013, he said the so-called "projects of common interest" would help develop the EU's internal energy market, to improve connectivity and reduce over-reliance on imported energy.
The projects will be available for €5,85bn of funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a pot of money earmarked for energy infrastructure between 2014 and 2020.
He said the approved projects would benefit from accelerated planning and permit granting procedures and reduced administrative costs.
The list of priority projects will be updated every two years, to integrate newly needed projects and remove obsolete ones.
Approved projects in the UK include new underground electricity cables between the UK and France and between the UK and Belgium.