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Gas projects pass hurdle for more EU funding

Efforts by some MEPs to block the next list of Projects of Common Interest because of the inclusion of gas projects were rejected in a key vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday Efforts by some MEPs to block the next list of Projects of Common Interest because of the inclusion of gas projects were rejected in a key vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
By Andreas Walstad 22 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34956
A previous exchange of views with Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson at an ITRE meeting on PCIs. (European Parliament)

MEPs in the European Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy approved the proposed fourth Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list by 54 votes to 17 in Brussels on Wednesday morning. The list includes 32 gas projects, among them the Shannon LNG project in Ireland, the EastMed pipeline linking Israel with Europe, and a proposed gas pipeline to Europe from Turkmenistan – the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline.

PCIs may apply for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), enjoy faster regulatory approvals, and...