Funding & Financing

CEF Energy: 2023 call for cross-border renewable energy projects (CB RES) to obtain the status.


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The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy programme for 2021-2027 was extended with cross-border renewable energy (CB RES). The scope of the CB RES programme covers renewable energy projects that involve physical or non-physical cross-border cooperation between EU Members States and Member States and non-EU countries.  European Commission and CINEA are now launching the second call to obtain the status of cross-border renewable energy projects (CB RES status). They, therefore, enter a list of projects eligible for CEF funding (CB RES list).  This call is crucial because having the official CB RES status is a requirement to be eligible for financial support for studies and work under the CEF Energy Programme. Obtaining the CB RES status can provide further benefits such as higher visibility, increased investor certainty, and more substantial support from EU countries.  Promoters of candidate projects for the CB RES status can participate in the call by applying to the dedicated CB RES submission platform by 3 May 2023.

To know more about the call for the CB RES status, visit the specific call webpage and/or contact  Gabriele Pesce at [email protected]. In addition, you can join the virtual info day organised by CINEA on 26 January 2023, when all the details of the call will be explained,

European Green Deal: €4.11 billion from the Modernisation Fund to accelerate the clean energy transition in 8 Member States

In its second year of operation, the Modernisation Fund has disbursed a total of €4.11 billion in support of 61 projects in eight beneficiary countries. These projects will help modernise energy systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in energy, industry, transport, and agriculture, and improve energy efficiency.  This year, the 61 investment proposals selected under the Modernisation Fund focus on electricity generation from renewables, modernisation of energy networks and energy efficiency in the energy sector, in industry, in buildings, and transport, and the replacement of coal generation with lower carbon intensity fuel. Some of the proposals which received funding are:  

  • building heating plants based on renewable energy sources and improvement of energy efficiency in the industry in Poland.
  • the rehabilitation and extension of district heating and cooling networks and decarbonisation projects in the industrial sector in Slovakia.
  • modernisation and energy improvements of district heating systems in Hungary

The deadline for beneficiary Member States to submit investment proposals for potential Modernisation Fund support in the next disbursement cycle is 19 January 2023 for non-priority proposals and 16 February 2023 for priority proposals.

For more information on Modernisation Fund, please get in touch with Gabriele Pesce at [email protected].

Commission launches stakeholder consultations on candidate Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMIs)

On the 21st of December, the Commission opened several consultations on energy infrastructure projects under the revised Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation (EU/2022/869). The consultations, which run until 16 March, cover candidate projects in all energy infrastructure categories aiming to obtain the status of Project of Common Interest (PCI) or Project of Mutual Interest (PMI), as defined under the regulation.  The 12 weeks consultation aims to seek stakeholders’ views on the candidate projects, which will subsequently be presented to the regional groups given their assessment. This assessment by the regional groups will be carried out in spring 2023 to adopt the first Union list of PCIs and PMIs under the new TEN-E Regulation in November 2023.

For more information on CEF and PCIs, please contact Gabriele Pesce at [email protected].

Have a say on the Driving Urban Transition (DUT) Partnership Call Priorities 2023

The Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) Partnership is a European long-term research and innovation programme that aims at building capacities and supporting local authorities and municipalities, service and infrastructure providers. Citizens translate global strategies into local action.  The open stakeholder consultation is the first step of the scoping process to define the topics for the second DUT call to be launched in September 2023. The scoping process will progress from challenges, priorities and themes to the call topics.  The stakeholder consultation focuses on the three DUT transition pathways and the challenges, priorities, and themes to be addressed through research and innovation in each of these transition pathways.

Click here to learn more and access the survey.