European grant funds for transeuropean energy networks
Deadline: 29th February 2012
The 2012 programme for grants in the field of trans-European networks (TEN) - area of energy infrastructures (TEN-E) - will encourage the effective operation and development of the internal market, reinforce the security of supplies and the diversification of energy suppliers and routes, facilitate the development and reducing the isolation of less-favoured regions, contribute to sustainable development and protection of the environment, inter alia by involving renewable energies.
Furthermore, it will promote interconnection, interoperability and development of trans-European energy networks and access to such networks in accordance with current EU law.
Particular attention shall be given to projects of European interest that contribute to:
(a) The development of the network to strengthen economic and social cohesion by reducing the isolation of the less-favoured and island regions of the Union;
(b) The optimisation of the capacity of the network and the integration of the internal energy market, in particular concerning cross-border section;
(c) The security of energy supply, diversification of sources of energy supplies and, in particular, interconnections with third countries;
(d) The connection of renewable energy resources; and
(e) The safety, reliability and interoperability of interconnected networks.