PCIs are key infrastructure projects, especially cross-border projects, that link the energy systems of European countries. They help the European Commission to achieve its energy policy and climate change objectives for:
Becoming a PCI means a project has demonstrated it will:
GridLink lies within the Northern Seas Offshore Grid priority corridor designated by the European Commission. This recognises the particular importance of projects in the area and gave the project preference in the PCI award process.
PCIs may benefit from their status in several ways, including:
PCIs also have the right to apply for funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a funding initiative developed to support investment into strategic infrastructure projects.
The European Commission announces a new list of PCIs every two years. GridLink secured its status in 2017.
The award was confirmed by the publication of Commission Delegated Regulation No. 2018/540 of 23 November 2017 amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest in the Official Journal on 6th April 2018.
Additional information can be found below:
The European Commission web-site for Project of Common Interest can be found at:
In accordance with Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest (known as the ‘TEN-E Regulation’), each country connected by GridLink has nominated a National Competent Authority (NCA) responsible for overseeing the implementation of PCIs.
UK National Competent Authority:
Ms. Abbey Pennington
Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
Note: The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has delegated authority to co-ordinate the TEN-E process to the MMO
FRANCE National Competent Authority:
Mme. Sidonie Blanchard
Chargée de mission infrastructures de transport d’électricité, Direction Générale de l’Energie et du Climat (MTES, DGEC)
Please find a link to guidance on the implementation TEN-E Regulation to PCIs in the UK below: