Regulation 347/2013 on Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure seeks to: identify Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) necessary to implement priority corridors and areas falling under the energy infrastructure categories in electricity, gas, oil, and carbon dioxide for the period up to 2020 and beyond; facilitate the timely implementation of PCIs by streamlining, coordinating more closely, and accelerating permit granting processes and by enhancing public participation; provide rules and guidance for the cross-border allocation of costs and risk-related incentives for PCIs; and determine the conditions for eligibility of PCIs for Union financial assistance. A link to the Regulation is available here. The Regulation provides for a Union list of Projects of Common Interest and in Malta’s case the relevant project is the PCI Connection of Malta to the European Gas network.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority has prepared a Manual for the Permit Granting Process for PCIs in line with Article 9 of Regulation 347/2013. The manual provides information on MEPA’s role as the Competent Authority, as well as information about other Authorities and major stakeholders. It outlines the permit granting process including the pre-application and the statutory permit granting procedures. The relevant applicable law, the required documentation to be submitted with an application for such PCIs and information on related public participation during the entire process is listed in the manual.