Project of Common Interest (PCI)
The Baltic Pipe Project is recognised by the European Commission as a ‘Project of Common Interest’ (PCI), which is a status granted to projects with the purpose of strengthening the European internal energy market by reaching the EU’s energy policy objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy. The main objectives of the Baltic Pipe Project include further strengthening of supply diversification, market integration, price convergence and security of supply primarily in Poland and Denmark and secondly in Sweden, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Baltic region.
The Baltic Pipe Project was included in the first list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI), drawn up by the European Commission in 2013, and subsequently adopted by the European Commission in the currently binding list of PCIs on 18 November 2015. On 24 November 2017 the Baltic Pipe was for the third time included on the European Commission list of Projects of Common Interest.
The PCI status highlights the significance and regional relevance of the Baltic Pipe Project in the Baltic and CEE regions, and clearly demonstrates the importance of its implementation.
Streamlining the permitting processes
PCIs may benefit from the accelerated process of planning and permit granting, and get an access to a single national authority to obtain the required permits, improve regulatory conditions, lower administrative costs due to streamlined environmental assessment processes, increase public participation by means of consultations, and increase visibility to investors.
The Baltic Pipe Project is implemented with due respect for the rights of all the stakeholders concerned. We encourage all interested parties to share their comments and feedback as well as to ask questions, using the following form: