“Promoting the use of Structural Funds and Cohesion Funds for energy investments in New Member States”
The action, entitled “Promoting the use of Structural Funds and Cohesion Funds for energy investments in New Member States” (PromoSCene) was implemented under a grant agreement between the EC and a consortium of beneficiaries (incl. the EEA) in the framework of the “Intelligent Energy – Europe” Programme. The project started 1st January 2007. The main target groups of the project are the managing authorities of respective operational programmes, as well as the national energy agencies.
The EEA’s partners in the project are, as follows: SenterNovem (the Netherlands) – co-ordinator, CRES (Greece), DENA (Germany), AEA (Austria), ADEME (France), KAPE (Poland), CEA (Czech Republic), Cyprus Institute of Energy, ISPE (Romania)and ARCE (Romania).
- PromoSCene aims to enhance the use of Structural and Cohesion Funds to finance investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- The project can help member states to successfully implement their Operational Programmes, thereby contributing to the European cohesion policy, as well as to the Lisbon and Gothenburg goals.
PromoSCene supports the Managing Authorities of Structural and Cohesion Funds (SCF) in the target countries to promote and manage their funds, in particular regarding investments in renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE). The project is expected to lead to:
• Increased awareness of managing authorities in target countries regarding the importance of energy investments for regional development – promoting and managing energy-related projects in their operational programmes
• Easy access to information regarding SCF programmes and related renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects
• Trained managing authorities and energy agencies willing to promote the use of SCF for financing projects in the field of RE and EE
• Ultimately, a significant increase in projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy financed by SCF An important aspect in the project is to enhance the communication and information exchange between managing authorities (and intermediaries) on one side, and beneficiaries and stakeholders on the other side (companies, energy agencies, regional development agencies, banks, etc).
The project was over on 31st of August 2009.1