The EU Commission on February 23, 2018 started first discussion in the EU Council on the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework 2020 -2027. It will be important to secure larger roll out programs for hydrogen infrastructure roll out including hydrogen production to facilitate the national H2 refuelling networks in the 15 member states that included hydrogen in their alternative fuels infrastructure planning.

Recently, the European Commission launched a public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market with an objective “to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget”.

On February 23, 2018 the EHA facilitated a webinar to inform national infrastructure officials on the need to support the inclusion in the MFF of synergy projects  that link renewable power to clean transport corridors, as part of the EU Industry Forum 2018.  Commissioner of Energy Šefčovič launched three industry initiatives, calling them the new EU “Start ups”:

1. Batterìes (budget 20 bln for a 20GW battery factory serving a prospective  € 250 bln market by 2020
2. Renewables: budget unknown; objective ensuring global leader position of Europe
3. Construction – efficiency: 10 bln EIB  facility to get 3 mln families out of energy poverty.