The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides for the possibility of approving
state aid for ‘Important Projects of Common European Interest’ (IPCEI). IPCEIs allow European Member States to jointly support transnational cooperation projects with major synergies that make an important contribution to economic growth, jobs and the competitiveness of the EU industry and economy.
One of ESMC main goals is to create an IPCEI for PV manufacturing. ESMC initiated a process and a working group in spring 2021, in collaboration with the European Solar Initiative. Since mid-2021, the IPCEI consortia attracted over 50 European companies and research organizations, all actively engaged in forming an IPCEI for PV manufacturing under the lead of ESMC.
Working group publications
May 20th marked the day for the official launch of the PV IPCEI. The event brought together high-level representatives from the European Commission, Member States, and the PV manufacturing industry to present and discuss the ongoing progress, the current geopolitical and market environment and to foresee the next steps to start the necessary PV-IPCEI policy and regulatory actions without delay.
Other deliveries from this working group
Watch the PV IPCEI launch event recording.
Letter of support
ESMC appreciates the support expressed by the 5 EU Member States; Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Spain, for the re-establishment of a competitive European solar PV manufacturing industry.
The arguments for an IPCEI is summarized in a document, used before the official IPCEI launch.
Industrial policy letter
ESMC’s Policy Director Mr Vaičiūnas gathered support from 8 EU Member States for a PV IPCEI in his previous role as the Lithuanian Energy Minister.
ESMC has produced a one-pager that summarizes the benefits for the Member States participating in the work to create an IPCEI for Solar PV Manufacturing.