03.04 IEE

The aim of the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme is to increase the share of sustainable energy by  removing non-technical barriers, improving market access and promoting knowledge exchange, also in the area of energy savings. Moreover, IEE projects help strengthening international networks.

Target groups

Businesses, knowledge institutions, NGOs and government authorities that want to cooperate in a European project for no more than three years, together with at least three partners from three EU countries. However, there are usually more partners, as the project must have a European impact.


Making developments eligible for a subsidy creates more initiatives from the market which contribute to sustainable energy solutions.

The budget for IEE–II amounts to € 727 million for the period 2007-2013. Participants are reimbursed 75 percent of the costs to be subsidised in projects that contribute to specific EU targets from the annual work programme. On average, a group receives a subsidy of around € 1 million.

Advantages and disadvantages


Thanks to a strong financial investment, projects or ideas with a solid business case can be detailed and do not have to deal with fund shortages anymore.

Tax consequences

Consequences for public-law bodies:

Tax consequences depend on the manner of participation (no special consequences, in principle).

Consequences for taxpayers:

The Energy Investment Allowance (EIA) and Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA) are interesting for entrepreneurs.


Project 1: ELENA, as part of the IEE programme (information sheet)

More information

IEE (website NL Agency)