I. General information
The 2020 CEF Transport MAP call for proposals has been published on 15 December 2020 with a total budget of €200 million (€160 million under the ‘General envelope’ and €40 million under the ‘Cohesion envelope’).
This call addresses actions related to the funding objective “removing bottlenecks, enhancing rail interoperability, bridging missing links and, in particular, improving cross-border sections”, while contributing to the achievement of the Green Deal objectives.
The envisaged actions need to contribute to completing pre-identified projects on the core network corridors and on the other sections of the core network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports).
The general objective of this call is to prepare for the implementation of TEN-T core network projects by supporting studies, addressing the necessary preparatory steps for the forthcoming infrastructure works. These steps can relate e.g., to technical design, permitting procedures and preparation of the tendering process.
|Indicative call timeline||Date|
|Call publication||15 December 2020|
|Deadline for submission||22 March 2021 (17:00 Brussels time)|
|Evaluation of proposals||April-June 2021 (indicative)|
|Consultation of the CEF Coordination Committee / Information to the European Parliament||July 2021 (indicative)|
|Adoption of the Selection Decision||August 2021 (indicative)|
|Preparation and signature of individual grant agreements||As of August 2021 (indicative)|
|Funding Objective||Priority||Indicative date of publication||Indicative amounts under General envelope|
(in € million)
|Indicative amounts under Cohesion envelope|
(in € million)
|“Bridging missing links, removing bottlenecks, enhancing rail interoperability, and, in partiocular, improving cross-border sections”||Projects on the Core Network||December 2020||160||40|
II. Funding priorities
► Pre-identified projects (see point III) on the Corridors of the Core Network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports);
► Pre-identified projects (see point III) on the other sections of the Core Network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports).
III. General eligibility criteria
Only actions which can be qualified as projects of common interest identified in Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 (TEN-T Guidelines) and which address pre-identified projects listed in Annex I, Part I, points 2 ‘Core network corridors’ and 3 ‘Other Sections on the Core Network’ of the CEF Regulation are eligible under this call.
IV. Eligibility for road projects
Concerning roads only Actions located in Member States with no railway network established in their territory or located in a Member State, or part thereof, with an isolated network without long-distance rail freight transport, are eligible under this call.
Actions related to roads shall be in line with Chapter III (Core Network) of the TEN-T Guidelines and the specific requirements of Chapter II, section 3 (roads) of the TEN-T Guidelines and may address high-quality roads (motorways, express roads or conventional strategic roads) including bridges, tunnels, junctions, crossings, interchanges, hard shoulders and their associated equipment. Support shall only be granted to Actions compliant with the road safety and tunnel safety Directives. Support will not be given to Actions related to road maintenance.
V. Eligibility for ports projects
Concerning inland ports, core inland ports and all inland ports located on a pre-identified section of a Core Network Corridor or of one Other Section on the Core Network are eligible under this call.
Concerning maritime ports, core maritime ports are eligible under this call.
VI. Eligibility for rail projects
The main focus of the call is on rail projects. All foreseen railway actions must comply with Directive (EU) 2016/797, where it has already been transposed into national law, or Directive 2008/57/EC on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union and with relevant Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs).
VII. Financial assistance
Studies will be financed, which address the following:
► Infrastructure projects for railways, inland waterways, maritime and inland ports;
► Infrastructure projects for road networks in the case of Member States with no railway network established in their territory or in the case of a Member State, or part thereof, with an isolated network without long-distance rail freight transport.
Funding rate for the General envelope:
The amount of Union financial assistance shall not exceed 50% of the eligible costs (studies).
Funding rate for the Cohesion envelope:
The maximum funding rate shall be 85% of the eligible costs (studies).
In order to ensure efficiency in EU funding interventions, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications for actions with a total requested EU contribution to the eligible costs of no less than €500,000. Where possible, related actions should be grouped and submitted as one proposal.
VIII. Type of Actions
Priority will be given to studies leading to the start of works between 2021 and 2024, such as studies related to the environmental impact assessment or other environmental permits, advanced design, building permits, geological surveys or public procurement. Studies for new or extension of projects leading to the start of works after 2024 are also eligible but will be given a lower priority.
Actions shall be completed at the latest by 31 December 2024.
IX. Virtual information day
2020 CEF Transport MAP call virtual info day: Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 09:30.
Only registered participants will be given the link to attend the conference.