Transport infrastructure: EU invests EUR 5.4 billion to support key projects across the continent
Accepting 135 proposals to be funded by Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Search for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••, the EU’s funding instrument for strategic investment in transport infrastructure, with EU grants totalling EUR 5.4 billion. The funding will support post-pandemic economic recovery in all EU Member States on the one hand. Additionally, contributions to the construction of missing transport links across the continent are foreseen, supporting sustainable transport, improving safety and interoperability, and creating jobs. The projects selected were submitted in response to calls for proposals.
One of the minimum requirements for the projects selected is a direct link on the Trans-European Transport Network, the system of roads, railways, inland waterways, short-sea shipping routes, ports and airports that links the EU’s Member States and beyond. The Commission’s objective is to complete the TEN-T core network by 2030 and the comprehensive network by 2050, while also ensuring that its infrastructure helps the EU deliver its climate objectives, as set out in the European Green Deal.
EU Commissioner for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean commented: “Today we are allocating €5.4 billion to projects across Europe that will improve missing infrastructure links, make transport more sustainable and efficient, increase safety and interoperability, as well as create jobs. These challenging times have reinforced the importance of our EU transport sector and of having a seamless, well connected infrastructure network. In particular projects such as the upgrade of the rail-road transhipment terminal in Haniska pri Košicich will further facilitate our links with Ukraine.”
Dirk Beckers, Director of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) agreed: “The European Union is once more investing in the future of its citizens by supporting the creation of a sustainable, green, safe and smart transport system. The projects that we have selected, which cover all modes of transport across Member States, will help boost the EU’s post COVID-19 pandemic recovery by injecting billions into the real economy and guarantee a next generation transport infrastructure for our businesses and citizens.”
Several projects will boost the EU’s railway network, including crossborder links and connections to ports and airports. Rail infrastructure projects located on the TEN-TSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN••• Core Network and selected for funding include the Fehmarn Belt tunnel, which will link Denmark and Germany.
Another key project will upgrade the existing rail-road transhipment terminal in Haniska pri Košicich near the city of Košice in Slovakia. The upgrade will make it easier to move freight between rail and road, and to adapt the railway gauge so that trains built to use gauges of a different width, including that used in Ukraine, can be accommodated.
Other projects will reinforce maritime navigation through the upgrading of basic port infrastructure and the installation of on-shore power supply. Ports will then be in a position to help docked ships reduce their emissions.
Projects to improve inland waterway transport include the Seine-Scheldt cross-border waterway connection, which will help create a cross-border inland waterway connection between France and Belgium.
Rolling out Intelligent Transport Systems on certain sections of the road network will improve road safety and create secure and safe parking infrastructure for heavy goods vehicles in Spain, Romania, France, Hungary and Italy.
For smart, interoperable and safer railway services, several projects will digitalise operations across Europe through the European Rail Traffic Management System. A series of pilot Digital European Sky Demonstrators in green aviation and urban air mobility will support air transport.
The new application period will start September 15th, 2022 with a deadline on January 9th to submit the application in all open CEF programmes.
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