EP vote on Connecting Europe Facility:
- extracts from the vote
Joint EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy / Committee on Transport and Tourism
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 18/12/2012 First transmission: 18/12/2012
Rules on how the EU's "Connecting Europe Facility" (CEF), is to fund infrastructure projects of common interest for trans-European transport, energy and telecoms networks were approved in a joint vote by the Transport and Industry committees on Tuesday.
With a proposed budget of up to €50 billion between 2014-2020, the whole Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is specifically designed to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It will support the roll-out of high-performing, sustainable and joined-up trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy, and broadband & digital services. Projects will be selected annually, on criteria that include maturity and EU added value, with a special view to removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, particularly on cross-border sections. The Transport and Industry committees adopted the legislative resolution with 81 votes in favour, 8 against and 5 abstentions. They mandated Parliament's negotiating team to open talks with the Council in order to find a first reading agreement, and decided to schedule a plenary vote only thereafter.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Ambience shots at the ITRE - TRAN joint voting session. Rapporteurs Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES) and Dominique RIQUET (EPP, FR)
||Brian SIMPSON (S&D, UK), Chair of the Transport Committee, opens the vote on "Connecting Europe Facility". Ambience shots during the vote.
||Rapporteur Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (ALDE, RO) voting. Ambience shots.
||Vote on the legislative proposal as amended, followed by the vote on the legislative resolution which is adopted by 81 votes in favour, 8 votes against and 5 abstentions. Applause and exit shot.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dominique RIQUET (EPP, FR), Rapporteur: "(Connecting Europe Facility) is a financial regulation for the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 which aims to guide the investments on transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures, involving several billion euros".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dominique RIQUET (EPP, FR), Rapporteur: "The Commission's proposal was of a 50 billion amount, divided in 30 billion for transport, 10 billion for telecommunications and 10 more for energy. Now the proposal of the Council's president is 27 billion for transport, 7 and 7 billion. So it has decreased. We would like to see the biggest means to be invested in the best of tools for growth and development in Europe, especially in this moment when it especially needed. This is also a great tool for European integration."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dominique RIQUET (EPP, FR), Rapporteur: "By investing in transport, energy or telecommunication infrastructures, you create employment and at the same time you increase the competiveness of specific regions as well as of Europe in general. This is the best tool we can get right now for increasing growth and development in Europe";
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES), Rapporteur: "Now we have a strong mandate to negotiate with the Council and call for a meaningful budget to back this revision of the trans-European networks. We have a strong mandate on everything that relates to the 10 corridors that have been reinforced in this vote, and also on a series of horizontal priorities where new technologies, security and new technologies are highly present".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES), Rapporteur: "There are also elements related to energy and telecommunications and a new aspect in which the Parliament has strongly insisted: the synergies between all three sectors. When a big infrastructure for transport, energy or telecommunications is being built up, it is more and more necessary to explain to the citizens that we are trying to avoid any kind of negative effect and that we are taking advantage of all possible synergies and cooperation among the three sectors."