Vote on Connecting Europe Facility agreement: - extracts from the vote - statement by the Rapporteurs EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy EP Committee on Transport and Tourism

Type: News   Reference: 94548   Duration: 00:03:14  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 07/10/2013   First transmission: 07/10/2013
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is part of the package proposed in the context of the next MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework). It lays down the general rules for granting the Union financial aid in the field of the trans-European transport, energy and telecommunication networks, replacing the existing legal bases. Sectoral policy guidelines (TEN-T Guidelines, TEN-E Guidelines and INFSO Guidelines) determining priorities and complementary measures of implementation were also proposed for each of the above sectors. With a budget of almost €30bn, the CEF is a key instrument for targeted infrastructure investment at European level to ensure the smooth functioning of the Single Market and boost sustainable growth, jobs and competitiveness across the European Union. In transport, the CEF will fund the development of the core network set out in the Trans European Transport Guidelines which were also agreed during the Irish Presidency. The guidelines set out the framework for identifying projects of common interest contributing to the development of the network. The aim is to tackle the main problems encountered: missing links, in particular at cross-border sections, infrastructure disparities between and within member states, insufficient multi-modal connections, greenhouse gas emissions from transport and inadequate interoperability. In energy, the CEF will provide financial assistance for the modernisation and expansion of Europe’s energy infrastructure in order to complete the internal energy market, link isolated regions and facilitate the development of renewables. The Regulation supports the recently finalised guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure which set out procedures to implement key projects of common interest along trans-European priority corridors and areas covering electricity, gas, oil and CO2. The CEF therefore enables the EU to meet its broader climate and energy goals, while ensuring security of supply and solidarity among Member States.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 Views during the vote on Connecting Europe Facility agreement (4 shots ) 00:00:44
00:00:54 SOUNDBITE (English) Adina Ioana VĀLEAN (ALDE, RO) I'm very excited that finally we wend up voting on this Connecting Europe Facility. This is a new instrument for Europe, in terms of financing the infrastructure. I'm saying its new because its the only growth instrument the EC proposed for the next 7 years on the budgetary multiannual framework. I'm saying this because it was foreseen to be like we are putting 1 euro and get another 10 investment to finance something. So this is rather new on the approach we have towards financing stuff in the EU. 00:00:39
00:01:33 SOUNDBITE (English) Adina Ioana VĀLEAN (ALDE, RO) For energy we vote 5.8 billion euro and for telecomm 1.1 billion euro. I'm saying only about those two as I'm the rapporteur for industry, so I'm dealing with energy and telecom. It is unfortunate that finally the European Council diminished the amount foreseen for this instrument. At the beginning we were supposed to have nearly 10 billions both for energy and 10 billions for telecom. But well, in the end it's good that we have some money. The most important stuff which we manage to go trough with the Council is to accept the idea that we need to use the money in a differed way, so not doing business as usual, meaning granting European money in projects, but to use the European money to attract other private investments in this infrastructure 00:01:01
00:02:34 SOUNDBITE (French) Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES) We defend specifically the need to have sufficient money, the necessary budget to make the ambitious EU project on the transeuropean network become true by 2020. We defend specifically the establishment of the multi-modal corridors, the port, the airport, the multimodal platforms, and as well in the cities with the a support of the European budget to arrive to have save , secure and good quality mobility . 00:00:40
00:03:14 SOUNDBITE (French) Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES) For the transeuropean networks we obtain, from the non cohesion countries, a total of 15 billion euro. This has been completed with 11 billion form the cohesion countries. So in total we almost have 27 billion euro. 00:00:00
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