- extracts from the Joint debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 18/11/2013 First transmission: 18/11/2013
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is an instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport. In the context of the next multi-annual financial framework (MMF) 2014-2020, the CEF has an overall budget of €29.3 billion to invest in those fields.
The CEF will provide funding for key transport infrastructure projects to improve cross-border connections, remove bottlenecks, bridge gaps and improve interoperability.
In energy, the CEF will provide financial assistance for the modernization and expansion of Europe's energy infrastructure. It would also enhance security of supply by helping to ensure that no member state is isolated or dependent on a single energy source.
Projects of common interest in the telecommunications sector should take into account actions in the field of broadband deployment, including generating demand for broadband.
The new regulation would enter into force on the after its publication in the EU Official Journal and apply from 1 January 2014.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France
||SOUNDBITE (English) Adina VALEAN (ALDE, RO), rapporteur: "Tomorrow we will vote on this new European instrument that will dedicate 33€ billion worth of investments to improve Europe's transports, energy and telecommunications networks. This new funding instrument is potentially a real revolution and at least a shift of paradigm. It is the only growth policy in the EU budget for the seven years to come."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dominique RIQUET (EPP, FR), rapporteur: "The investment in infrastructure projects helps growth, employment and competitiveness at three levels: by stimulating hiring for the construction industry, by creating opportunities to exploit the new infrastructures and by increasing the attractiveness of the regions concerned and their competitiveness. I would like to stress that the new legislative provision that we are about to adopt, is a true improvement on the current system thanks to the dual approach which should allow a better identification of projects. This should be a priority for funding and thanks to the promotion of projects that would allow synergy between the three sectors in this measure, it would allow economies of scale."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES), rapporteur: "After the vote of tomorrow, it would be up to the Governments to take their part presenting their projects and develop them. That is the real challenge for the future. We hope that, as in other cases in the past, that some Governments that had been fighting in this area to include their projects would not take a step back. Hence, it is their turn as the ball is now in the European mobility's court."
||SOUNDBITE (Greek) Georgios KOUMOUTSAKOS (EPP, EL), Rapporteur: "We have paid special attention to the corridors as well as to all of the European coordinators. The European coordinators now have substantial priors and are able to play the role of a catalyst in helping and promoting the project of common interest in these nine corridors. Moreover, we have clear timetables for the realization of these networks. In that way, both the European Commission and the Member States will have a clear target and a clear timeframe in order to work together."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Ismail ERTUG (S&D, DE) Rapporteur: "In Germany the media are talking about a German infrastructure disaster. Our roads, our chronic under finance, our bridges are collapsing and there are many transports projects which are been postponed. This rather desolating situation is harming not only the Federal Republic of Germany but the whole of Europe. Therefore, it is a hard time for us and we should take responsibility at EU level."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Siim KALLAS, European Commissioner for transport: "Despite quite difficult discussions on financial instruments and specialized projects, we have now the tools necessary to build an environment to private investments and to develop the instruments that would be attractive for specialized infrastructure investors. Financing for the transport infrastructure will triple for the period 2014-2020. This EU funding will be vitally focused on the core of the transport network, where there is more added value and we will prioritize Eastern connections."