No 329 - Weekly - 22 October 2009

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EU-Africa Communication





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EU to reinforce transport cooperation with Africa

The European Commission will be setting up an action plan with its African partners to discuss ways to improve and strengthen transport links between the two continents on an ongoing basis. The action plan was announced during the Euro-African Transport Forum that was held in the framework of the “TEN-T days” conference taking place in Naples on 21 and 22 October. The Forum was attended by representatives of EU Member States, the Commission as well as those from African countries and regional organisations. This Forum is directly linked to the recent communication on “Partnership between the European Union and Africa Connecting. Africa and Europe: working towards strengthening transport cooperation”. This Communication is a tool that aims to reinforce cooperation in this key sector by putting at the disposal of the African continent Europe's experience in this area and by launching a first thought in the view of developing a concrete action plan aiming at strengthening the interconnections between the EU an the African networks. Further cooperation is expected to lead to increased trade, improved safety and security as well as a transport system that is better equipped to deal with the challenges of climate change.

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Projects Details


EU invests first part of €500 million worth of TEN-T funding in infrastructure works

The European Commission has announced the first group of projects that will benefit from a total of €500 million worth of investment in vital transport infrastructure projects across the EU. The grants will be allocated under the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme, which helps to fund works to build missing transport links or remove bottlenecks in order to enable people and goods to circulate quickly and easily between Member States. The €500 million package constitutes a vital part of the Commission's response to the economic crisis. The funding announced today will go towards projects in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom. A second group of projects benefitting from TEN-T funding will be announced later this year.

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TEN-T Conference


New partnership launched to improve infrastructure in northern Europe

A new initiative called the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics has been launched  with the aim of improving major transport connections in northern Europe. To this end a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by representatives of the European Commission, Norway, Russia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Belarus at a conference on the future of Trans-European transport networks in Naples.

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SET Plan


• Energy

Annual European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) conference in Stockholm

EU Commissioners for Research, Janez Potočnik (SPEECH/09/487), and for Energy, Andris Piebalgs, opened the annual conference on the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) this week. Organised by the EU Swedish Presidency 21 and 22 October, the SET Plan Conference brings together more than 300 researchers, business leaders and investors working on low-carbon technologies in Europe. The objective is to engage the key stakeholders to take forward the SET-Plan, towards a low carbon future.

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TEN-T Days in Naples on 21-22 October 2009

To keep Europe moving, the European Union established the Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to allow people and goods to circulate quickly and easily between Member States as well as to ensure good international connections. It plays an essential role in helping to build missing links or removing bottlenecks in our transport structure by creating a single, multimodal network that efficiently integrates land, sea and air transport networks throughout the EU.

The annual conference of the TEN-T programme – called TEN-T Days – took place in Naples, Italy, on 21 and 22 October. This year's theme was "The future of Trans-European Transport Networks: building bridges between Europe and its neighbours". The main goals of the conference were:

  • To take stock of the implementation of the 30 priority projects and provide a first outline of common priorities until 2020

  • To announce hundreds of millions worth of TEN-T funding for infrastructure projects across the EU

  • To look at ways to improve transport links with neighbouring regions, especially Africa .

How has the implementation of TEN T projects been in 2008?

The 2009 progress report takes stock of progress so far in the implementation of the 30 priority projects. 39% of the necessary investments have been made. €161 Billion have been invested in priority projects, 4 of which are finished and 2 are being finalised. Other projects have also seen progress, in particular in the period 2007-2009. Indeed more that €14 billion were invested last year, notwithstanding the economic crisis. However, it is now foreseen that 35% of the investment necessary to complete the network will be carried out after 2013.

How will TEN-T be made to work even better?

The TEN-T programme is known for being very efficiently managed. In addition it has always been highly popular, which is demonstrated by it always being oversubscribed. To build on this success, the Commission launched a broad review process by publishing a Green Paper considering future political and economical challenges, such as the fight against climate change. Many local, regional and national authorities as well as companies and citizens took part in the consultation. The Naples conference will be used to reflect on the TEN-T policy framework for the future. Next year a communication will be published with guidelines for how to prepare the TEN-T programme for future challenges. For more about the policy review, visit

What is the Commission already doing to improve transport links with neighbouring regions?

The Commission has realised that the transport sector is increasingly international and that therefore we need to ensure further integration with neighbouring countries to advance economic and environmental interests to our mutual benefit. The EU and its neighbours face many of the same challenges such as climate change and improving safety and security, so it would make sense to collaborate on them. Non-EU countries are also able to benefits from initiatives such as the Motorways of the Sea and EGNOS, which is a free service to improve the accuracy of GPS signals. The EU also has aviation agreements with many third countries such as Morocco and Jordan. On 2-3 April an EU-Africa Aviation Conference was held in Namibia to discuss ways of setting up a partnership with Africa on civil aviation. In June the Commission published a communication exploring how the two continents could work together on transport. At the Naples conference there were many representatives from neighbouring countries such as Russia, Senegal and Turkey to discuss how transport links could be improved together. To read the EU-Africa communication, visit



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Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and Transport on the EUROPA website.

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