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Trans-European Networks (TENs)
Trans-European Networks consist of cross-border transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures and are referred to in Articles 170, 171 and 172 of the Consolidated version 2008 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Their purpose is to support and enhance the functioning of the European single market by facilitating the free movement of goods, people and services. Actions under the TENs must promote the interoperability of national networks and facilitate access to them.
Under the ERDF, TEN-T projects are specifically mentioned as a priority for Convergence regions along with improving links to TEN-T routes for both Convergence and Competitiveness regions. Under the Cohesion Fund, transport funding is targeted at TEN-T projects, with special emphasis placed on priority projects.