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Question for written answer to the Commission

Question asked by: Zbigniew Ziobro (EFD) , Jacek Olgierd Kurski (EFD)

Subject: North-South Transport Corridor

Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the European Commission

In 2011 the Commission proposed revised Guidelines for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and a new funding instrument, the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ (CEF). Both are now in the legislative procedure.

The TEN-T core network will connect capitals, major agglomerations and main ports by rail, road and inland waterways (where relevant). To implement the core network the Commission proposed multi-modal corridors providing for greater modal integration, interoperability and coordination of investments, works and management of the infrastructure. Among the 10 core network corridors proposed, the ‘Baltic Adriatic Corridor’ goes through Poland from the border with Lithuania and ports in the Baltic Sea to the borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Being multi-modal by definition it includes parallel high-quality roads like the S7 in Poland.

The CEF will finance projects on the Core Network and horizontal priorities. As originally proposed by the Commission, it had an allocation of EUR 31.7 billion, including EUR 10 billion transferred from the Cohesion Fund reserved for eligible Member States. 80 to 85% of the money will be spent through multiannual work programmes for projects listed in the CEF Annex. Road projects are eligible under the EUR 10 billion only when they are cross-border. Road projects on the TEN-T network can also be eligible for funding under the Cohesion Fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Council has however reduced the CEF envelope and the amount for transport.

Ports of the Core network are also eligible to the CEF, including port interconnections and the development of multimodal platforms but also innovative projects in Core Network Ports like Gdynia, Gdansk, Szczecin and Świnoujście.