15 October 2013
Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas has published last Thursday in Tallinn, Estonia, new maps showing the 9 major infrastructure corridors which will underpin the EU's Single Market, and revolutionise East-West Connections. The EU is investing €26 billion for co-funding transport projects to build cross-border missing links, remove bottlenecks and make the network smarter.
The launch has been the centrepiece of the "TEN-T Days in Tallinn (16-18 October), during which more than 1,000 people – including more than 18 Transport Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, CEOs and stakeholders from all the transport sectors - converged on Tallinn for expert discussions on implementing the new transport policy framework.
Vice-President Kallas said: "Transport is fundamental to an efficient EU economy, but vital connections are currently missing. We need to connect East with West and transform the current transport patchwork into a real network. Without good connections Europe will not grow or prosper."
The new policy sets the focus on a core transport network for Europe. Its aim is to concentrate spending on a smaller number of projects where real EU added value can be realised.
Nine corridors will provide the basis for the co-ordinated development of infrastructure within the core network. Covering at least 3 modes, 3 Member States and 2 cross-border sections, these corridors will bring together the Member States concerned, as well as the relevant stakeholders.