Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission
Following the adoption of Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 establishing the new Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network, the Y-Basque project, which was already included in the TEN-T Priority Project n°3, is now a key component of the Atlantic Corridor of the TEN-T Core Network.
Within this framework, a Corridor work plan will be defined in 2014 and a European Coordinator will be appointed to chair a Corridor Forum involving the Member States concerned with a view, inter alia, to fine-tune priorities and project development.
A larger amount of EU funding with higher co-financing rates as compared to the past, is available from 2014 under the new Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility.
The Commission therefore:
- reaffirms the importance of the Y-Basque project within the Atlantic Corridor;
- awaits the submission of proposals concerning the Y-Basque project in the next calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility;
- expects the Corridor work plan to clarify the overall national planning vis-à-vis the Corridor needs.