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Question for written answer to the Commission

Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission

21.02.2014

1 and 2. The CEF funds for transport will be allocated in accordance with the provisions of the regulation (EU) No 1315/2013(1) and the regulation (EU) No 1316/2013(2).

Pursuant to Art. 21(3) of the regulation (EU) No 1316/2013, the Commission adopted a delegated act(3) detailing the transport funding priorities to be reflected in the work programmes for the duration of the CEF.

In parallel with the delegated act, the communication ‘Building the Transport Core Network: Core Network Corridors and Connecting Europe Facility’(4), provides information on the potential budget and instruments available under the new framework.

As specified in its general objectives in Article 3, the CEF is an instrument aiming at enabling the Union to achieve its sustainable development targets, by promoting cleaner modes of transport. Therefore, the focus of the CEF, including for the EUR 11.3bn transferred from the Cohesion Fund to the CEF, will be on rail, inland waterways, the deployment of new technologies and telematic applications. Projects on the TEN-T road network can benefit from the CEF in the form of innovative financial instruments, and are also eligible to other EU instruments such as the European Structural and Investment Funds. The CEF contribution to road infrastructure projects in the form of grants will remain limited. This is reflected in the proportion of road projects in Part I of Annex I to the CEF Regulation.