The Green Paper "Towards a better integrated trans-European transport network at the service of the common transport policy" published in February 2009 opened the TEN-T policy review. Stakeholders and European Institutions and consultative bodies broadly welcomed the review and the approach proposed (Option 3 - dual layer planning approach with a “core network” as the top layer).
In order to support the analysis of specific issues identified or reconfirmed in the Green Paper process, six expert groups have been set up consisting of highly experienced representatives from various fields for the future TEN-T planning and implementation approaches.
The document "Consultation on the Future Trans-European Transport Networks", adopted on 4 May 2010, still covers the three planning options of the Green Paper, but based on the strong support for option 3, focuses on the latter. It includes a description of the methodology to elaborate the core network and is also accompanied by an ex-post analysis of the past TEN-T policy, within a separate Staff Working Document.
Based on these intermediate steps, the major legislative proposal resulting from the Green Paper process will be a Commission proposal for the overhaul of the existing TEN-T Guidelines. The new/revised Guidelines could be ready for adoption by the Commission in mid 2011.