Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Projects by transport mode

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) supports the realisation of a Trans-European Network in the field of
transport.

Water

TEN-T projects involving waterways can be grouped into:

Inland waterways are made up of rivers, canals and the various branches and links which connect them. The TEN-T inland waterway projects aim to help connect industrial regions and urban areas and link them to ports. Inland ports form part of the network, in particular as points of interconnection between the waterways and other modes of transport.

River Information Services (RIS) and its related projects involve traffic management infrastructure on the inland waterway network. Specifically, this includes the establishment of an interoperable, intelligent traffic and transport system to optimise the existing capacity and safety and improve interoperability with other transport modes.

TEN-T projects dealing with seaports aim to permit the development of sea transport. They include support for shipping links for islands and the points of interconnection between sea transport and other modes of transport. Their infrastructure aims to provide a range of services for passenger and goods transport, including ferry services and short and long-distance shipping services, coastal shipping, linking EU Member States together and with third countries.

The trans-European network of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) intends to re-create the road and rail network on the water, by concentrating flows of freight in viable, regular sea routes. These projects strive to improve port facilities and infrastructure, as well as electronic logistics management systems, safety and security and administrative and customs procedures, as well as access routes for year-round navigability. Projects usually are proposed by at least two Member States. Visit the Motorways of the Sea One Stop Help Desk for more information about these projects and their funding opportunities.

SESAR

The trans-European air traffic management (ATM) network comprises the airspace reserved for general aviation, airways, air navigation aids, traffic planning and management systems and the air traffic control system (control centres, surveillance and communications facilities) that are necessary for safe and efficient aviation in the European airspace.

Road

The trans-European road network comprises motorways and high-quality roads. The network aims to guarantee users a high, uniform and continuous level of service, comfort and safety. Projects look at adapting existing roads or building new ones to meet TEN-T objectives.

RIS

River Information Services (RIS) and its related projects involve traffic management infrastructure on the inland waterway network. Specifically, this includes the establishment of an interoperable, intelligent traffic and transport system to optimise the existing capacity and safety and improve interoperability with other transport modes.

ERTMS

Traffic Management Systems (TMS) are solutions to apply information and communication technologies to the transport sector. Through TMS, transport can be made safer, cheaper, more reliable and "greener" and can often be done rapidly and with a smaller financial effort compared to other solutions. Some TMS applications are inherently easy to understand and we encounter them in our daily lives. Car satellite navigation systems or booking portals for train services fall under this category. Others, such as ERTMS and SESAR for instance, are less known by the general public, but are nevertheless of paramount importance for transport.

The Agency manages a number of TMS projects, spanning all the major transport sectors (road, rail, air, water) and encourages the deployment of TMS services across all transport sectors, in line with the European Commission's priorities.

The total co-financing for the TMS projects managed by the Agency is over €1 billion for the 2007-2013 funding period.

The Agency groups the main TMS projects according to mode:
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) - TMS for Road
GALILEO - European global navigation satellite system (GNSS)
European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) - TMS for Rail
SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) - TMS for Air
River Information Services (RIS) - TMS for Inland Waterways

Rail

The EU’s rail network consists of both high-speed and conventional rail lines and their related infrastructures and facilities which enable rail and and other transport modes to be integrated.

Rail projects aim to ultimately create a safe and high-quality infrastructure, by ensuring network continuity and interoperability.

Many TEN-T rail projects are devoted to the implementation of common technical standards and the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), a command and control system recommended for the European railway network.

ITS for Road

ITS, or Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, projects for road transport use innovative technology for traffic management, accident detection and response and electronic toll collection to ensure a safer, more secure and more efficient road network.

Air

The trans-European airport network includes those commercial airports located in the EU. Projects are helping to both develop air links and the interconnection of air transport and other modal infrastructures and facilities, such as high-speed rail.

See also SESAR (Air Traffic Management)