Creation date: December 12, 2017
The EU Member States represented in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Coordination Committee approved today the European Commission's proposal to invest over €1 billion in 39 key transport projects that will develop sustainable and innovative transport infrastructure in Europe across all modes. Selected projects will improve the railway network, develop the infrastructure for electric cars, modernise Europe's air traffic management, as well as pave the way towards zero emission waterway transport.
The investment is made via the CEF programme, the EU's financial mechanism supporting infrastructure networks, and will unlock a total of €4.5 billion of public and private co-financing. It is the programme's first innovative call for proposals blending EU grants with other European, national or private fund.
Proposed projects are concentrated on the strategic sections of Europe's transport network (the core network) to ensure the highest EU added-value and impact. The largest part of the funding will be devoted to developing the European rail network (€719.5 million), decarbonising and upgrading road transport (€99.6 million), as well as developing maritime ports (€78.9 million) and inland waterways (€44.7 million).
The projects include such flagship initiatives as increasing the speed of the railway access line to the Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Denmark and Germany; enlarging the Divača-Koper railway line in Slovenia to improve its capacity, safety and reliability; deploying a pan-European network of 340 charging stations for electric cars in 13 EU countries; adapting the most important Belgian inland waterway, the Albert canal, for larger freight transport; as well as improving the capacity of the Port of Gdansk in Poland.
All proposed projects were selected for funding via a competitive call for proposals, open for projects in all EU Member States, which was launched on 8 February 2017. 68 applications accounting for a total of €2.2 billion of requested co-funding were received by the first call deadline on 14 July 2017.
The EU's financial contribution is made in the form of grants, with different co-financing rates depending on the project type. The call remains open for new project proposals until 12 April 2018, the second and last call cut-off date.
Proposal for the selection of projects - 2017 Transport Blending call – First cut-off date
Press release on the Commission's proposal