Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU to invest €2.7 billion in transport infrastructure development

Creation date: June 23, 2017

152 key projects across EU will receive funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to make European transport infrastructure safer, greener and more efficient.

This investment is expected to unlock an additional €4.7 billion in public and private co-financing. Selected projects will contribute to removing bottlenecks and improving cross-border connections, modernising rail lines, installing alternative fuel supply points, as well as developing innovative traffic management solutions.

Selected projects are mostly 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 (€1.8 billion), decarbonising and upgrading road transport and developing Intelligent Transport Systems (€359.2 million), as well as deploying Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems (€311.3 million).

Selected actions include flagship initiatives such as the upgrade of the over 100 km-long Białystok-Ełk rail section in Poland; modernisation of ATM systems in EU Member States; full expansion of the Karawanken road tunnel linking Slovenia and Austria; development of a high-speed electric vehicle charging network across Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Italy.

All projects were selected for funding via competitive calls for proposals launched on 13 October 2016. INEA received 349 applications accounting for a total of nearly €7.5 billion of requested co-funding.

The EU Member States represented in the Connecting Europe Facility Coordination Committee must now formally approve the proposed funding decision at their meeting on 6 July 2017. The Commission is expected to adopt a funding decision by the end of July 2017. INEA will then prepare and sign grant agreements with the beneficiaries in the second half of 2017.

More information

Read the full press release on the 2016 CEF Transport call results, including proposed list of selected projects, a factsheet on the call and country factsheets