Creation date: January 13, 2021
The EU is contributing over €68.6 million to ten projects that will contribute towards the goal of making the transport sector more environmentally efficient as well as improving the safety and sustainability of European rail transport. The projects have been selected under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Blending Facility rolling call, an instrument specifically designed to mix private financing with EU support.
Eight of the projects will deliver key alternative fuels transport (electric, hydrogen and natural gas) for road vehicles, feeding directly into the European Commission’s priority to deliver a greener EU and will realise, among others:
The remaining two projects focus on the second priority of the call and will improve rail transport infrastructure through the support for the installation of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on 407 rail vehicles of the Belgian and French railway companies. ERTMS is a harmonised train command and control system which, once fully implemented across the EU, will allow for seamless cross-border rail travel whilst ensuring safety and efficiency.
The projects were selected for funding via a competitive call for proposals launched on 15 November 2019 in all EU Member States, with multiple cut-off dates. The EU's financial contribution comes in the form of grants to be combined with financing from the Implementing Partners (via a loan, debt, equity or any other repayable form of support). These are the results of the third cut-off of the call. The first cut-off allocated over €70 million to 10 projects and the second cut-off a further €54 million to 5 projects.
Under the CEF Transport programme, €23.4 billion has been made available for grants from the EU’s 2014-2020 budget to co-fund TEN-T projects in the EU Member States. Since 2014, six waves of calls for project proposals have been launched supporting 935 projects for a total amount of €23.1 billion in the transport sector.
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