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New European digital transport projects launched in Tallinn

Creation date: November 9, 2017

European Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc launched 15 projects co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) at the Digital Transport Days in Tallinn today. The projects are expected to develop digital solutions and upgrade the European rail, road, maritime and air transport network. These projects were selected for funding via a competitive call for proposals that will in total invest €2.7 billion in 152 key transport projects across the EU.

"Digitalisation of transport and mobility for passengers and freight will fundamentally change the transport sector. New digital technologies will help to respond to the pressing need to make transport safer, more efficient and sustainable," said Dirk Beckers, Director of the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in his official grant agreement signature ceremony opening speech. INEA will be supervising implementation of all projects launched today throughout their entire lifecycle. 

Three of the funded projects will receive nearly a total of €300 million from the CEF programme to modernise and harmonise the air traffic management system across Europe:

  • 'Deploying a terrestrial European back-up for GNSS (incl. GALILEO) in-line with the European ATM Master Plan' will support modernisation of the German air navigation infrastructure (EU funding: €10.85 million)
  • 'SESAR Deployment Programme implementation 2016 - Cluster 1' will extend the common European digital air traffic management solutions to Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia (EU funding: €7.97 million)
  • Cluster 2 of this project will enhance air traffic management across Europe (EU funding: €261 million)

The CEF programme will support one of the selected projects - NEXT-E - with €18.8 million to develop a network of 250 fast and ultra-fast charging stations along the main roads of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania. The new network is expected to unlock the potential of e-mobility in the region by making possible long-distance travel and border crossing in electric cars.

Three projects will receive over €10 million to deploy the common European rail traffic management system in various EU Member States. The system will make the national rail networks interoperable, as well as increase the safety and reliability of the railway services:

  • 'Sharing of train tracking & ETA information' will improve train arrival estimation based on digital transport solutions (EU funding: €1.43 million)
  • 'Shifting Freight2Rail - Innovative international timetabling process and increased real time track&trace' will develop digital transport solutions that will help put freight on rails (EU funding: €3.99 million)
  • 'Deployment of ETCS Bsl3 L1+L2 on 42 HLE 13 locomotives retrofit action to promote safety and cross-border transport' will install the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on the Belgian network for safer rail transport (EU funding: €5.25 million)

Seven of the EU-supported projects will bring new Member States into the family of C-Roads platform, a pan-European initiative deploying the Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) services for a safer and more efficient road traffic management. The new C-Roads projects will receive in total nearly €38.5 million of CEF funding to develop the ITS services in Wallonia (Belgium), Spain, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

€1.5 million of the CEF Transport funding have been awarded to the upgrade of the Rijeka Port infrastructure in Croatia and modernisation of its operations.

All projects were selected for funding via competitive calls for proposals launched on 13 October 2016. 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.

More information about the CEF Transport programme