Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

TEN-T Regulation gets green light by Member States

Creation date: March 23, 2012

European ministers for transport reached an agreement on Thursday 22 March on the proposed Regulation for Guidelines for Trans-European Networks (TEN-T), a legislative instrument which will aid in removing cross-border bottlenecks, upgrading infrastructure and streamlining cross-border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU.


The new guidelines divide Europe's transport infrastructure in:

  • A Core Network, to be completed by 2030 and featuring high technical standards such as ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) and Intelligent Transport Systems for roads and other modes of transport. The core network will consist of 10 major pan-European transport corridors, each chaired by a European coordinator.
  • A Comprehensive Network, to be completed by 2050, which will complement the core network and ensure full coverage of even the remotest areas of the European Union.


Both the comprehensive as well as the core network include all transport modes: road, rail, air, inland waterways and maritime transport, as well as intermodal platforms.

The core network will connect, upon its completion in 2030:

  • 86 main European ports with rail and road links
  • 37 key airports with rail connections into major cities
  • 15,000 km of railway line upgraded to high speed
  • 35 major cross-border projects to reduce bottlenecks

The next step in the legislative process will be approval by the European Parliament in first reading, currently foreseen for early 2013.  This could lead to the final text being adopted within the first half of 2013.


To consult all the material available regarding the new TEN-T Guidelines, please visit DG MOVE's website (