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:
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:
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 (http://ec.europa.eu/transport/infrastructure/revision-t_en.htm).