EIM welcomes the ex-post evaluation of the Trans-European Transport Network programme 2007-2013, as stated in line with Article 30 of Regulation No966/2012 and initiated by the European Commission. It is essential to assess the implementation of projects funded under the TEN-T programme.
EIM strongly believes in the success of TEN-T and the use of grants for an interoperable and interconnected Europe which strengthens the foundation of a Single European Area. To facilitate the implementation of the TEN-T core and comprehensive networks by the given deadlines, it is of utmost importance to secure the use of grants to face the challenges of removing infrastructure bottlenecks and bridging missing infrastructure links, among others.
According to the mid-term evaluation of the TEN-T Programme 2007-2013, the objectives of the Programme are too general to draw any conclusions on the successes of the TEN-T projects during that time. In addition, it has been concluded that some aspects of the Programme need to be improved which requires a revision of the Guidelines and Regulation. Taking this conclusion into account, one should keep in mind that already at the end of 2013, the new Union Guidelines for the adoption for the development of the TEN-T Network were already adopted. Therefore, EIM calls the EC to take into account in this evaluation the lessons drawn and the actions taken already after 2013 to improve the TEN-T Programme.
Regarding the criteria that the ex post evaluation will be based upon, the definition of the effectiveness, which is the correspondence between the effects and the objectives of the TEN-T programme, is not entirely accurate. EIM would like to suggest the correspondence between the appropriateness of project criteria, criteria for awarding projects, suitability of the funding mechanism used and their effects on achieving the objectives of the TEN-T programme. In addition, the EC and INEA will work together to carry out the evaluation of the TEN-T Programme by analysing all relevant economic, financial and technical information. EIM proposes to base the evaluation also by analysing relevant social information. In this context, social refers to social mobility. The TEN-T Programme in some cases have helped to develop European railways so that communities previously isolated have become more mobile, better connected and have achieved greater social mobility. Therefore, EIM believes that social information will contribute to the overall evaluation of the TEN-T Programme.
Finally, EIM supports the evidence-based approach in the evaluation and would like to remark that the projects funded under the TEN-T Programme that will be taken into consideration in the evaluation, should include projects of all transport modes and all scopes relevant to the TEN-T Network. Rail infrastructure managers are committed to contribute to the prospective public consultation and to all following steps regarding the funding of projects under the TEN-T Programme.
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