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TEN-T Project Management Workshop organised by
TEN-T  Executive Agency on
3 December 2008 in Brussels


TEN-T DAYS 2008, Brussels,
14 & 15 October 2008
Broadcast live on the Internet

- Programme
- Contact 


Community Guidelines

European coordinators


High Level Group I report (Karel Van Miert)

The 30 priority axes



TEN-T Supported Actions

Multiannual Indicative Programme


TEN-T & external dimension


Useful links

Motorways of the Sea


TEN-T priori ty axes & projects 2005

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|Community financing

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Community financing

Terms and conditions on rules on financial aid to the TEN-T

Regulation 2236/95 adopted by the Council of Ministers in 1995 lays down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of Trans-European Networks. This text covers the period 1995 to 1999.

The main terms are as follows:

  • The EU may only fund projects identified in the guidelines (and shown on the maps). 

  • The EU will fund not more than 50% of the cost of preliminary studies (feasibility studies), and 10% of the cost of the work. 

  • The balance must be met out of public or private sector funds. 

  • An environmental impact assessment must have been made for each project. 

  • The project must offer guaranteed financial viability and show an adequate degree of maturity 

  • The project must be consistent with the Union's other policies, notably as regards the environment, competition and the rules on the award of public contracts 

  • Each project must be judged on its merits. 

This regulation was amended by a new text (Regulation 1655/99) adopted in June 1999 by the Council of Ministers and European Parliament. This covers the period 2000-2006. It introduces a number of new features:

  • A multiannual indicative programme to give greater prominence to the EU funding of projects. 

  • The introduction of risk capital for the financial aid given by the Union. 

  • A higher ceiling for Community aid which may now, from 2003, be up to 20% of the total cost of the project in the case of satellite positioning and navigation systems

  • € 4.6 billion will be earmarked for the Trans-European Networks (including telecommunications and energy networks) between now and 2006; the amount to be spent on Trans-European Transport Networks is still to be decided by the European Parliament. It is likely to be around € 4 to 4.2 billion. 

  • At least 55% of funds for TEN-Ts will be given to railway projects and not more than 25% to roads. 

  • The Commission may cancel its financing decisions if the project has not got under way within 2 years.


last update: 16-12-2008