Our new Public Portal provides a comprehensive overview on the European Commission's work in relation to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and aims to raise citizens' awareness of the benefits of the TEN-T policy development.

What is the TEN-T policy and programme and who is responsible?

A well-running transport infrastructure is essential to maintaining the European Union's competitiveness and wealth. Its 28 Member States currently have five million km of paved roads, more than 215,000 km of rail lines and 41,000 km of navigable inland waterways.

The TEN-T policy supports the completion of 30 Priority Projects, representing high European added value, as well as projects of common interest and traffic management systems that will play a key role in facilitating the mobility of goods and passengers within the EU.

The TEN-T Programme has a budget of €8.013 billion for the current 2007-2013 spending framework. Multi-annual and annual work programmes set the specific objectives and priorities to be met. The budget for the Multi-Annual Programme, which targets the highest priorities of the TEN-T including the 30 Priority Projects as well as the horizontal priorities, represents 80-85% of the total available through the TEN-T Programme for the period 2007-2013.

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) defines the TEN-T policy, monitors and controls the overall programme execution. The TEN-T Executive Agency turns it into action by managing the individual TEN-T projects on behalf of the European Commission. This direct management approach has resulted in fewer delays and more influence on the projects themselves.

The transport ministries of the Member States remain fully involved in their TEN-T projects, because of their strategic importance also on national level. Often national implementing bodies are charged with carrying-out the construction.