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Streamlining the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)

Streamlining the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)

Streamlining the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)
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The common transport policy was created already by the Treaty of Rome of 1957 with the goal of creating a common market and the reinforcement of economic and links between the Member States. It has been gradually developed to include an infrastructural component aiming at connecting the MS, their citizens and economies via modern and interoperable connections. Nowadays, the single EU market with four freedoms of movement for goods, persons and services can only prosper if it is linked by up-to-date and efficient infrastructure. Consequently the Trans-European Networks (TEN) policy comprises three main elements – transport links (TEN-T), energy connections (TEN-E) and networks for telecommunications.

Experience with the implementation of the TEN-T projects shows that their effective implementation might be impacted by complex regulatory and administrative arrangements. This, in certain cases, might contribute to increased costs, delays and uncertainty.

The complexity of procedures sometimes stems from unclear or contradictory requirements or processes which result in duplication of efforts. In addition, imprecise legislation or regulatory framework can lead to sub-optimal investment decisions (e.g. in-house investments versus public private partnership), while legal uncertainty can deter private investment in projects.

This consultation aims at gathering the input of the general public and stakeholders as regards the main problems and proposed solutions for facilitating the implementation of the TEN-T projects.


Consultation period

This consultation will last for 14 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 9 November 2017 at the very latest.


Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to participate in this consultation.

The consultation can be of particular interest to local, regional and national public authorities and public contracting entities that procure road transport vehicles and contracts involving such vehicles.   



Contributions set 1

Contributions set 2 (after minor correction in the questionnaire)

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Background documents

The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission has recently carried out a Study on permitting and facilitating the preparation of TEN-T core network projects to identify barriers in the regulatory and administrative procedures to effective and efficient planning and implementation of TEN-T core network projects. The study recommended addressing these barriers, including by improving the permitting environment for TEN-T projects.

A work plan has be drawn up for each corridor that will set out the current status of its infrastructure, a schedule for removing physical, technical, operational and administrative bottlenecks, and an overview of the financial resources (EU, international, national, regional and local; public and private). The second generation of the work plans of the 11 European Coordinators were approved in December 2016. They establish the basis for action until 2030.

All other information about TEN-T and its objectives can be found here:


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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.