CEF: what are the investment priorities ?

January 15, 2015

Hat: CEF: what are the investment priorities ?

Funding Scheme: 2015-01-15

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

Amorce:

The Commission juts annouced the CEF top priorities for 2030.

Text:

The European Commission has published nine studies on the state of play and the development needs of the TEN-T core network corridors. The studies have identified infrastructure development needs which represent approximately €700 billion of financial investment until 2030. They highlight the importance of optimising the use of infrastructure along the corridors, notably through intelligent transport systems, efficient management and the promotion of future-oriented clean transport solutions. This is the first time that tens of thousands kilometres of rail, road, inland waterway connections, ports, airports and other transport terminals have been studied in such a comprehensive way and with a common methodology.

For each Trans-European Transport corridor, which is led by a European Coordinator, a team of external experts has undertaken a comprehensive study. They analysed the current infrastructure status, located problems hampering traffic flows for passengers and freight, and identified action to be undertaken from now to 2030. The results of these studies are available here. They include preliminary lists of projects which aim at completing cross-border and other missing links, removing bottlenecks, inter-connecting transport modes and enhancing interoperability – notably for railway traffic.

Next steps: The results of these studies will be taken into account when deciding on the allocation of EU funds for the period 2014 – 2020, under the Connecting Europe Facility. In particular, the “project pipeline” resulting from these corridor studies constitutes an important source for the € 315 billion European Investment Plan, which was published by the Commission in November 2014. In this context, the Commission also mandated the former Vice-President of the European Commission, Henning Christophersen, as well as the European Coordinators Kurt Bodewig and Carlo Secchi to identify concrete TEN-T projects which are suitable for contributing to the new investment plan. They published an interim report and presented their approach to the EU Transport Ministers at the Transport Council on 3 December 2014.

In Spring 2015, each European Coordinator for his/her respective corridor, will submit a corridor work plan to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. These work plans will guide the future corridor development. They build on the studies published today, and they will be subject to approval by the Member States directly involved.

The Christophersen – Bodewig –Secchi Group will present their final report also in Spring 2015.

Background

The core network will connect:
94 main European ports with rail and road links38 key airports with rail connections into major cities15,000 km of railway line upgraded to high speed35 cross-border projects to reduce bottlenecks

This will be the economic lifeblood of the single market, allowing a real free flow of goods and people around the EU.

Url description: European Commission press

Url: The European Commission has published nine studies on the state of play and the development needs of the TEN-T core network corridors. The studies have identified infrastructure development needs which represent approximately €700 billion of financial inv