The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposal, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.
“The new Connecting Europe Facility is at the heart of European transport. It will deliver on connectivity, accelerate the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the EU’s economy and create synergies between the transport, energy and digital infrastructure. Above all it will allow the EU to complete its core transport network by 2030, which is the backbone of the single market, supporting the needs of logistic operators and passengers,” Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc said.
The new programme will enable the European Union to lead the way to climate neutrality in line with our A Clean Planet for all proposal and support infrastructure for safe, clean, secure and connected mobility, as proposed by the Commission in the Europe on the Move package. It will also prioritise environmentally friendly modes such as rail and the development of charging points for vehicles using alternative fuels. By making energy systems better interconnected, smarter and safer, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will help complete the Energy Union and support the clean energy transition. This will enable Europe to remain frontrunner in the clean energy transition in line with the Juncker Commission’s political priority to become the world leader in renewable energy.
In June 2018, the European Commission proposed a EUR 42.3 billion financing under the next CEF framework. The proposal envisages EUR 30.6 billion for the European transport infrastructure networks, EUR 8.7 billion for energy and EUR 3 billion for digital sector.
This proposal represents a 47% increase compared to 2014-2020. EUR 23.5 billion is available for grants from the EU’s 2014-2020 budget to co-fund TEN-T projects in EU Member States.