The European Commission has launched the second CEF2 transport call for proposals under which EUR 5.12 billion are available for projects targeting new upgraded and improved European transport infrastructure. The applicants should submit their proposal electronically before 18 January 2023 and grant agreements will be signed within 9 months after the submission deadline.
Projects funded under this call will help to increase the sustainability of the transport network, putting the EU on track to meet the European Green Deal objective of cutting transport emissions by 90% by 2050. In addition, the projects should create a smart and resilient mobility and to contribute to the development of the sustainable transport modes and to fully exploit digital technologies.
The budget will support the infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T networks with railways as a priority including the modernisation and development of rail-road terminals, multimodal logistics platforms and multimodal passenger transport hubs. The funding will also support projects that cover inland waterways and maritime and inland ports, road safety, and areas such as a safe and secure mobility, smart and interoperable applications for transport and infrastructure resilience.
The EU needs an efficient and interconnected multimodal transport system for both passengers and freight. This includes an affordable, reliable and performing rail network, an enhanced inland waterways navigation and infrastructure in maritime ports, a balanced interconnection between different modes of transport and an increased automation and interoperability for greater efficiency and safety of the transport network.
The first CEF2 transport call for proposals was launched in September 2021 with a EUR 7 billion budget to support the projects under the general, Cohesion and Military Mobility envelopes. The submitted projects requested EUR 14.5 billion. Following the CINEA’s evaluations, EUR 5.4 billion have been allocated to 135 projects, 75 of which are related to rail infrastructure, ERTMS deployment and rail-road terminals. With a funding of EUR 4.2 billion, railway transport received the largest CEF funding share.
The Connecting Europe Facility has a total budget of EUR 25.6 billion until 2027 for transport projects on the TEN-T.