The European Climate, Environment and Infrastructure Executive Agency (CINEA) has launched the first CEF Transport call for proposals for 2021-2027, with a budget of EUR 7 billion for projects targeting new, upgraded and improved European transport infrastructure.
The call covers infrastructure projects to sustain the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T, the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure and to facilitate the movement of military troops and assets by improving transport infrastructure.
Three main pillars of the call:
- EUR 5.175 billion for infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T; the projects include railways, inland waterways, maritime and inland ports, roads, rail-road terminals and multimodal logistics platforms, multimodal passenger hubs, smart and interoperable applications for transport, safe and secure mobility, infrastructure resilience;
- EUR 1.575 billion for a new Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Facility implemented through a rolling call until 2023, including electricity fast-charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure on the TEN-T road network;
- EUR 330 million are provided for the adaptation of the TEN-T to dual-use transport infrastructure – the Military Mobility envelope.
The applicants should submit their proposal electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System before 19 January 2022.
Under the Connecting Europe Facility programme, EUR 25.8 billion is available for grants under the 2021-2027 financial framework.
The majority of projects funded under this call will help to increase the sustainability of EU overall transport network, putting the EU on track to meet the European Green Deal objective of cutting transport emissions by 90% by 2050.
The CEF call for proposals supports the European Commission’s vision of sustainable, smart and resilient mobility as part of the strategy presented in December 2020. As the sector recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it must build back better, using the opportunity to further develop sustainable transport modes and technologies and to fully exploit the opportunities offered by digital technologies.
The CEF Transport programme aims at creating an integrated and interconnected European network, focusing on the nine Core Network Corridors and co-finances the projects that enhance multimodality, improve infrastructure and advance innovation and new technologies.