Rail wins the largest share of CEF2 funding

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The Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) will allocate EUR 5.4 billion under the CEF 2 of which 80%, representing EUR 4.2 billion, will be delivered for rail infrastructure projects including the installation of the ERTMS and inland waterways. ERTMS won a European co-financing of EUR 350 million.

135 proposals were selected out of 399 applications submitted under the CEF Transport calls that closed on 19 January 2022.

The funding will support post-pandemic economic recovery in all EU Member States while also contributing to the construction of missing transport links across the continent, supporting sustainable transport, improving safety and interoperability, and creating jobs

The projects selected are situated on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and covers rail infrastructure projects including terminals and rail connections, and the ERTMS deployment, as well as projects covering road, inland waterways, short-sea shipping routes, ports and airports that links the EU’s Member States and beyond. The Commission’s objective is to complete the TEN-T core network by 2030 and the comprehensive network by 2050, while also ensuring that its infrastructure helps the EU deliver its climate objectives, as set out in the European Green Deal.

The funding will improve Europe’s missing infrastructure links and will make transport more sustainable and efficient, increase safety and interoperability, as well as create jobs. These challenging times have reinforced the importance of our EU transport sector and of having a seamless, well connected infrastructure network,”EU Commissioner for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean said.

Rail infrastructure projects include Fehmarn Belt tunnel between Denmark and Germany, Rail Baltica, the construction of high-speed railway lines, the construction of rail links to the terminals and transhipment terminals – such the onea near Košice.

Under the CEF Transport programme for the period 2021-2027, EUR 25.8 billion are available for grants to co-fund TEN-T projects in the EU Member States. The first CEF 2 Call had an indicative budget of EUR 5.145 billion. The number of the selected projects do not include the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility and Military Mobility calls, which have been launched at the same time but evaluated separately.


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