EU puts €6.2B in Transport Infrastructure

The European Commission has announced the selection of 107 transport infrastructure projects that will receive over €6 billion in EU grants from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This funding is part of the EU’s strategic investment in transport infrastructure and will contribute to the development of a more efficient, sustainable, and technologically advanced network of railways, inland waterways, and maritime routes across the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network. Over 80% of the funding will be allocated to projects that align with these objectives.

Among the prioritised projects are major cross-border rail connections along the core network of the TEN-T. Notable examples include the Brenner Base tunnel, which will link Italy and Austria, Rail Baltica, connecting the Baltic States and Poland with the rest of Europe, and the Emmerich–Oberhausen cross-border section between Germany and the Netherlands. These projects aim to improve connectivity and facilitate smoother transportation across borders.

In addition, maritime ports in several European countries, including Ireland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland, will receive funding to develop on-shore power supply infrastructure. This investment will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from moored vessels, contributing to the transition towards greener maritime transportation.

The modernisation of infrastructure along the Seine-Scheldt cross-border waterways between France and Belgium is also part of the selected projects. This initiative aims to make inland waterway transport more sustainable and future-proof. Upgrades to inland ports located in the Danube and Rhine basins, such as Vienna and Andernach, are also planned to enhance their efficiency and capabilities.

Furthermore, the EU grants will support the installation of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on trains and railway lines in Czechia, Denmark, Germany, France, Austria, and Slovakia. This will improve safety and interoperability within the European rail transport system. Additionally, several EU member states will deploy Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) on roads, including cooperative ITS (C-ITS), to enhance the safety and efficiency of transportation. The projects also aim to increase the efficiency of European air traffic management and foster the creation of a Single European Sky.

Overall, the EU grants allocated through the CEF will play a significant role in advancing the development of sustainable and interconnected transport infrastructure across Europe. These investments will contribute to a more environmentally friendly and technologically advanced transport network, enhancing connectivity and facilitating smoother movement of goods and people.

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