The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.
CEF Transport focuses on cross-border projects and projects aiming at removing bottlenecks or bridging missing links in various sections of the Core Network and on the Comprehensive Network (link), as well as for horizontal priorities such as traffic management systems.
CEF Transport also supports innovation in the transport system in order to improve the use of infrastructure, reduce the environmental impact of transport, enhance energy efficiency and increase safety.
The 2015 CEF Transport calls were published on 5 November 2015 and closed on 16 February 2016. As highlighted by INEA, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, a total of 427 proposals were received electronically in response to the calls, and all of them were deemed admissible (presented in due time and form). Of these, 406 were declared eligible (meeting all formal criteria requested in the call): 271 under the General call and 135 under the Cohesion call. The 406 eligible proposals were subsequently evaluated by external experts.
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