More than €320m is being put aside for improving transport infrastructure across Europe as part of the last calls of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme.
The European Commission has selected 52 projects from the 2013 Multi-Annual Call and the 54 from the 2013 Annual Call will use the EU’s financial support to bring forward the completion of the TEN-T network as well as studying innovative ways of reducing the transport sector’s carbon footprint.
Siim Kallas, vice president, EC, said: “I am very happy to see that over one hundred new projects will take off thanks to EU financial support under the 2013 TEN-T Calls.”
“These key projects with European added value will contribute to delivering a complete transport network supporting seamless mobility of goods and people throughout the European Union,” he added.
The 2013 Multi-Annual Call provides €230m of funding to 52 projects focusing on five modal areas: Air Traffic Management, European Rail Traffic Management System, Intelligent Transport Systems, Motorways of the Sea and Priority Projects.
Fifty-four projects covering the different modes of transport but also focusing on the decarbonisation of transport are granted the remaining €90.7m in two main priority areas: Priority one for studies concerning the facilitation of the implementation of TEN-T projects, and Priority two for measures to promote innovation and new technologies for transport infrastructure and facilities contributing to decarbonisation or the reduction of the external costs in general.
The projects will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).