€160 million for TEN-T infratructure projects

The European Commission announced today the projects selected to receive over €160 million in EU co-financing from the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme to continue improving transport infrastructure across the EU. The 26 selected projects will use the EU's financial support to speed up the implementation of important priorities of the TEN-T Programme in order to contribute to delivering a safe, competitive and efficient transport infrastructure network.

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, noted: "Once more the European Commission makes significant funding available from its TEN-T programme to boost transport infrastructure in the European Union. I am very proud to give the green light today to these projects which will not only positively affect the lives of our citizens in the near future, but which will also widen the basis of the EU's future transport infrastructure for years to come."

The 2011 Multi-Annual Programme Call granted €161.3 million in total funding and aimed to finance the highest priorities of the TEN-T network, focusing on three fields:

Motorways of the Sea (MoS - TEN-T Priority Project 21), providing viable alternatives for congested roads by shifting freight to sea routes – 7 projects selected, €47.8 million in funding
River Information Services (RIS), involving traffic management infrastructure on the inland waterway network – 4 projects selected, €10.2 million in funding
European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) – 15 projects selected, €103.3 million in funding

The TEN-T Executive Agency, which is entrusted with the financial and project management of the TEN-T programme, received 47 eligible proposals. 26 of these were selected, after a meticulous selection procedure, as the ones best meeting the criteria set out in the 2011 Multi-Annual Call, which was published on 28 June 2011.

The selected projects, whose objectives range from improving viable, regular and reliable sea-based transport services in Motorways of the Sea to equipping trains and lines with the most advanced version of ERTMS, involve 21 Member States. The grants will also help to mobilise substantial public and private financing.

The projects will be managed by the TEN-T Executive Agency, under the parentage of Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.