Better chances for improving waterway infrastructure <

Thursday 16 Jan 2014 / Gerelateerde tags: Infrastructure Policy EU CEF 

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With the new Connecting Europe Facility, the EU aims to create a core network of transport infrastructure spanning across Europe to enable goods and people to move swiftly. This core network includes major infrastructure essential for the EU internal market including waterways and ports. It is to be completed by 2030. From a 2014-2020 budget of 26 billion for transport, almost 85% will be spent to clear bottlenecks in 9 multi-modal corridors and other priorities such as innovative & sustainable technology and full deployment of intelligent transport incl. River Information Services (RIS).

How the new policy will help to create better waterway infrastructure

There are 3 important changes INE relentlessly advocated for and have been adopted in the new EU infrastructure legislation:

  • More priority to waterway development: all ≥ 4 waterways are part of the core network and the major waterways are now part of EU priority transport corridors
  • Better integration in the overall transport network via ports and access infrastructure, river information services and innovative freight transport service actions
  • Higher co-financing for waterway projects, so it becomes more attractive for Member States to invest in waterways. When EU co-financing was at 10% in 2000-2006, only 1.5% of the EU transport infrastructure budget went to waterways; when co-financing doubled to 20% in 2007-2013, 10% of the EU transport infrastructure budget went to waterways. With maximum co-financing rates up to 40%, we expect more investment.

 Cofinancing Rates

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The new EU regulations on Trans-European networks and Connecting Europe Facility lay down the priorities for EU waterway investment in the coming years.