What transport projects get EU funding <

Monday 29 Jun 2015 / Gerelateerde tags: Infrastructure TEN-T 

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Commissioner Bulc announced today which TEN-T projects will receive funding. Given the fact the requested funding exceeded 3 times the available budget of 13 BEUR, a lot of grant requests were significantly reduced except for the priority projects. EU funding remains an important resource for Member States to invest in transport infrastructure.

For inland waterway transport infrastructure, the list of selected projects creates good hopes to remove important bottlenecks. There is very positive news for Seine-Scheldt which will get 980 MEUR funding, spread over France and Belgium, clearing the financial hurdles to realise this major cross-border waterway infrastructure.
Divided over a range of projects, the Danube river receives more than 35 MEUR co-financing for fairway and improved navigability works and 100 MEUR for a Danube cross-border bridge in Hungary.
Further funding is foreseen for lifting the bridges on the Albert canal, the Maasroute, canals in Germany incl. the last bottleneck of the Mittellandkanal, and the Po waterway system in Italy.

This amounts to a record amount of 1.15 bn for waterway infrastructure projects in Western Europe and 148 mln in the Cohesion countries. 

Mainly but not exclusively, lock projects will receive less funding or no funding at all. The lock of Terneuzen is to receive substantially less funding than requested, while the Beatrix and Eefden locks in the Netherlands, the Elbe lock in the Czech Republic as well as the locks on the Moselle and the Upper Rhine obtain no EU funding. The Commission refers to budgetary constraints, missing elements or lack of maturity in other cases. For the Elbe, there are also uncertainties about the environmental impact assessment. But the EC also takes the view that locks can generate revenue and are therefore candidates for financial instruments.

With regard to River Information Services, three projects are proposed for funding up to 11.5 mln covering Belgium, Hungary and Italy.

Among the innovation projects, Watertruck+, the information platform of Upper Rhine Ports and an LNG deployment project have been selected for a total amount of 33.5 mln.

Finally, multimodal development projects in the inland ports Cologne in Germany, Giurgiu in Romania and in the Swedish Mälären region have been selected.

All-in-all, ca. 10% of the CEF budget of 13.1 bn is allocated to inland waterways and inland ports.

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