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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Examples of selected projects:

ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System)

Design and equipment of ERTMS for six cross-border sections and three gap closings

The proposed Action relates to the equipment with ETCS of cross-border connections (Denmark, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Austria) and gap closings on five German sections of the TEN Core Network. Over a 4-year period the Action aims at equipping approximately 258 km and designing a further 640 km with a mix of ETCS level 2 and ETCS level 1 limited supervision including the required interlockings. This ERTMS deployment is establishing the basis for end-to-end trafficability along the Corridors.

Total eligible costs: €55 155 403

Requested funding: €26 530 376

Requested EU support: 48.10%

Start date: February 2016

End date: December 2020

Member states concerned: Germany

ERTMS on-board deployment on NS and Arriva fleet

The proposed Action concerns the retrofitting of 234 locomotives (5 different types) with, and the upgrade of 13 TRAXX locomotives to ETCS baseline 3. The locomotives are operating in NL, DE and BE. The Action, which also includes the installation of GSM-R components, is part of the Dutch ERTMS Implementation Plan. The Action is divided into activities based on the locomotive type. It will contribute to the deployment of ERTMS in Netherlands having a positive impact on the safety, interoperability and capacity of their railways.

Total eligible costs: €126 408 200

Requested funding: €45 490 762

Requested EU support: 35.99%

Start date: September 2016

End date: December 2020

Member States concerned: The Netherlands

Innovation

LNG for shipping and logistics in Europe

The Action is a part of a global project, with the main objective to make LNG available for inland shipping and the logistics industry in Europe by the introduction of LNG infrastructure on the Rhine – Alpine Core Network Corridor. The project combines a feasibility study, including a demand analysis and an outline for a wide-scale roll-out of LNG distribution infrastructure in Germany, with a real-life trial including 3 mobile LNG filling stations and two small-scale LNG-terminals in the ports of Duisburg and Mannheim.

Total eligible costs: €11 966 000

Requested funding: €5 983 000

Requested EU support: 50.00%

Start date: March 2016

End date: July 2018

Member States concerned: Germany

 

Safe and secure infrastructure

Expansion of safe truck parking spaces and information systems in Bavaria

The Action covers work and a study that aim at improving traffic safety, security and reliability by reducing Heavy goods vehicles (HGV) parking deficits on major routes along the 4 Corridors of the core TEN-T network passing through Austria and Germany. It will provide information about available parking spaces, build new HGV parking spaces and study possible future extensions of parking places. It will contribute to improve road safety and cargo security.

Total eligible costs: €17 149 430

Requested funding: €4 048 919

Requested EU support: 23.61%

Start date: February 2016

End date: December 2018

Member States concerned: Austria, Germany

 

SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research)

Denmark-Sweden FAB operational harmonization

The Action aims at developing a harmonised operational concept within the Denmark-Sweden Functional Air Block (FAB) and in particular in the three control centres in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Malmo. It serves as a preliminary activity in view of a possible future use of one single system within the FAB to support ‘Free Routing Airspace’ and cross-border operations. In particular, the Action intends to develop and use harmonised best practice in: deployment of ATM system updates; development of common dataset repositories; harmonisation of working methods.

Total eligible costs: €3 590 474

Requested funding: €1 795 240

Requested EU support: 50.00%

Start date: March 2016

End date: December 2020

Member States concerned: Denmark, Sweden

 

RIS (River information services)

Upgrading Flemish RIS Infrastructure

The Flemish TEN-T network of waterways contains about 600 km of waterways located on the North Sea – Mediterranean and other Core Network Corridors. The proposed Action is part of a global project aiming to implement RIS in Flanders. It aims to modernise and adapt RIS to constantly evolving needs and standards. Main activities include: lock planning, adapting RIS applications and improving data quality, and renewing gauges on waterways. The main benefit of the Action will be the improved and extended RIS in Flanders.

Total eligible costs: €2 350 000

Requested funding: €1 175 000

Requested EU support: 50.00%

Start date: February 2016

End date: December 2019

Member States concerned: Belgium

 

Mos (mortorways of the Sea)

Preventing incident and accident by safer ships on the oceans – PICASSO

The global framework where the proposal is placed aims at achieving a modern and developed maritime sector, with a capable and up-to-date work force that enables the sector to become greener, safer and more efficient and sustainable. PICASSO is a study with pilots actions which aims at tackling the challenges and opportunities related to maritime safety and security of on board and on shore operations. PICASSO is organized in four core activities: on-board safe, efficient and secure operations, on-shore safety and security, event management, and training and human factors. PICASSO will provide solutions for improving safety and security conditions in shipping.

Total eligible costs: €10 314 834

Requested funding: €5 157 417

Requested EU support: 50.00%

Start date: May 2016

End date: November 2018

Member States concerned: Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom Belgium

 

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