In the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program, the 2016 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals have been launched on October 13th 2016.
The CEF programme represents a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through investments on essential infrastructures at European level, between 2014 and 2020.
All EU Member States can apply for EUR 0.8 billion of this tranche, while EUR 1.1. billion is reserved for the countries which are eligible for cohesion funding.
Applicants have until 7th February 2017 to submit proposals, which will be evaluated and finalized by summer 2017.
“The EU supports over 460 project across the territory of the Member States contributing to better mobility and connectivity ” said Violeta Bulc, Transport Commissioner.
A significant innovation of this year’s calls is represented by a new specific priority. For the first time, indeed, a specific priority (provided for with EUR 110 million) addresses smaller cross-border projects, located on the comprehensive network, which shall help bringing regions closer together and enhancing their accessibility. This new priority has been widely welcomed by Michael Cramer, Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament, who believes that such an initiative could be a countermeasure for the current underinvestment in many smaller cross-border section. According to Cramer, the new Commission initiative to scale up support for smaller cross-border projects will “help develop local and regional transport infrastructure stimulating development of border regions”.
To find out more about the new CEF calls, read the official INEA webpage