On December 11, the European Commission launched Calls for proposals worth €350 million to finance European transport infrastructure (TEN-T), for projects in all EU Member States and for all transport modes: air, rail, road, maritime and inland waterways. Funded 2012 projects included several successful Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) applications.
Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, commented: “With the 2007-2013 budgetary period coming to an end, we will make the best possible use of these TEN-T Calls for Proposals to make sure European transport infrastructure supports a seamless mobility of goods and people throughout the European Union. I am confident that these calls will elicit great interest throughout the EU, as Member States realise the importance of investing today for tomorrow’s growth and jobs.”
Last year, as part of the TEN-T Annual Call programme, two LNG projects were recommended for funding under priority 2, four LNG projects were funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call as part of the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) programme, and one project was funded under “Priority Projects” category – a total of 7 LNG projects.
The TEN-T multi-annual programme traditionally finances the highest priorities of the TEN-T network. This year’s multi-annual calls, the last ones to be held under the 2007-2013 budget also includes Priority Projects and Motorways of the Sea.
The annual programme complements the multi-annual one and for 2013 includes measures to promote and develop innovative solutions and new technologies in areas such as alternative fuels infrastructure, sustainability of urban mobility, traffic efficiency, decarbonisation, noise reduction, and safety.
The TEN-T Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) manages the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme, under the auspices of Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.
The deadline for the submission of proposals is 11 March 2014.
(Source: European Commission)