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Sustainable transport: €7 billion available for key infrastructure projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

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Today the Commission launches a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport. Over €7 billion is available for projects targeting new, upgraded and improved European transport infrastructure on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), which involve  rail, inland waterways, maritime or inland ports, or roads. The projects selected for funding will help the EU deliver on its climate objectives.

Projects bolstering the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes, set up to facilitate Ukraine’s exports and imports, will also be eligible. For the first time, entities from Ukraine and Moldova can apply directly for EU funding with this call, since the signature of the CEF Association Agreements with the two countries earlier this year. 

Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “This call for proposals will be the largest in terms of available budget under the 2021-2027 Connecting Europe Facility. We are making available over €7 billion for projects that will support a smart and sustainable transport system, with a strong focus on cross-border projects between Member States. These challenging times have also reinforced the importance of having a strong transport network of railways, inland waterways and maritime routes which will increase our industry’s competitiveness, bring citizens closer together, and anchor Ukraine and Moldova firmly into the EU.”  

Infrastructure projects funded under this call will improve safety and interoperability within the EU transport network. The call also covers projects improving the resilience of transport infrastructure against natural disasters. These investments will strengthen connectivity to bolster the competitiveness of the internal market for both passengers and freight, for higher quality of life and lower emissions.  

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals by 30 January 2024. Further information is available online.  

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