New TEN-T Framework continues to put RIS on the Map

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On 19 October 2011, the European Commission published its proposals for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). These two proposals for EU Regulation consist of a new set of TEN-T guidelines, and a proposal to establish a ‘Connecting Europe Facility’. In its proposal the EC aims to continue RIS implementation support. The proposals identify six multi-modal corridors  with IWT - RIS relevance (see picture). 

Like the current TEN-T programma - 2007-2013 - the EU intends to continue its (co)financial support for RIS implementation in the period 2014-2020. The two new EU proposals for a Regulation are
  • TheTrans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) which consist of a new set of guidelines, which determine the infrastructure of the TEN-T within which projects are identified,
  • To establish a ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ which determines the conditions, methods and procedures for providing EU financial aid to TEN-T. Apart from transport, this also covers energy and telecommunications infrastructure.
The TEN-T guidelines confirm the dual-layer approach with a comprehensive and a core network. The comprehensive network consists of all existing and planned infrastructure meeting the requirements of the guidelines. It is to be in place by 31 December 2050 at the latest. The core network overlays the comprehensive network and consists of its strategically most important parts.
The core network consists of 10 multi-modal corridors and concentrates on those components of TEN-T with the highest European added value: cross border missing links, key bottlenecks and multi-modal nodes such as sea and inland ports. The core network should be ready by 31 December 2030 at the latest and will be implemented through the concept of core network corridors.

Six of the ten nominated multimodal corridors have a connection to inland waterways, thus RIS.   The ten corridors are expected to absorb the major part of the 31.7 billion Euro that is proposed for the period 2014-2020 (10 billion Euro of which is earmarked through the Cohesion Fund).

More information on TEN-T, click
Documents on Connecting Europe Facility (CEF):
- EC Communication on the Connecting Europe Facility
- EC proposal for a Regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility
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