The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The CEF is a unique European funding programme set up to support the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficient interconnected trans-European networks in energy, telecommunications and transport.
The CEF – which makes €30.4 billion availble in grants and financial instruments – aims to contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy, by boosting investments to stimulate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also aims to enable the European Union to reach its sustainable development targets by 2020.
Nearly three years after its launch in January 2014, the CEF will be evaluated for its its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value in achieving its objectives.
A key element of this evaluation is a consultation open to the public which will not only help to assess the various aspects of the programme, but also shape its future. The survey addresses both the general objectives of the CEF as well as the specific objectives set for each of its three sectors.
In the field of transport, the CEF makes available €24.04 billion to co-fund TEN-T projects. The trans-European transport network (TEN-T) is aimed at contributing to the creation of a single European transport area that is efficient and sustainable, increases the benefits for its users and supports inclusive growth. It comprises a comprehensive and a core network. The TEN-T Guidelines (Regulation 1315/2013) define projects of common interest eligible for CEF funding.
CEF transport objectives include the removal of bottlenecks and enhanced rail interoperability, the promotion of sustainable and efficient transport systems, as well as the integration and interconnection of transport modes.
The public consultation will close on 27 February 2017.
For further details, contact us on: