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1 Directorate general for Energy and Transport European Commission 2 June 2004 Development of trans-European transport network in the enlarged EU Edgar Thielmann, DG TREN “Trans-European Networks and technological development”,

2 Directorate general for Energy and Transport2 What is the trans-European transport network? The lifeblood of the Union’s transport system The trans-European transport network (TEN-T) comprises roads, railways, airports, seaports, inland waterways and ports, and traffic management systems which: serve the entire continent carry international traffic bring the geographical and economic areas of the Union closer together The trans-European network «label» is assigned to existing or planned transport routes. These sections can then be built with EU financial support to harmonised standards. Community financial support

3 Directorate general for Energy and Transport3 Why a trans-European transport network? An instrument to channel investment into European projects >The guidelines provides a common reference framework which enables coordinated Community and national investments. >It helps to channel Community funding (TEN budget, cohesion funs, ERDF) into projects with high European added value. >The network serves a reference for other Community legislation (rail interoperability directives, week end bans).

4 Directorate general for Energy and Transport4 TEN-T guidelines and financing l New TEN-T guidelines (Decision 1692/96/EC) adopted on 21 April l TEN-T financing rules (EC Regulation 2236/95) modified and due to enter into force in the coming months l Based on the report of the High Level Group l Part of a comprehensive strategy: growth initiative, financial perspectives l White Paper on European transport policy for 2010: time to decide

5 Directorate general for Energy and Transport5 Policy context of the TEN-T revision l Enlargement 1st May 2004 l Higher requirements for modal rebalancing and intermodality l Sustainable mobility l Growth initiatives to stimulate economy l Strengthen the internal market dynamics

6 Directorate general for Energy and Transport6 Evaluation of the past l Progress mainly on domestic sections l 50 % of the rail network not completed in 2010 l 36 % of investments decided in 1994 in Essen are carried out l Delays primarily affect trans-national links and their cross-border sections l Main problems: opening up to competition of networks taking longer than expected, difficult cross-border co-ordination, scarce funding

7 Directorate general for Energy and Transport7 Investments in transport infrastructure in % GDP AustriaBelgiumDenmark Finland FranceGermany GreeceIreland ItalyLuxembourg NetherlandsPortugal SpainSwedenUK

8 Directorate general for Energy and Transport8 Enlargement Traffic volumes and share of international traffic to grow rapidly By 2020: EU15 70% EU %

9 Directorate general for Energy and Transport9 Three building blocks l Priority projects l Organisational means to facilitate co-ordination l Financial framework

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11 Directorate general for Energy and Transport11 Consolidated list of projects of special interest for Central and East Europe” Project 6: Rail Axis Lyon–Trieste/ Koper– Ljubljana–Budapest- Ukrainian border Project 7: Motorway axis Igoumenitsa/Patra- Athina-Sofia–Budapest Project 15: European GNSS (Galileo/EGNOS) Project 17: Rail axis Paris–Strasbourg– Stuttgart–Wien–Bratislava

12 Directorate general for Energy and Transport12 Consolidated list of projects of special interest for Central and East Europe” Project 18: Rhine-Main-Danube inland waterway route Project 22: Rail axis Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart- Vienna-Bratislava Project 23: Rail axis Gdansk-Warshaw- Brno/Bratislava-Vienna Project 25: Gdansk-Brno/Bratislava-Vienna

13 Directorate general for Energy and Transport13 Organisational means Two new instruments:  Declaration of European Interest (Article 19a)  European Co-ordinators (Article 17a)

14 Directorate general for Energy and Transport14 The Declaration of European interest l Concentration of TEN budget and financial structural instruments as far as possible l Obligation for Member States to co-ordinate evaluation procedures before planning permission and to carry out one trans-national enquiry for cross-border sections l Obligation for Member States to carry out ex-post evaluation l Possibility of losing the status in the case of unjustified delays

15 Directorate general for Energy and Transport15 European Co-ordinators l Advise project promoters on financing and evaluation methods l Report on an annual basis on progress and obstacles l Dialogue with operators and users, including network operation issues l Are appointed, according to the needs, for individual project or group of projects l Are appointed by the Commission after consultation with the Member States concerned

16 Directorate general for Energy and Transport16 Three sources of financing l National budget l Community budget l Users

17 Directorate general for Energy and Transport17 Financial framework: investment needs € 225 billion until 2020

18 Directorate general for Energy and Transport18 Project 18: Rhine-Main-Danube inland waterway route l The Rhine-Main-Danube corridor is a major freight route connecting the North Sea (port of Rotterdam) to the Black Sea (in particular the port of Constanta). l Several sections of this waterway pose navigability problems.

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20 Directorate general for Energy and Transport20 The main sections where works are necessary are: Rhine-Meuse with a lock to Lanay (2019) Vilshofen-Straubing (2013) Wien-Bratislava (2015) Palkovicovo-Mohacs (in Hungary-2014) Bottlenecks in Romania and Bulgaria (2011) Total estimated cost: m€ Remaining investments: m€ Project 18: Rhine-Main-Danube inland waterway route

21 Directorate general for Energy and Transport21 Project 18: Expected Results The project will: l improve the competitiveness of the waterway l in the long term increase the overall capacity of the route by around 30% (5 billion tonnes-kilometres of freight could be transferred, each year, to waterways) l may significantly reduce transport costs per tonne of freight, in the order of 20-30%. The joint development of technology such as the RIS (River Information System) is also a priority. This system may improve the management of inland waterway traffic the services offered to transport operators.

22 Directorate general for Energy and Transport22 Further information l DG Energy and Transport l White Paper on Transport l TENs


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