On the 15th of January the European Commission (EC) completed the studies that identify the infrastructure priorities and investment needs for the Trans-European Transport Network until 2030.
The EC has published nine studies on the state of play and the development needs of the TEN-T core network corridors. The studies have identified infrastructure development needs which represent approximately €700 billion of financial investment until 2030. They highlight the importance of optimising the use of infrastructure along the corridors, notably through intelligent transport systems, efficient management and the promotion of future-oriented clean transport solutions. This is the first time that tens of thousands kilometres of rail, road, inland waterway connections, ports, airports and other transport terminals have been studied in such a comprehensive way and with a common methodology.
The results of these studies will be taken into account when deciding on the allocation of EU funds for the period 2014 – 2020, under the Connecting Europe Facility. In particular, the “project pipeline” resulting from these corridor studies constitutes an important source for the € 315 billion European Investment Plan, which was published by the Commission in November 2014. In this context, the Commission also mandated the former Vice-President of the European Commission, Henning Christophersen, as well as the European Coordinators Kurt Bodewig and Carlo Secchi to identify concrete TEN-T projects which are suitable for contributing to the new investment plan. They published an interim report and presented their approach to the EU Transport Ministers at the Transport Council on 3 December 2014.
Read the whole EC Press release here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-3341_en.htm.
The Corridor studies can be accessed through the European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/ten-t-guidelines/corridors/corridor-studies_en.htm.
In the study on the Mediterranean Corridor the CLYMA Project is referred to as a reference point following its publication of the Demand Study. Therewith CLYMA’s work is recognized in the larger view of the Mediterranean Corridor.