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Raad stemt in met richtlijnen voor de ontwikkeling van een trans-Europees transportnetwerk (en)

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op donderdag 5 december 2013.


Brussels, 5 December 2013 (OR. en) PRESSE 531

Council adopts the guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

Today's Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council adopted new guidelines defining a long-term strategy for the development of a complete trans-European transport network (T-T), consisting of infrastructure for railways, maritime and air transport, roads and inland waterways (42/13 + ADD1 + ADD2 + ADD3 + ADD4 + ADD5 + ADD6 + ADD7 + ADD8; statements: ADD1)

The new regulation, which replaces the current guidelines adopted in 1996, amended in 2004 and updated in 2010, introduces in particular a new double-layer structure distinguishing between a core network to be put into place as a priority and a comprehensive network to be completed later on

The guidelines lay down the requirements for the management of the infrastructure and the priorities for the development of the T-T network, which is designed to cover all member states and regions as well as all transport modes

The guidelines set out the framework for identifying projects of common interest contributing to the development of the network. The aim is to tackle the main problems encountered: missing links, in particular at cross-border sections, infrastructure disparities between and within member states, insufficient multi-modal connections, greenhouse gas emissions from transport and inadequate interoperability

The financial envelope provided for T-T for 2014-2020 under the Connecting Europe Facility (76/13) is EUR 26 250 582 000, including EUR 11 305 500 000 to be transferred from the Cohesion Fund

The T-T regulation covers issues such as:

–           the binding deadline of 2030 for the completion of the core network and an

aspirational deadline of 2050 for the comprehensive network;

–           the concept of corridors as an instrument for the implementation of the core

network, stressing, in particular, the multi-modal character of the corridors, with special emphasis on Motorways of the Seas, and the priority to be given to crossborder sections; moreover, coordination between the core network corridors and the existing rail freight corridors needs to be ensured, and a Corridor Forum will be established as a consultative body;

–           exemptions from the core network infrastructure requirements for railways, as

regards the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and line electrification, and for inland waterways, with respect to draught and minimum height under bridges;

–           an evaluation, to be carried out by the Commission when reviewing the

implementation of the core network, to assess whether new sections should be included in the core network;

–           involvement of public and private stakeholders, including local and regional

authorities and local civil society, in the planning and implementation of projects;

–           the reporting obligations of the member states and the Commission;

–           changes to the maps indicating the layout of the comprehensive and core

networks; the alignment of the core network corridors will be included in the annexes to the Connecting Europe Facility regulation, the future funding instrument for the trans-European energy, telecommunications and transport networks

The act adopted today corresponds to the European Parliament's first-reading position, which reflects the compromise reached between the Council and the Parliament


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