CEF-Transport stands for Connecting Europe Facility Transport and focuses on connecting and improving the transport network within Europe. A Trans European Network for Transport (TEN-T) has been developed for this purpose (TENtec Interactive Map Viewer). This network includes the transport routes by road, rail, waterway (inland waterway and sea) and air. The TEN-T network has two categories: the core network and the comprehensive network. Grants are available for both networks.
CEF-T works with a three-year programma:
- Three years in a row, the same topics from the same annual infrastructure programme;
- In addition, there is a call for infrastructure for alternative fuels that also runs for three years.
CEF-T distinguishes between three different budgets that all work in accordance with the above-mentioned three-year programme:
- General programme for all EU countries
- Cohesion fund for activities on the periphery of Europe
- Military mobility (dual use)
Target groups CEF – Transport
CEF-T is mainly interesting to two Dutch groups:
- Governments and engineering agencies
Development of the core and comprehensive network is mainly important for governments and network managers, both centralised and decentralised. These governments will often have to bring in external knowledge during the preparatory stage, which may be of interest to engineering agencies.
- Companies in transport and alternative fuel supply
This means that the CEF-T is of interest to public transport companies, private transport companies, developers and providers of alternative fuels and private service providers that contribute to the improvement of the European transport network (e.g. safe parking places, ICT systems).
Conditions, characteristics and figures
- CEF Transport has over €25,81 billion available from 2021 to 2027 to support projects in the EU. Of this, €11,29 billion is reserved for applicants from the cohesion countries. Applicants from all EU member states can make use of the remaining part.
- Large projects are especially welcomed (> € 1 million grant)
- Project types and percentages:
- Studies or study projects with pilot activities. These are projects that prepare for large-scale implementation projects, so-called works. These projects receive a grant of up to 50% of the project costs.
- Implementation projects. These receive grant percentages of up to 30% of the project costs. Cross-border projects receive a maximum of 50%.
- For projects from cohesion countries, the grant percentage can rise to a maximum of 85%. For projects for the outermost regions (a number of non-Dutch overseas territories) the maximum is 70%.
- Military mobility implementation projects (dual use) receive a grant rate of up to 50% of project costs.
The first annual call of the 2021-2023 work programme runs from 16 September 2021 to 19 January 2022. For the Netherlands, the application should be ready to be submitted on 10 January 2022, so that the Ministry can formally approve it. For other countries, earlier dates may apply for the national authority to receive the application in order to grant approval.
Projects are ranked according to scores for the following criteria:
- Priority and urgence
- Catalytic effect that EU funding can bring about
Examples of projects granted by CEF-T
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