Freitag, 19.04.2019 01:18 Uhr

Inland ports satisfied with G5 inclusion

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Brussels, 26.03.2019, 13:59 Uhr
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Brussels [ENA] European inland ports today welcomed the 50% co-funding threshold for waterway transport projects that European Parliament and Council have agreed on. It is part of the CEF funding instrument promoting growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment by supporting the development of interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services.

The director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), Turi Fiorito, said the decision for the 2021-2027 period would enable and support inland ports and inland waterways to realize more ambitious projects “not only in order to achieve our climate change commitments but also for Europe to tackle air quality challenges and remain competitive.” The Brussels-based EFIP brings together nearly 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine. The CEF program budget totals €30.4bn including €23.5bn for the transport sector.

EFIP also commended the agreement’s clarification of the cross-border definition to cover inland ports as they supported and enhanced connectivity and trade flows between member states. Also the final agreement included a proposal for increased transparency of the expected objectives and timeline of future tenders since under the current CEF “it was often very unclear when a new call would be announced or what its priorities would be.” Now planning and preparations of projects could be improved. Additionally EFIP expressed satisfaction about the inclusion of inland waterways in the 5G corridors.

In addition to grants, the CEF offers financial support to projects through innovative financial instruments such as guarantees and project bonds. These instruments are meant to create significant leverage in their use of EU budget and should act as a catalyst to attract further funding from the private sector and other public sector actors. The 2019 CEF transport call for proposals was opened for applications in January and closes on 24 April at 5pm Brussels time. The tender makes available €100m of funding for projects addressing two priorities, a comprehensive rail network inter alia improving cross-border sections (€65m) and the reduction of rail freight noise (€35m).

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