Cohesion Funds for transport and the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’

October 18, 2011

On 19 October, the European Commission’s transport department will publish details of its ‘Connecting Europe Facility’, a rebranded version of its funding programme for Trans-European Networks for Transport which directly funds transport infrastructure projects that are seen as strategically important by the EU.

In the context of the new 70% reduction target for transport GHG emissions, it is time to re-examine TEN-T projects and cohesion funded transport projects. In the past they have failed to deliver environmental benefits and cohesion funding has heavily focused on carbon intensive modes of transport such as new roads and airports while discouraging user-pays infrastructure such as rail and toll roads.

A major rethink of EU policy for transport funding is needed. Read more from our briefing

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