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EU invests 6.2 billion euros in more efficient, sustainable and smarter transport infrastructure

September 8, 2023

The European Commission today announced the approval of 107 transport infrastructure projects that will receive more than 6 billion euros in EU grants from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The investments aim to create a more efficient, sustainable and intelligent transport network throughout the EU.

More than 80 percent of the funding will support projects that improve rail, road and maritime infrastructure. These include:

  • The construction of the Brenner Base Tunnel, which will connect Italy and Austria and reduce travel time between the two countries.
  • The construction of Rail Baltica, a railway that will connect the three Baltic states to Poland and the rest of Europe.
  • The improvement of shore power supply for ships berthed in ports in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland.
  • The modernization of infrastructure along the cross-border Seine-Scheldt waterways between France and Belgium.
  • The installation of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, France, Austria and Slovakia.
  • The implementation of intelligent transportation systems and services (ITS) in several EU member states.

The selected projects will also help strengthen the EU-Ukraine solidarity corridors established to facilitate Ukraine’s exports and imports.

“These investments are an important step toward creating a more efficient, sustainable and intelligent transport network across the EU,” said Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport. “They will make transport cheaper, cleaner and more convenient for EU citizens and businesses.”