The European Union invests €6.2 billion in 107 transport infrastructure projects, including ports and inland waterways, the European Commission announced.
Maritime ports in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland will receive funding from the European Union for developing on-shore power supply to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from moored vessels.
In addition, to help make inland waterway transport future-proof, infrastructure along the Seine-Scheldt cross-border waterways between France and Belgium will be modernised.
Inland ports on the Danube and the Rhine basins, such as Vienna and Andernach, will also receive an upgrade.
EU funding will take the form of grants, which will be used to co-finance total project costs. The EU grants come from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU’s instrument for strategic investment in transport infrastructure.
Over 80% of the funding will support projects that deliver a more efficient, greener, and smarter network of maritime routes, inland waterways and railways along the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network.
The EU transport infrastructure projects will also bolster the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes, set up to facilitate Ukraine’s exports and imports.
It’s worth mentioning that the 107 projects have been selected from a total of 353 submitted in response to the call for proposals, published in 2022.
Under the CEF transport programme for 2021-2027, €25.8 billion is available for grants to co-fund TEN-T projects in the EU member states.
Since 2014, CEF has supported almost 1.300 projects with a total of €29.4 billion in the transport sector (excluding today’s proposed selection).