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Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027: Financing key EU infrastructure networks [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (2nd edition, updated on 17.01.2019),

Transport infrastructure

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The EU supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in the areas of transport, energy and digital infrastructure.

The trans-European networks policy was consolidated in 2013, and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) set up as a dedicated financing instrument to channel EU funding into the development of infrastructure networks, help eliminate market failures and attract further investment from the public and private sectors. Following a mid-term evaluation, which confirmed the CEF programme’s capacity to bring significant EU added value, the European Commission proposed to renew the programme under the next long‑term EU budget.

The Transport Council of 3 December 2018 agreed a partial general approach on the proposal, excluding financial and horizontal issues for the moment, which are still under discussion as part of the EU budget for 2021-2027. The European Parliament adopted its position for negotiations on 12 December 2018, and interinstitutional negotiations on the proposal can thus now start.  

The European Parliament and Council are expected to discuss the proposal and its budget, so as to ensure that, once adopted, the programme can stimulate the necessary infrastructure development, while also helping to achieve the EU’s climate change objectives.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014
Committees responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
(joint committee procedure, Rule 55)
COM(2018) 438

of 6.6.2018
Rapporteurs:Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, Romania)

Henna Virkkunen (EPP, Finland)

Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic)
Next steps expectedTrilogue negotiationsOrdinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)


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