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Measures to advance the realisation of the trans-European transport network: Integrated and faster project procedures [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (2nd edition, updated on 4.3.2019),

The Beskid tunnel. New railway tunnel in Carpathian mountains, Ukraine
© Oleg Totskyi / Fotolia

With the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy, the European Commission seeks to develop a modern, efficient and climate-friendly network covering all transport modes.

Despite the TEN-T’s importance for the economy and society, and despite the binding timelines and targeted financial support, it risks not being completed as planned. This is partly due to complex administrative procedures linked to permit-granting for cross-border projects as well as broader regulatory uncertainty, often resulting in delays and increased cost. To speed up the network’s completion, the Commission has proposed measures to integrate and shorten permit-granting for projects, and facilitate public consultations and the involvement of private investors.

On 3 December 2018, the Transport Council stated that much remains to be resolved before an agreement on the proposal becomes possible. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report on 10 January. The Parliament adopted its first-reading position in plenary on 13 February 2019. Trilogue negotiations with a view to an early second-reading agreement could thus take place in the new term once Council has agreed its position.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment and repealing Directive 2010/65/EU
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2018) 277 of 17.5.2018
Rapporteur: Dominique Riquet (ALDE, France) 2018/0138(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Wim van de Camp (EPP, Netherlands)
Inés Ayala Sender (S&D, Spain)
Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland)
Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland)
Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected:

Opening of trilogue negotiations

timeline 10 steps trilogue with second reading


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