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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 (3rd edition, updated on 2.7.2021),

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With the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy, the European Union 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 regulatory measures to integrate and shorten permit-granting for projects, and facilitate public consultations and the involvement of private investors.

On 8 June 2020, the Parliament and the Council agreed on a ‘smart TEN-T directive’, with this legal form giving Member States more flexibility. The text could not however be adopted before the finalisation of the new Connecting Europe Facility programme, as the annexes of both texts are interlinked. The Council adopted its first-reading position on the ‘smart TEN-T directive’ on 14 June 2021 and the Parliament is due to vote on it during the July plenary session


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


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