Members' Research Service By / March 17, 2022

Revision of the trans-European transport network guidelines [EU Legislation in Progress]

The trans-European transport network (TEN T) policy seeks to build an effective and multimodal network of rail, roads, inland waterways and short sea shipping routes, which will link urban nodes, maritime and inland ports, airports and terminals across the EU territory.

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Written by Marketa Pape (1st edition).

To support its economy, provide mobility for people and goods and ensure connectivity of all regions while also limiting negative impacts on climate and environment, the EU has been building a multimodal transport network across its territory: the trans-European transport network (TEN‑T). 

The TEN‑T policy is based on 2013 Union guidelines that defined the technical requirements for the planned transport infrastructure and the network layout. Network construction is also supported through EU funding, including the dedicated Connecting Europe Facility programme.   

Having evaluated the progress in TEN‑T implementation, the European Commission put forward revised TEN‑T guidelines in December 2021, to ensure sustainable connectivity through a reliable and high-quality infrastructure network, aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

As co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council will have to agree on the final form of the proposed regulation. In the Parliament, the Committee on Transport and Tourism will lead the file.


Proposal for a regulation on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network, amending Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 and Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulation (EU) 1315/2013
Committee responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)COM(2021) 812
Rapporteur:To be confirmed2021/0420(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Isabel García Muñoz (S&D, Spain)
Jakop G. Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Roberts Zīle (ECR, Latvia)
Elena Kountoura (The Left, Greece)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Initial discussions in committee
EU legislation in progress

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