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 Monika Kiss (2nd edition, updated on 31.1.2023).

To support its economy, provide mobility for people and goods and ensure the 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 the 2013 Union guidelines defining the technical requirements for the planned transport infrastructure and network layout. TEN-T construction is also supported by EU funding, an example of which is the dedicated Connecting Europe Facility programme.

In December 2021, after evaluating progress in TEN-T implementation, the European Commission put forward a proposal on the revised TEN‑T guidelines to ensure sustainable connectivity through a reliable and high-quality infrastructure network aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal. In May 2022, the Commission published an amended version of this proposal, extending transport corridors to Ukraine and Moldova and withdrawing plans that included Russia and Belarus

The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism published its draft report on the proposal on 10 October 2022; the Council adopted its general approach on 5 December 2022.


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:Dominique Riquet (Renew Europe, France; Barbara Thaler (EPP, Austria)2021/0420(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Isabel García Muñoz (S&D, Spain)
Jakop G. Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Marco Campomenosi (ID, Italy)
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: Committee vote
EU Legislation in progress: Committee vote

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