EU budget 2014-2020: TEN-T Guidelines – NGO priority recommendations for trialogues
Briefing | 11 February 2013
Environmental NGOs emphasise that, with very long lifetimes for transport infrastructure, today’s decisions on EU transport spending will set the path for transport beyond 2050 and into the next century. Yet, in light of the EU budget negotiations, there will not be enough funding for all the projects in the Connecting Europe Facility annex or the TEN-T maps to get off the ground. This briefing therefore focuses on how to make the most of the limited funds available, and to avoid the major cost-overruns and delays that have plagued TEN-T policy to date. A clear framework is needed with workable criteria to assess and prioritise projects, including all costs, benefits and risks, especially those for the environment and climate.