CEF Transport

For whom?

Governments and businesses

For what?

Transport projects that contribute to a solid European network

Budget 2021 – 2027

€ 25.81 billion

More information on CEF Transport

The main transport network is crucial for the European economy. Europe cannot grow without good connections and without growth no prosperity. As of January 2014, the European Union has a new infrastructure policy, which aims to create a high-quality European transport network. The policy aims to connect the Member States with each other, but also with the rest of the world, in order to stimulate growth and competitiveness. The current fragmented network will be transformed into a solid European network. CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) Transport supports projects that will help with the realization of a sustainable, integrated and efficient transport network.

CEF 2 Transport call 2023

CEF 2 Transport call 2023 will open on 26 September 2023. Interested parties will then have until 30 January 2024 to submit an application. The outcome of this call will be announced in June 2024. After the opening in September, both EU agency CINEA and RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) will hold an (online) information session on this call; the date for this has not yet been announced.

Eligible projects within CEF Transport

For the period 2021 – 2027, approximately € 25.81 billion has been earmarked for projects that:

  • stimulate the interoperability of the railway network;
  • work towards long-term solutions for sustainable and efficient transport systems;
  • decarbonise all transport modes;
  • stimulate innovation in transport;
  • streamline the cross-border network.

Policy themes CEF Transport

The following policy themes are defined in the new multiannual work programme:

  • Core theme: Smart and Green;
  • Smooth and safe European freight and passenger transport;
  • Better cross-border (rail) connections;
  • Hard infrastructure and data systems;
  • Sustainable mobility;
  • Alternative fuels.

CEF Transport budget

As indicated, the budget (2021-2027) is more than € 25 billion. This is distributed as follows:

  • € 12.83 billion for the general envelope;
  • € 11.29 billion for the cohesion envelope (not applicable to the Netherlands);
  • € 1.69 billion for military mobility.

Blending Facility becomes Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (CEF AFIF)

Finally, the CEF Transport Blending Facility also returns under the new programme, although in a different form. The new name is Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF); this instrument is intended for projects that are ready for the market, but still need funding. This instrument emphasizes the rapid implementation of ‘zero emission alternative fuels’. AFIF covers both the TEN-T Core Network and the Comprehensive Network.

More information?

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