Thematic issues: Connecting Europe Transport Call :


The CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) Transport Call is open since 8 January 2019: 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) call for proposals. This call aims specifically to the development of cross-border sections. The deadline to submit applications ends on 24 April 2019.

The European Commission reserved €100 million for this call: €65 million is designated for the development of cross-border sections in the comprehensive TEN-T network either for rail- or roadways. With this focus for the call, the European Commission adopts the recommendations from the report Missing transport links in border regions by Michiel Scheffer, Regional Minister of the province of Gelderland.

The call is intended to:

- Projects in cross-border sections (rail and road) of the TEN-T Comprehensive Network and connections to/and development of maritime ports also in the Comprehensive Network (65 million euros)

- Reduction of railway noise in the CORE and Comprehensive network (35 million).

On January 19 a virtual infoday on this call was held by the European Commission. You can watch the video here.

If the budget allocated to noise reduction is not exhausted, it can be transferred to cross-border sections and ports.

The budget comes from the General Envelope, so the 28 Member States can apply.

The co-financing rate for studies is 50%. Only studies that lead to the development of the project will be financed.

In the case of works, co-financing would be 40% for rail, 10% for road and 20% for ports.


Only proposals concerning cross-border rail sections of the TEN-T Comprehensive Network are eligible for funding: high-speed rail lines and technical systems, including detours, tunnels and bridges and associated equipment (e.g. electrification). Train stations have a low priority. The development of ERTMS (European Railway Traffic Management System) is excluded.

The ideal proposals include studies, electrification of an existing cross-border section or works to increase the speed of a conventional line to ≈ 200 km/h.


Only applications concerning cross-border road sections of the TEN-T Comprehensive network are eligible for funding.

The proposals idea include high-quality roads (motorways, express roads or conventional strategic roads) including bridges, tunnels, junctions, crossings, interchanges, hard shoulders and the associated equipment (e.g. equipment for traffic management).


Only proposals concerning ports of the TEN-T Comprehensive network are eligible for funding.

Here you can find a presentation of the call and another one on the evaluation process with some advice on how to submit a project.

You can ask questions to the Commission here:

On 7 February there has been an information meeting in the Committee of the Regions in which COTER-Chair Isabelle Boudineau, once again emphasized the importance of cross-border cooperation: “The cross-border projects should be awarded higher in this call”. Member of the European Parliament Michael Cramer of the Group of Greens stated:  “European welfare is only possible when there is a connection with the neighbours”. For us regions this the moment to applicate our cross-border projects, to solve the bottlenecks of our part of the comprehensive TEN-T network.


Additionally, the latest CEF Building Block Bulletin includes information about the adopted 2019 CEF Telecom Work Programme including grants for eDelivery (€1 million), eID (€4.5 million), eInvoicing (€6.2 million), eSignature (€0.5 million) & eTranslation (€4 million). This Work Programme also includes a new Building Block: Blockchain.

Additionally, this edition includes a story on how eDelivery is helping Europe reduce crime and terrorism and presents the new CEF Monitoring Guidebook.

Finally, the Commission intends to publish version 2.0 of the CEF eInvoicing Electronic Address Scheme (EAS) code list.

Webinars are organized regularly on related topics: currently on Smart Cities, Big Data Test Infrastructure and eDelivery topics.

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