More EU budget for transport, the best investment plan for Europe

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21 September 2017

A coalition of 30 European transport organisations is launching today its campaign for a strong Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the next financial period 2021-2028. With this campaign, the European transport sector is not just asking for money, but is asking for the necessary means to make the TEN-T network, which is a smart transport infrastructure plan for Europe, a reality. There is not a single moment to lose if one wants to preserve and boost the competitiveness of the European economy.

Alexander Van den Bosch, EFIP Director, stated: “Because transport projects do not often bring a quick return on investment (despite their high socio-economic added value), we need to ensure long-term direct EU financial support combined with the increasing involvement of private investors. If the CEF budget will diminish, it could put crucial infrastructure projects in the inland port sector and especially the realisation of an efficient and interconnected, sustainable EU-wide transport network in danger. Therefore, we need a stable financial framework that allows long-term planning of multimodal interconnectivity also after 2020.  Sufficient CEF funding is in this respect the crucial piece of the puzzle which is called TEN-T.

ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost, will present the campaign on behalf of the coalition at the Connecting Europe Conference taking place on 21 and 22 September 2017 in Tallinn.

The leaflet of the transport campaign can be found here.

The 30 European transport associations involved in the campaign are:

ACI EUROPE - Airports Council International Europe; ASECAP – Association Européenne des Concessionnaires d’Autoroutes et d’Ouvrages à Péage; A4E – Airlines for Europe; CER - Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies; CLECAT - European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services; CLIA EUROPE - Cruise Lines International Association; EBA - European Boatmen’s Association; EBU - European Barge Union; ECASBA - European Community Association of Shipbrokers and Agents; ECF - European Cyclists’ Federation; ECG - The Association of European Vehicle Logistics; ECSA - European Community Shipowners’ Associations; EFIP - European Federation of Inland Ports; EIM - European Rail Infrastructure Managers; EMPA - European Maritime Pilots’ Association; ERFA - European Rail Freight Association; ESC - European Shippers’ Council; ESO - European Skippers’ Organisation; ESPO - European Sea Ports Organisation; ETA - European Tugowners Association; EuDA - European Dredging Association; EUROPLATFORMS E.E.I.G - The European Association of Logistics Platforms; EUMETNET - European National Meteorological Services Network; FEPORT - The Federation of European Private Operators; INE - Inland Navigation Europe; IRU - International Road Transport Union; POLIS - European Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions; UIP - International Union of Wagon Keepers; UIRR - International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport; UNIFE - The Association of the European Rail Industry.

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