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Call: Comprehensive Network Inland waterways and ports – studies (Cohesion Countries)

Acronym CEF-T
Type of Fund Direct Management
Description of programme
"Connecting Europe Facility for Transport"

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.

Trans-European Networks for Transport (TEN-T) policy objectives foresee:

  • completion by 2030 of the Core Network, structured around nine multimodal Core Network Corridors.
  • completion by 2050 of the Comprehensive Network in order to facilitate accessibility to all European regions

CEF Transport focuses on cross-border projects and projects aiming at removing bottlenecks or bridging missing links in various sections of the Core Network and on the Comprehensive Network (link), as well as for horizontal priorities such as traffic management systems.

CEF Transport also supports innovation in the transport system in order to improve the use of infrastructure, reduce the environmental impact of transport, enhance energy efficiency and increase safety.

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Comprehensive Network Inland waterways and ports – studies (Cohesion Countries)
Description of call
"Comprehensive Network Inland waterways and ports – studies (Cohesion Countries)"


The objective is to develop inland waterways transport infrastructure projects on the Comprehensive Network of the TEN-T.


Studies on inland waterways related to:

  • upgrade of waterways and related infrastructure such as locks and weirs/dams in order to achieve stable or improved navigation conditions, performance and/or more capacity for the passage of vessels or to ensure good navigation status;
  • creation of new waterways and related infrastructure (locks, weirs/dams, bridges);
  • construction/lifting/upgrading of locks and movable bridges, to improve the passage of vessels and convoys;
  • automation of waterway infrastructure (e.g. locks, weirs/dams, bridges) to improve its operation and monitoring;
  • increasing of under-bridge clearance;
  • ensuring year-round navigability e.g. by means of hydrological services, ice-breaking facilities and capital dredging;
  • waterside infrastructure including the creation and/or upgrade of infrastructure for mooring and waterborne operations along a waterway;
  • interconnection between inland waterways and maritime transport.

Studies on inland ports related to:

  • access, including safe access through navigational aids, of inland ports to inland waterways;
  • basic and water-side infrastructure in inland ports, including shore-side electricity supply;
  • port reception facilities for oil and other waste (including residues from exhaust gas cleaning systems) and infrastructure for degassing vessels to meet environmental requirements;
  • providing or improving road/rail access and connections within inland ports;
  • ensuring year-round navigability by means of e.g. hydrological services, ice-breaking facilities and dredging of the port and port approaches.

Water-side infrastructure development projects shall mean infrastructure that enhances the navigability capacity in the meaning of Articles 15 and 16 of the Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 or improves the multimodal connection of waterborne transport operations. This excludes infrastructure that does not directly benefit waterborne transport operations.

Support will not be given to infrastructure dedicated to cruise ships, except as regards shore-side electricity supply .

Hinterland connections to the inland ports are covered by the respective transport mode priorities but may be part of a single Action (for instance an Action improving the rail access both within and outside the port area).

Facilities and infrastructure supported under CEF must be accessible for use by all operators on a non-discriminatory basis.

The foreseen duration of the action should be 2-3 years maximum.

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Thematic Focus Mobility & Transport/Traffic , Disaster Prevention, Resiliance, Risk Management
Funding area Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Cyprus / Κύπρος
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Estonia / Eesti
Greece / Ελλάδα (Ellada)
Hungary / Magyarország
Latvia / Latvija
Lithuania / Lietuva
Poland / Polska
Portugal / Portugal
Romania / România
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Origin of Applicant Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Cyprus / Κύπρος
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Estonia / Eesti
Greece / Ελλάδα (Ellada)
Hungary / Magyarország
Latvia / Latvija
Lithuania / Lietuva
Poland / Polska
Portugal / Portugal
Romania / România
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Public Services, Other, National Government, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details Proposals shall be submitted by:
  • one or more EU Member States 
  • by international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States  (with the agreement of the Member States concerned).

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund

Specific cases:

  • Entities from other countries are exceptionally eligible for projects of common interest in the field of transport, energyand digital and for cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy, if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the action.
  • Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legalpersonality separate from that of the natural person).
  • International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
  • Entities without legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guaranteesfor the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
  • EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Recurring Call No
Project duration max 36 months
Further info

Proposal page limits and layout:

  • Part A to be filled in directly online  (administrative information, summarised budget, call-specific questions, etc.)
  • Part B to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system
  • mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • detailed budget table per WP (template available in the Submission System)
    • activity reports of last year
    • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)
    • timetable/Gantt chart
    • agreement by the concerned Member States (letters of support)
    • environmental compliance file
    • simplified cost-benefit analysis (CBA) if the project is supported with financing of a non-Implementing Partner financial institution.
Page limit - part B: 120 pages
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details

The available call budget for Projects on the Comprehensive Network – Cohesion envelope (CEF-T-2021-COMPCOEN) is EUR 350,000,000.

In order to ensure efficiency in EU funding interventions, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications for projects with a total requested EU contribution to the eligible costs of no less than EUR 1,000,000. Where possible, related projects should be grouped and submitted as one proposal.

The grant will be a budget-based actual cost grant. This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs).

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (maximum 85%).

You can apply for a higher project funding rate (maximum 90 %), if your project concerns cross-border links with integrated management.

Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.
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