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Adapting the transport infrastructure for Union external border checks purposes: studies, works or mixed
Connecting Europe Facility for Transport
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The general objective is to modernise transport infrastructure on the Core and Comprehensive Networks of the TEN-T.
In accordance with Article 9(2)(b)(x) of the CEF Regulation, studies and / or works related to the following projects will be supported:
- projects aiming at facilitating traffic flows for land and waterborne transport modes at border control areas at the Union external border of the TEN-T network. The projects, targeting only the transport infrastructure, will inter alia improve the connections to the border crossing points, and parking lines and spaces related to the border controls.
The upgrade of parking spaces for trucks, of safe and secure waiting areas, of road lane capacity from the parking spaces to the border control points and between them can be supported. Projects may also concern the enhancement of an existing terminal if the applicants demonstrate that the project would facilitate traffic flows at the EU external border control area.
Border check equipment and facilities are not supported, in principle, as a stand-alone project. However, certain border check equipment, such as smart IT solutions which facilitate / accelerate border checks and alleviate congestion at border crossing points, or fixed devices integrated into the transport infrastructure, may be supported in case it forms part of a wider project concerning the adaptation of transport infrastructure.
Buildings, storage and warehouse facilities, phytosanitary stations and parking facilities for border officers are not supported.
Where relevant, coordination with relevant Interreg IPA-CBC (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance - Cross Border Cooperation) programmes should be ensured by the applicants.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
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 eligible countries, i.e.
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- Third countries associated to the CEF Programme (list of participating countries)
- Project applications located in associated third countries are eligible for funding in the present calls under the conditions set out in Article 8(1) of the TEN-T Regulation (EU) N° 1315/2013 and Articles 5(2) and 9(2) of the CEF Regulation (EU) 2021/1153.
- Exceptional funding — Entities from other countries (not listed above) are exceptionally eligible for projects of common interest in the field of transport if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the project.
- 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 can NOT be part of the consortium.
other eligibility criteria
Financial support to third parties is not allowed.
The available call budget is split between 3 calls for proposals:
- CEF-T-2023-SAFEMOBGEN-EXTBORDER-WORKS: Adapting the transport infrastructure for Union external border checks purposes – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-SAFEMOBGEN-PARKINGS-WORKS: Safe and secure parking infrastructure – works
- CEF-T-2023-SAFEMOBGEN-RESILIENCE-WORKS: Improving transport infrastructure resilience – studies, works or mixed
The grant will be a budget-based mixed actual cost grant (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). 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). For unit costs and flat-rates, you can charge the amounts calculated as explained in the Grant Agreement (see art 6 and Annex 2 and 2a).
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement:
- maximum 50% for the costs of studies
- maximum 30% for the costs of works for proposals related to the topic of ‘improving transport infrastructure resilience’,
- maximum 50% for the costs of works for proposals related to the topics ‘safe and secure parking infrastructure’ and ‘adapting the transport infrastructure for Union external border checks purposes’, and
- maximum 70% for the costs of works in outermost regions.
Please be aware that project management costs (including related tasks, such as consortium-internal progress meetings, project reporting etc.) should not exceed 10% of total costs for the project.
The foreseen duration of the works and mixed projects should be 4-5 years maximum. For studies projects it should be 2-3 years maximum. In both cases, the end date set in the Grant Agreement will not be later than 31.12.2028.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
between 24 and 60 months
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), and the summarised budget for the project
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):
- detailed budget table per WP/calculator
- activity reports of last year (unless exempted from operational capacity check; see section 7 of call document)
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)
- timetable/Gantt chart
- agreement of the concerned Member State (letter of support)
- cost benefit analysis:
- for works and mixed projects with budget (total eligible costs) above EUR 10 000 000: full cost-benefit analysis (CBA) (report and cash flow template)
- for works and mixed projects with budget (total eligible costs) below EUR 10 000 000: simplified CBA calculator
- environmental compliance file (for works, for studies with physical interventions and for studies without physical interventions.
For applications concerning projects subject to an EIA, you may include a summary of the climate proofing process in the Portal Submission System under “Other Annexes".
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 120 pages.