What is missingWell-maintained, reliable transport connections are essential to promote trade and economic growth as well as to create jobs and prosperity in Europe.
The supply chains are dependent on the transport networks, which constitute the basis of any economy. Currently, a widespread distribution of the transport infrastructure is missing in Europe. The lack of connections needs to be addressed and large parts of the transport infrastructure must be extended and modernized.
Trans-European Transport NetworkIn this context, the Trans-European Transport Network, TEN-T was designed. This long-term project aims at connecting Europe from North to South and from East to West. It takes into account all means of transport.
With TEN-T the EU intends to establish a core network by 2030. This includes, inter alia, the expansion of cross-border connections. The core network will be complemented by regional and national road networks in order to ensure access to the core network from anywhere.
Homogeneous standards shall ensure that trains, ships, aircraft, and other motorized vehicles can use the infrastructure safely and without any technical problems in Europe.
Connecting Europe FacilityIn the period 2014-2020, priority will be given to this core network by the transport funding under the Connecting Europe Facility.
The aim is that gradually all citizens and businesses in Europe reach this transport network in less than 30 minutes drive. Besides the reduction of travel time, the enhancement of safety and the reduction of traffic congestions is to be the added benefit.