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Call: Motorways of the Sea – works or mixed

Programme
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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Call
Motorways of the Sea – works or mixed
Description of call
"Motorways of the Sea – works or mixed"

Objective:

The general objective is to modernise transport infrastructure on the Core and Comprehensive Networks of the TEN-T.

Scope:

In accordance with Article 9(2)(b)(i) of the CEF Regulation, Actions concerning Motorways of the Sea will be supported with the objective to alleviate congestion and/or to reduce the environmental impact of transport through short sea shipping links.

The supported works, with the possibility to include studies, shall relate to:

  • the upgrade of port infrastructure, hinterland connections and dedicated terminals, where required to establish or expand such short sea shipping links. Such actions shall involve at least one Core Network port in a Member State and another Core or Comprehensive Network port in another Member State with the main purpose to establish or expand cross-border links;
  • Actions facilitating the provision and use of short sea shipping but not linked to specific ports such as ICT platforms, facilities for ice-breaking or activities ensuring year-round navigability.

Maritime vessels will not be supported except for ice-breaking activities.

The supported Actions shall be entitled to the level of support foreseen for cross-border links under the conditions specified in Article 15(2)(e) of the CEF Regulation.

The foreseen duration of the action should be 4-5 years maximum.

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Thematic Focus Mobility & Transport/Traffic , Disaster Prevention, Resiliance, Risk Management
Funding area EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
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 eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • third countries associated to the CEF.

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.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Actions related to the upgrade of port infrastructure, hinterland connections and dedicated terminals, shall involve at least one Core Network port in a Member State and another Core or Comprehensive Network port in another Member State with the main purpose to establish or expand cross-border links.
Recurring Call No
Project duration max 60 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) (only for ‘Works Actions, not for studies; simplified CBA for ‘Works’ Actions with a total eligible of less than 10 million EUR
Page limit - part B: 120 pages
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details

The available call budget for Actions related to sustainable and multimodal mobility – General envelope (CEF-T-2021-SUSTMOBGEN) is EUR 100,000,000.

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. The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement (maximum 50% for the costs of studies, maximum 70% for the costs of works in outermost regions, maximum 30% for the other costs categories (‘project funding rate’) for proposals related to ‘multimodal passenger hubs’ and maximum 50% for the other costs categories (‘project funding rate’) for proposals related to ‘Motorways of the Sea’.

Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.
Contact Details https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/contact-0_en

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