Event: EFSI stakeholders’ consultation event (Luxembourg, 8 December 2017)

The EFSI Steering Board has the pleasure of inviting you to the second EFSI stakeholders’ consultation event on Friday, 8 December 2017 at the EIB premises in Luxembourg from 09:30 till 12:00. The event will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, such as public authorities, umbrella associations, think tanks, civil society organisations and relevant social partners with a strong interest in the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and whose input is highly valuable for shaping the EFSI policy and its implementation.

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Event: S2R Information Day (Brussels, 12 December 2017)

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking is pleased to announce its Information Day – Open Call for proposals 2018, which will take place on the 12th of December 2017 in the Egg, Congress & Meeting Centre in Brussels. The information day will provide an overview of the Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Programme, focusing in particular on the upcoming funding opportunities under the umbrella of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

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Press Release: EIB finances new suburban rail network in Tunis

With this new financing operation with the Republic of Tunisia and Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT), the European Investment Bank (EIB) is increasing its support for the development of high-performance, sustainable urban transport infrastructure that is accessible to Tunisians living in the outlying districts of Tunis. More than 15 600 jobs will be created thanks to the development of this rail project, which will provide the city of Tunis with a new 17 km express transport system (Lines D and E).

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Press Release: EIB supports modernisation of Polish railways with EUR 650 million

From Gdańsk to Katowice, over 1,000 kilometres of Polish railways will be modernized and upgraded with the help of a EUR 650-million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced today. EIB funds will help finance 15 different segments of railway infrastructure across the country, improving train speeds and passenger comfort, and saving nearly 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by shifting traffic from road to rail. The segments are part of the Polish Master Plan for Railway Transport to 2030. The works will be implemented by the state owned Polish rail infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe over the period 2016-2023 and will be mostly located on the Trans-European Transport Network (“TEN-T”), including the core Baltic-Adriatic Corridor.

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (15 November 2017)

Update: the main results are now available.

The Council discussed the future of cohesion policy post-2020, with reference to the recent report published by the Commission on economic, social and territorial cohesion. The Council also took note of the progress made on the ongoing legislative process concerning the modification of the “Common Provisions Regulation”, in particular on the European Structural and Investment Funds provisions included in the so-called “Omnibus” Commission proposal. A items concerned trade and transport related issued.
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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (16 November 2017)

Update: An addendum to the draft agenda concerning transport policy is now available.

Agenda items concern energy & environment, digital, transport and trade policy.

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Press Release: Improving the EU’s security: ALDE welcomes Commission’s proposals to foster military mobility

In order to further improve the EU’s security environment, the European Commission and the High Representative presented today a number of actions to further develop military mobility within the EU. The joint communication addresses the obstacles which are hindering the movement of military equipment and personnel across the EU at the moment and aims at maximising civil and military synergies also through the EU’s transport network in an efficient and sustainable manner.

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Press Release: New European digital transport projects launched in Tallinn

European Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc launched 15 projects co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) at the Digital Transport Days in Tallinn today. The projects are expected to develop digital solutions and upgrade the European rail, road, maritime and air transport network. These projects were selected for funding via a competitive call for proposals that will in total invest €2.7 billion in 152 key transport projects across the EU.

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Press Release: Investment Plan for Europe: EIB backs Volvo Cars’ research and development programme

The EIB and Volvo Car Corporation have signed a EUR 245 million loan agreement backing research and development activities in connectivity, efficient petrol hybrid engines, longer-range electric cars and advanced driving assistance systems. The EIB transaction with Volvo Cars was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is the central pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe. It was founded by the EIB Group and the European Commission to boost the competitiveness of the European economy.

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Press Release: CEF Blending call budget increased

A corrigendum to the 2017 CEF Transport Blending call has been published, following the amendment of the 2017 CEF Transport Multi-annual Work Programme adopted by the European Commission on 8 November 2017. The corrigendum has a particular impact in the priority ‘Innovation and new technologies” in all transport modes’, and is now available on the call page.

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Official Journal (L Series): Corrigendum to the call for proposals under the multiannual work programme for financial assistance in the field of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) — Transport sector for the period 2014-2020: ‘Blending’ call

(Commission Implementing Decision C(2017) 7360 amending Implementing Decision C(2017) 164 of 20 January 2017) (OJ C 41, 8.2.2017)

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Press Release: €267 million available to support transport projects

From today, you can apply for funding under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme through three calls that are open for proposal submission. The total available funding is €267 million. These calls are part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge. The application period starts today and candidates will be able to submit their proposals until 30 January 2018 (two-stage call) or 4 April 2018 (single-stage call).

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Press Release: Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expects the new budget of the European Union to support more connected Europe

At today’s meeting with European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas discussed the preparations for the next long-term budget of the European Union. “The aim of the long-term budget of the European Union should be a stronger and more connected Europe. A better-functioning internal market would increase both the welfare of the people of Europe and the profits of companies. To achieve this goal, contributions to infrastructure projects connecting different areas of Europe, such as Rail Baltic and the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity system, are necessary,” Prime Minister Ratas emphasised.

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