This study assesses a range of mechanisms to finance transport infrastructure projects in cross-border regions, and analyses the strategic role that European Groupings of Territorial Cohesion (EGTC) could play in the planning and implementation of cross-border investments. Special attention is given to often neglected small-scale projects, whose investment is up to €1 million. Building on an in-depth literature review, and supported by interviews with various regional cooperation structures and an experts’ workshop, the study analyses the current situation regarding the availability of financing tools for new technologies that enhance transport infrastructure in cross-border regions. It also outlines sources of financial support that could meet investment needs and assesses technological challenges and trends in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems, with a focus on regional interoperability. The study ends with suggestions of policy options to facilitate and accelerate cross border transport infrastructure projects.
The Western Balkans Investment Summit brought together at EBRD Headquarters high-level government officials, including all six Prime Ministers, and private sector participants to discuss opportunities and challenges across the region. Regional transport connectivity featured high among the topics discussed to boost economic growth. It was also the subject of a dedicated discussion panel.
In their report, both authors acknowledge that a number of things have moved forward following their recommendations, especially with regard to the successful launch of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). At the same time, there are still opportunities to further mobilise finances, improve the quality of projects and improve and streamline the regulatory environment. All this to the benefit of transport infrastructure projects in order to move passengers and merchandises swiftly and efficiently within territories and across borders.
The European Commission has found German plans to support the purchase of electric buses and related recharging infrastructure by public transport operators to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measure contributes to reducing CO2 emissions while limiting distortions of competition.
This overview was prepared for the mission of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) to Catania, Augusta and Naples (13-15 February 2018). It provides a status report on the main regional transport infrastructure in the context of the “Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor”.
A summary of the consideration of the draft opinion is now available.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a loan of EUR 250 million for the construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the A10/A24 motorway in the German State Brandenburg. In particular the project comprises the widening from 4 to 6 lanes of a 29.6km section of the A10 between Havelland and Pankow as well as the reconstruction of a 29.2km section of the four lane A24 between Neuruppin and Kremmen. The project furthermore entails the maintenance and operation of an additional 5.4km section of existing road connecting the two motorways. The EIB loan was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). EFSI is the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE), under which the EIB Group and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners to boost the competitiveness of the European economy.