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Parliamentary questions
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22 April 2015
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002664/2015

Following the closure of the CEF(1) call for proposals on 3 March 2015, the process is at the evaluation phase with applications assessed according to the criteria established by the CEF and TEN-T(2) Regulations. In order for a project to be selected for financing under the CEF, a project of common interest under the TEN-T guidelines should demonstrate good quality, maturity and strong EU added value, described in the Commission communication of 7 January 2014.

The Commission is not in a position to prejudge the quality of the applications or the amounts of the co-funding rates which will be attributed. However, according to Article 10 (6) of the CEF Regulation, funding rates to be granted to the selected actions should be modulated on the basis of a cost-benefit analysis of each project, the availability of Union budget resources and the need to maximise the leverage of Union funding.

As regards the funding rates of EUR 11.3 billion transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent exclusively in the Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, the maximum co-funding rates are those applicable to the Cohesion Fund, as provided for in Article 11 (5) of the CEF Regulation, namely up to 85% for actions with regard to studies and works. As regards the CEF general envelope, the maximum co-funding rate of 40% is applicable for actions concerning rail cross-border sections, as indicated in Article 10 of the CEF Regulation.

Concerted and coordinated action by the Member States concerned is essential for the implementation of complex cross-border projects. It is therefore of utmost importance that the three Baltic States ensure through the Joint Venture coordinated management and implementation of the Rail Baltic to the required timescales and standards.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.12.2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 680/2007 and (EC) No 67/2010, OJ L 348, 20.12.2013, p. 129.
(2)Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.12.2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network and repealing Decision No 661/2010/EU OJ L 348, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

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