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Parliamentary questions
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30 November 2018
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004472/2018

The work programme of the European Coordinator for the Mediterranean Corridor pays particular attention to the development of the Spanish railway network. It details major challenges such as the need for enhanced interoperability of rail connections, removal of bottlenecks, and further implementation of the International Union of Railways (UIC) standard gauge. These objectives are addressed by a number of projects financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) that deal with the issue of multimodality (modal shift from road to rail), improved access to ports, and the deployment of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The work programme as such does not focus on the high speed network. Overall Spain is complying with the work plan put forward by the European Coordinator for the Mediterranean corridor.

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Regulation provides for a long-term strategy with the identification of priorities for the core and comprehensive networks. It is based on common set of standards, adequate financing and sound monitoring of EU co-financed projects executed by the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA), robust governance ensured by European Coordinators and aims at cross-border interoperability and EU added value of projects. All projects submitted for CEF funding are subject to a thorough cost-benefit analysis to ensure the effectiveness of the use of public money.

Equally, the allocation of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) in the field of rail transport is subject to the fulfilment of comprehensive transport plans by Member States. In addition, ERDF also require cost-benefit analysis on major projects.

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