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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
E-004907/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004907/2018

1. The aim and limit of the referred proposal is to avoid the North Sea — Mediterranean (NSM) Core Network Corridor being separated into two distinct and unconnected parts and to ensure connectivity of Ireland with mainland Europe, in the case where Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 ceases to apply to the United Kingdom.

The proposal is based on existing transport flows between the Irish NSM ports (Dublin and Cork) and the NSM ports of the North Sea (Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam). Only the ports on the NSM corridor could be considered in this very specific case. While there are regular international services from Dublin and Cork to Rotterdam and Antwerp, as well as between Dublin and Zeebrugge, there are currently no such regular services between Ireland and France's NSM ports (Calais and Dunkerque), as analysed in a recent study on the Motorways of the Sea(1).

This proposal is subject to adoption by the European Parliament and the Council.

The present proposal does not prejudge in any way the further modifications of the TEN-T network, which may be necessary in a longer timeframe in terms of connecting Ireland to continental Europe after Brexit. This should however be seen as a separate exercise, which could be included in the preparatory work for the review of the TEN-T Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 as foreseen by Article 54 of that regulation.

2. The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy follows clear objectives of strengthening the social, economic and territorial cohesion of the Union and contributes to the creation of a single European transport area which is efficient and sustainable, increases the benefits for its users, civil society and supports inclusive growth. The Commission, implements this policy in particular through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument. The proposed realignment of the corridor does not change the situation of other corridor ports (e.g. Calais and Dunkirk, or other French ports as part of other TEN-T corridors) as regards their eligibility for obtaining EU funding under the CEF or, if/when appropriate, as participating ports under Motorways of the Sea projects developed with core ports of other Member States.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/101_web_final_ii_mos_dip_2018.pdf

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