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PE 491.110v03-00 A7-0021/2013

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

(COM(2011)0665/3 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD))

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Committee on

Transport and Tourism

Rapporteurs: Adina-Ioana Vălean, Dominique Riquet, Inés Ayala Sender

(Joint committee meetings – Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AFFAIRS ON THE LEGAL BASIS
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgets
 OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

(COM(2011)0665/3 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0665/3),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 172 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0374/2011),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs on the proposed legal basis,

–   having regard to Rules 55 and 37 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the joint deliberations of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Transport and Tourism under Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the opinions of the Committee on Budgets and of the Committee on Regional Development (A7-0021/2013),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Points out that the financial envelope specified in the legislative proposal constitutes only an indication to the legislative authority and cannot be fixed until agreement is reached on the proposal for a regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020;

3.  Recalls its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe(1); reiterates that sufficient additional resources are needed in the next MFF in order to enable the Union to fulfil its existing policy priorities and the new tasks provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon, as well as to respond to unforeseen events; points out that even with an increase in the level of resources for the next MFF of at least 5 % compared to the 2013 level, only a limited contribution can be made to the achievement of the Union’s agreed objectives and commitments and the principle of Union solidarity; challenges the Council, if it does not share this approach, to clearly identify which of its political priorities or projects could be dropped altogether, despite their proven European added value;

4.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

5.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Citation 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 172 thereof,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 172, 174 and 349 thereof,

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recitals 1 to 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) The creation of the Connecting Europe Facility should maximise the potential for growth through the realisation of synergies between transport, energy and telecommunications policies and their implementation, thus enhancing the efficiency of the Union's intervention.

(1) In order to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to stimulate job creation in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy1, the Union needs up-to-date, high-performance infrastructure to help connect and integrate the Union and all its regions, especially in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications. Those connections should help improve the free movement of people, goods, capital and ideas, by facilitating cross-border connections, while fostering greater economic, social and territorial cohesion, and hence should contribute to achieving a more competitive social market economy and to combating climate change.

 

(1a) There is an urgent need for financial simplification in order to seize the advantages of the potential synergies in the deployment, development and maintenance of the telecommunications and energy networks.

(2) A fully functioning single market depends on modern, highly performing infrastructure connecting Europe particularly in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications. These growth enhancing connections would provide better access to the internal market and consequently contribute to a more competitive market economy in line with Europe 2020 Strategy's objectives and targets.

(2) The aim of the creation of a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is to accelerate investment in the field of trans-European networks and leverage funding from both the public and the private sectors, while increasing legal certainty and respecting the principle of technological neutrality. In that connection, the CEF should enable synergies between the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors to be harnessed to the full, thus enhancing the effectiveness of Union action and enabling implementing costs to be optimised.

 

(2a) The CEF reflects the needs of the priority industrial sectors for Europe. It will become an essential instrument for establishing a European industrial policy which is a source of sustainable growth.

(3) The creation of a Connecting Europe Facility aims at accelerating the investments in the field of trans-European networks and leverage funding from both the public and private sectors.

(3) The financial envelope for the implementation of the CEF for the period 2014 to 2020 should be EUR 50 000 000 000, which is to be the prime reference for the budgetary authority during the annual budgetary procedure, within the meaning of point [17] of the Interinstitutional agreement of XX/XX/2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

 

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1 Communication from the Commission of 3 March 2010 entitled 'Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth' (COM(2010)2020).

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The Commission has committed to mainstream climate change into Union spending programmes and to direct at least 20% of the Union budget to climate-related objectives. It is important to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as risk prevention and management are promoted in the preparation, design and implementation of projects of common interest. Infrastructure investments covered by this Regulation should contribute to promoting the transition to a low-carbon and climate- and disaster-resilient economy and society.

(5) The Commission has committed to mainstream climate change into Union spending programmes and to direct at least 20% of the Union budget to climate-related objectives. It is important to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as risk prevention and management are promoted in the preparation, design and implementation of projects of common interest. Infrastructure investments covered by this Regulation should contribute to promoting the transition to a low-carbon and climate- and disaster-resilient economy and society, taking into account the specificities of regions with natural and demographic disadvantages, in particular the outermost and island regions. In the energy and transport sectors in particular, the CEF should contribute to the Union's mid-term and long-term objectives in terms of decarbonisation.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) The Commission should ensure that international agreements and standards applicable within the internal market are applied even-handedly to the Member States, without causing distortions of competition, in order to ensure the success of European undertakings in the face of global competition.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) With a view to financing infrastructure in cross-border regions as part of the development of the network as a whole, strong synergies should be generated between the financing instruments of the CEF and the European Regional Development Fund.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) On 28 March 2011, the Commission adopted the White Paper 'A Roadmap to a Single Transport Area ― Towards a competitive and resource-efficient transport system'. The White Paper aims at reducting by at least 60% the greenhouse gas emissions (‘'GHG'’) of the transport sector by 2050 with respect to 1990. As far as infrastructure is concerned, the White Paper aims at establishing a fully functional and Union-wide multimodal TEN-T core network by 2030. The White Paper also aims at optimising the performance of multimodal logistic chains, including by making greater use of more energy-efficient modes. Therefore, it sets the following relevant targets for TEN-T policy: 30% of road freight over 300 km should shift to other modes by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050; the length of the existing high-speed rail network should triple by 2030 and by 2050 the majority of medium-distance passenger transport should go by rail; by 2050, all core network airports should be connected to the rail network; all seaports to the rail freight and, where possible, to the inland waterway system.

(7) On 28 March 2011, the Commission adopted the White Paper ''A Roadmap to a Single Transport Area ― Towards a competitive and resource-efficient transport system''. The White Paper aims at reducing by at least 60% the greenhouse gas emissions (‘'GHG'’) of the transport sector by 2050 with respect to 1990. As far as infrastructure is concerned, the White Paper aims at establishing a fully functional and interoperable Union-wide multimodal TEN-T 'core network' by 2030. Interoperability could be enhanced by innovative solutions that improve compatibility between the systems involved. The White Paper also aims at optimising the performance of multimodal logistic chains, including by making greater use of more energy-efficient modes. Therefore, it sets the following relevant targets for TEN-T policy: 30% of road freight over 300 km should shift to other modes by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050; the length of the existing high-speed rail network should triple by 2030 and by 2050 the majority of medium-distance passenger transport should go by rail; by 2050, all core network airports should be connected to the rail network; all seaports to the rail freight and, where possible, to the inland waterway system.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) The European Parliament in its Resolution of 6 July 2010 on a sustainable future for transport emphasised that an efficient transport policy required a financial framework that was appropriate to the challenges arising and that, to that end, the current resources for transport and mobility should be increased; it further considered necessary the creation of a facility to coordinate the use of different sources of transport funding, funds available under cohesion policy, public-private partnerships (''PPPs'') or other financial instruments such as guarantees.

(8) The European Parliament, in its resolution of 6 July 2010 on a sustainable future for transport, emphasised that an efficient transport policy required a financial framework that was appropriate to the challenges arising and that, to that end, the current resources for transport and mobility should be increased, in the various budget lines relating to them; it further considered necessary the creation of a facility to coordinate and optimise the use of different sources of transport funding and of all the financial means and mechanisms available at Union level.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) The Multiannual Financial Framework (2007-2013) showed that a limited budget for the TEN-T prevents progress being made on the biggest projects, particularly cross-border projects. An adequate European budgetary framework for the TEN-T would not only make it more attractive to private investment, but also ensure a greater national political will with regard to European projects, and therefore better cooperation between the Member States involved in a cross-border project. The Union should be more ambitious about major European infrastructure projects, the complexity and scale of which mean that the budget allocated to them should be revised upwards and that the budgetary rules applying to them should be adapted. The new TEN-T guidelines should be given the budgetary and regulatory means necessary for their achievement.

Justification

With regard to the previous Multiannual Financial Framework, it is important to emphasise the disappointing results stemming from a limited budget and a sometimes poorly adapted regulatory framework. The Connecting Europe Facility has therefore been set up to provide an appropriate regulatory and budgetary framework for achieving the TEN-T.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) On the basis of the objectives set by the White Paper, the TEN-T guidelines as laid down in Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of identify the infrastructure of the trans-European transport network, specify the requirements to be fulfilled by it and provide for measures for their implementation. The Guidelines envisage in particular the completion of the core network by 2030.

(10) On the basis of the objectives set by the White Paper, the TEN-T guidelines as laid down in Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of ... identify the infrastructure of the TEN-T, specify the requirements to be fulfilled by it and provide for measures for their implementation. The guidelines envisage in particular the completion of the core network by 2030 through the creation of new infrastructure as well as the substantial upgrading of existing infrastructure.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Based on an analysis of the transport infrastructure plans of Member States, the Commission estimates that investment needs in transport amount to EUR 500 billion in the entirety of the TEN-T network for the period 2014-2020, of which an estimated EUR 250 billion will need to be invested in the core network of the TEN-T. Given the resources available at Union level, concentration on the projects with the highest European added value is necessary to achieve the desired impact. Support should therefore be focussed on the core network (in particular, the core network corridors) and on the projects of common interest in the field of traffic management systems (notably the air traffic management systems resulting from SESAR which require Union budgetary resources of about EUR 3 billion).

(11) Based on an analysis of the transport infrastructure plans of Member States, the Commission estimates that investment needs in transport amount to EUR 500 billion in the entirety of the TEN-T network for the period 2014-2020, of which an estimated EUR 250 billion will need to be invested in the core network of the TEN-T.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(12a) In order to measure the effectiveness of the support provided by the Union to transport infrastructure and the contribution to the objectives laid down in this Regulation, the Commission should develop a common methodology that will clearly demonstrate the benefits of the funded projects in economic and environmental terms.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) Experience with the current financial framework shows that many Member States, which are eligible to the Cohesion Fund, are facing significant obstacles in delivering on time complex cross-border transport infrastructure projects with a high Union added value. Therefore, in order to improve the delivery of transport projects, in particular cross-border ones, with a high Union added value, part of the Cohesion Fund allocation (EUR 10 billion) should be transferred to finance transport projects on the transport core network in the Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund under the Connecting Europe Facility. The Commission should support Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund to develop an adequate pipeline of projects in order to give greatest possible priority to the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

(13) Experience with the current financial framework shows that some Member States which are eligible for the Cohesion Fund are facing significant obstacles in delivering on time complex cross-border transport infrastructure projects with a high Union added value, as well as allowing efficient use of European funds. Therefore, in order to improve the delivery of transport projects in particular cross-border ones with a high Union added value, part of the Cohesion Fund allocation (EUR 10 billion) should be transferred to finance transport projects on the transport core network (and in particular the core network corridors) or transport projects related to horizontal priorities in the Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund under the CEF. In an initial phase, the selection of projects eligible for financing should respect the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund. The Commission should support Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund to develop an adequate pipeline of projects, in particular by strengthening the institutional capacity of the public administrations concerned and by organising additional calls for proposals, while ensuring a transparent process for the selection of projects.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a) Institutional and administrative capacity are essential prerequisites for effective delivery of the objectives of the CEF. The Commission should ensure that these are always at a sufficient level to permit the design and implementation of projects, and should wherever necessary offer appropriate means to the Member State concerned.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) Major investments are needed to modernise and expand Europe's energy infrastructure and to interconnect networks across borders to meet the Union's energy and climate policy objectives of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply in a cost-effective way. The estimated investment needs in energy infrastructure up to 2020 amount to EUR 1 trillion, of which ca. EUR 200 billion in electricity and gas transmission and storage infrastructures considered of European relevance. Among projects of European relevance, approximately EUR 100 billion of investments is at risk of not being delivered due to obstacles related to permit granting, regulation and financing.

(15) Major investments are needed to modernise and expand Europe's energy infrastructure and to interconnect networks across borders, putting an end to the existence of energy islands, in order to meet the Union's energy and climate policy objectives of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply in a cost-effective way. Long-distance electricity highways will help significantly to overcome the variability of renewable sources of electricity by sharing and distributing those resources throughout the Union. The estimated investment needs in energy infrastructure up to 2020 amount to EUR 1 trillion, including approximately EUR 200 billion in electricity and gas transmission and storage infrastructures considered to be of European relevance. Among projects of European relevance, approximately EUR 100 billion of investments is at risk of not being delivered due to obstacles related to permit granting, regulation and financing, according to the Commission Staff Working Paper submitted to the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council of 10 June 2011, entitled "Energy infrastructure investment needs and financing requirements".

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17) The 4 February 2011 European Council called upon the Commission to streamline and improve authorisation procedures and to promote a regulatory framework attractive to investment. The European Council underlined that the bulk of the investment would have to be delivered by the market with costs recovered through tariffs. The European Council recognised that public finance was needed for projects required from a security of supply or solidarity perspective, which were unable to attract market based financing.

(17) The 4 February 2011 European Council called upon the Commission to streamline, simplify, speed up and improve authorisation procedures and to promote a regulatory framework attractive to investment. The European Council underlined that the bulk of the investment would have to be delivered by the market with costs recovered through tariffs. The European Council recognised that public finance was needed for projects required from a security of supply or solidarity perspective, which were unable to attract market-based financing. It also underlined that major efforts are needed to modernise and expand Europe's energy infrastructure and to interconnect networks across borders, in order to ensure that solidarity between Member States become operational, to provide for alternative supply or transit routes and sources of energy and to develop renewable energy sources in competition with traditional sources.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19) Telecommunications are increasingly becoming internet-based infrastructures, with broadband networks and digital services closely interrelated. The internet is becoming the dominant platform for communication, offering services, and doing business. Therefore the trans-European availability of fast Internet access and digital services is essential for economic growth and the Single Market.

(19) Telecommunications are increasingly becoming internet-based infrastructures, with broadband networks infrastructure catalysing the use of digital services across a whole range of activities in society. The internet is becoming the dominant platform for communication, for doing business, for providing public and private services, and for social and cultural cohesion. Furthermore, cloud computing and software-as-a-service emerge as the new paradigms of computing. Therefore, the trans-European availability of ubiquitous, fast internet access and innovative digital services is essential for economic growth and the single market.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20) Modern, fibre-based internet networks are a crucial infrastructure for the future in terms of connectivity for European companies, in particular SMEs that want to use cloud computing in order to improve cost-efficiency.

(20) Modern, fast internet networks are a crucial infrastructure for the future in terms of connectivity for European companies, in particular SMEs, that want to use cloud computing in order to improve cost-efficiency. In the field of telecommunications, special emphasis will be given to actions which support cloud and ultra-fast wireless networks deployment objectives. In order to avoid duplication of infrastructure, prevent the displacement of private investment and enhance capacity-building to create new investment opportunities and to promote the implementation of cost-reduction measures, actions should be taken to improve coordination of Union support to broadband from the CEF and broadband support from all other available sources, including through national broadband plans.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(21) The Europe 2020 Strategy calls for the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe that establishes a stable legal framework to stimulate investments in an open and competitive high speed internet infrastructure and in related services. The June 2010 European Council endorsed the Digital Agenda for Europe and called upon all institutions to engage in its full implementation.

(21) The Europe 2020 Strategy calls for the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe that establishes a stable legal framework to stimulate investment in an open and competitive high-speed internet infrastructure and in related services. The aim should be for Europe to have the fastest broadband speeds in the world by seeking to ensure that by 2020 Europeans have access to 100 Mbps and that 50% of households in the Union have access to 1 Gbps, where possible, or more.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22) On 31 May 2010, the Council concluded that Europe should put the necessary resources into the development of a digital single market based on fast and ultra fast internet and interoperable applications and acknowledged that efficient and competitive investment in next generation broadband networks would be important for innovation, consumer choice and for the competitiveness of the Union and could provide better quality of life through better health care, safer transport, new media opportunities and easier access to goods and services in particular across borders.

(22) On 31 May 2010, the Council concluded that Europe should put the necessary resources into the development of a digital single market based on fast and ultra-fast internet and interoperable applications, and acknowledged that efficient and competitive investment in next-generation broadband networks would be necessary for innovation, consumer choice and the competitiveness of the Union, and could provide better quality of life through better health care, safer transport, new media opportunities and easier access to goods, services and knowledge, in particular across borders.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23a) Consequently, it is essential to stimulate, in accordance with the principle of technological neutrality, Union-wide deployment of fast and ultra-fast broadband networks and to facilitate the development and deployment of trans-European digital services. Public investment in fast and ultra-fast broadband networks must not lead to market distortions or create disincentives to invest. It should be used to attract private investment and only in cases where there is a lack of commercial interest to invest.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) It is necessary to develop strong and coherent EU-wide networks for the digital delivery of public-good actions, involving both public and civil society actors at national and regional level, and to this end it is essential to ensure the structured EU financing of the costs of the system and software design, as well as maintenance of a resilient hub for such networks, leaving only in-country costs for national operator budgets.

(24) It is necessary to develop strong and coherent Union-wide networks for the digital delivery of public-good actions, involving both public and civil society actors at national, regional and local level, and to this end it is essential to ensure the structured financing by the Union of the costs of the system and software design, as well as the cybersecurity and maintenance of a resilient hub for such networks, leaving only in-country costs for national operator budgets. In order to complete the digital single market, close cooperation and coordination of activities under the CEF with the national and regional broadband actions should be ensured.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25) Several methods of implementation are necessary and require different funding rates to increase the efficiency and impact of the Union financial aid, to encourage private investment, and to respond to the specific requirements of individual projects.

(25) Several methods of implementation are necessary and require different funding rates and financial instruments to increase the efficiency and impact of the Union financial aid, to encourage private investment, and to respond to the specific requirements of individual projects.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28) Generic services in areas of public interest (as core services) are often affected by a strong degree of market failures. Indeed, the areas to be funded relate to public service delivery (eHealth, eIdentity, eProcurement large scale deployment and interoperability) hence not commercial by definition at a starting level. In addition, if only core services are funded, the challenge would be to create the right incentives at Member State and regional level to actually deploy services of public interest: this is due particularly to lack of incentive at national level to link national systems to the core systems (hence develop conditions for interoperability and cross-border services) as well as to the fact that private investors would not alone ensure service deployment within interoperable frameworks.

(28) Generic services in areas of public interest (as core services) are often affected by a strong degree of market failures. Indeed, the areas to be funded relate to public service delivery (eGovernment, eHealth, eIdentity, eLearning, eProcurement and digitisation of the European cultural heritage), large scale deployment and interoperability and are hence, by definition, not commercial at a starting level. In addition, if only core services were funded, the challenge would be to create the right incentives at Member State and regional level to actually deploy services of public interest: this is due particularly to a lack of incentives at national level to link national systems to the core systems (and hence to develop conditions for interoperability and cross-border services) as well as to the fact that private investors would not alone ensure service deployment within interoperable frameworks. Projects of common interest relating to cross-border delivery of eGovernment services should take into account the 25 recommendations of the European Interoperability Framework for European public services (EIF) that address specific interoperability requirements, as well as the possibility of using open-source solutions already implemented in the public sector throughout Europe.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 29 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(29a) The deployment of cross-border services by the establishment of electronic procedures for moving from one European country to another will make it possible to deal electronically with all necessary administrative procedures, facilitating the mobility of Europeans while making it less costly. Consequently, those services have the potential to improve the ease with which Europeans can work, study and reside in any Member State, through single contact points for registration of changes of address with all public authorities in the target country (local authority, school, doctor, police, etc.) using the source-country electronic identity.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(30) Horizon 2020 – the future Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will focus among others on tackling societal challenges (e.g. smart, green and integrated transport, and secure, clean and efficient energy, and information and communication technology-enabled health, government and sustainable development) in order to respond directly to the challenges identified in the Europe 2020 Strategy by supporting activities covering the entire spectrum from research to market. Horizon 2020 will support all stages in the innovation chain, especially activities closer to the market including innovative financial instruments. With the aim to achieve a greater impact of the Union funding and in order to ensure coherence, the Connecting Europe Facility will develop close synergies with Horizon 2020.

(30) Horizon 2020 – the future Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will focus inter alia on tackling societal challenges (e.g. smart, green, accessible and integrated transport, secure, clean and efficient energy, and information- and communication technology-enabled health, government and sustainable development) in order to respond directly to the challenges identified in the Europe 2020 Strategy by supporting activities covering the entire spectrum from research to market. Horizon 2020 will support all stages in the innovation chain, especially activities closer to the market including innovative financial instruments. Furthermore, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) pursues the same objectives in tackling those societal challenges, focusing on the exploitation of research results and the development of innovative products and services. With the aim of ensuring that the Union funding has a greater impact, and in order to ensure coherence, the CEF will develop close synergies with Horizon 2020 and the EIT.

Justification

With the presence of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe, the ageing of the population, and the environmental issues, accessibility of transport has become a crucial societal challenge.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(30a) In its Communication entitled "Towards a European road safety area: policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020", the Commission set a framework for policy actions in favour of safe infrastructure as a key element to reduce road casualties by 50% by 2020. The CEF should therefore ensure that requests for Union funding comply with the safety requirements, recommendations and targets established in all relevant Union legislation on road safety. The evaluation of the performance of the CEF should take into account the reduction of casualties on the road network of the EU 27.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Recitals 32 to 39 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(32) The financial instruments to be implemented under this Regulation should reflect the rules provided in Title VIII of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [New financial regulation] and the Delegated Act and in line with best practice rules applicable to financial instruments.

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(33) Fiscal measures in many Member States will drive or have already driven public authorities to reassess their infrastructure investment programmes. In this context, PPPs have been viewed as an effective means of delivering infrastructure projects ensuring the achievement of policy objectives such as combating climate change; promoting alternative energy sources as well as energy and resource efficiency, supporting sustainable transport and the deployment of broadband networks. The Commission committed in its PPP Communication of 19 November 2009 to improving access to finance for PPPs by broadening the scope of existing financial instruments.

 

(34) Even though the bulk of the investment under Europe 2020 Strategy can be delivered by markets and regulatory measures, the financing challenge require public interventions and Union support by grants and innovative financial instruments. Financial instruments should be used to address specific market needs, in line with the objectives of the Connecting Europe Facility, and should not crowd out private financing. Before deciding to use financial instruments, the Commission should carry out ex-ante assessments of these instruments.

(34) Even though a large proportion of the investment under the Europe 2020 Strategy can be delivered by markets and regulatory measures, the financing challenges require public interventions and Union support by grants and innovative financial instruments.

 

(34a) To optimise utilisation of the Union's budget in the form of grants, these should be reserved for projects that generate little or no income.

 

(34b) In order to ensure equality between, on the one hand, transport projects that already apply the 'user pays' principle on a mandatory basis and, on the other hand, those that do not levy charges on users, the Union should also provide financing through grants for transport projects that generate income.

 

(34c) Fiscal measures in Member States should drive public authorities to promote renewable energy sources as well as energy efficiency and resource efficiency.

 

(34d) Fiscal measures in many Member States or regions with devolved powers will drive, or have already driven, public authorities to reassess their infrastructure investment programmes. In this context, public-private partnerships (PPPs) should function as an effective means of delivering infrastructure projects ensuring the achievement of policy objectives such as combating climate change, promoting renewable energies and energy and resource efficiency, supporting sustainable transport and the deployment of broadband networks. The Commission committed in its PPP Communication of 19 November 2009 to improving access to finance for PPPs by broadening the scope of existing financial instruments.

(35) The EU Budget Review emphasised that the norm for projects with long-term commercial potential should be the use of Union funds in partnership with the financial and banking sectors, particularly the European Investment Bank (‘'EIB'’) and Member States public financial institutions, but also with other international financial institutions and the private financial sector.

(35) The EU Budget Review emphasised that the norm for projects with long-term commercial potential should be the use of Union funds in partnership with the financial and banking sectors, particularly the European Investment Bank (‘'EIB'’) and Member States' public financial institutions, but also with other international financial institutions and the private financial sector, including at national and regional level. The partnering arrangements need to emphasise local knowledge and the relationship between projects and financial intermediaries.

 

(35a) Financial instruments should be used to address specific market needs, for actions which have a clear European added value and which are in line with the objectives of the CEF, and should not crowd out private financing. They should improve the leverage effect of the Union's budget spending and achieve a higher multiplier effect in terms of attracting private-sector financing. This is particularly relevant in the context of difficulties in accessing credit and constraints on public finances, and in view of the need to underpin Europe's economic recovery. Before deciding to use financial instruments, the Commission should carry out an ex-ante assessment of the instrument concerned, in order to verify that a sub-optimal investment situation exists and that the instrument will not create distortions in the market. Furthermore, projects financed using an innovative financial instrument should be of European added value and should be in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

(36) In the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Commission pledged to mobilise Union financial instruments as part of a consistent funding strategy, that pulls together Union and national public and private funding for infrastructures. This is based on the rationale that in many cases sub-optimal investment situations and market imperfections may be more efficiently tackled by financial instruments than by grants.

 

(37) The Connecting Europe Facility should propose financial instruments to promote substantial participation by the private sector investors and financial institutions in infrastructure investment. To be sufficiently attractive to the private sector, financial instruments should be designed and implemented with due regard to simplification and reduction of administrative burden, while with a level of flexibility in mind to be able to respond to identified financing needs in a flexible manner. The design of these instruments should draw from the experience gained in the implementation of financial instruments in the 2007-2013 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, such as the Loan Guarantee instrument for TEN-T projects (LGTT), the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) and the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure (the ‘'Marguerite Fund'’).

(37) The CEF should propose financial instruments to promote substantial participation by private sector-investors and financial institutions in infrastructure investment. To be sufficiently attractive to the private sector, financial instruments should be designed and implemented with due regard to simplification and reduction of administrative burdens, but at the same time with a sufficient level of flexibility to be able to respond to identified financing needs in a flexible manner. The responsible management authorities should create the necessary incentives for attracting private investors. The design of these instruments should draw upon the experience gained in the implementation of financial instruments in the 2007-2013 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, such as the Loan Guarantee instrument for TEN-T projects (LGTT), the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF), the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (the ‘'Marguerite Fund'’) and the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative.

 

(37a) Those innovative financial instruments, such as project bonds, can give a boost to the financing of transport infrastructure with European added value. Their use should therefore be strongly encouraged, in order to use the Union's budget in the most efficient way.

(38) While most financial instruments should be common for all sectors, some may be specific for individual sectors. Commission services estimate that while the financial support for broadband would primarily rely on financial instruments, for transport and energy the volume of Union budgetary resources required for financial instruments should not exceed EUR 2 billion and EUR 1 billion respectively.

(38) When selecting the most effective form of financial aid, due consideration should be given to the sector- and project-specific characteristics of eligible projects.

(39) In order to ensure sectorial diversification of beneficiaries of financial instruments as well as encourage gradual geographical diversification across the Member States, the Commission in partnership with the EIB, through joint initiatives such as the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and Jaspers, should provide support to the Member States in developing an appropriate pipeline of projects that could be considered for project financing.

(39) In order to ensure sectorial diversification of beneficiaries of financial instruments as well as to encourage gradual geographical diversification across the Member States, and with particular attention to those Member States which are eligible for support from the Cohesion Fund, the Commission in partnership with the EIB, through joint initiatives such as the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and Jaspers, should provide support to the Member States in developing an appropriate pipeline of projects that could be considered for project financing.

 

(39a) The financial instruments to be implemented under this Regulation should reflect the rules laid down in Title VIII of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union1 and the Delegated Act and in line with best practice rules applicable to financial instruments2.

 

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1 OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

 

2 COM(2011)xxx, A framework for the next generation of financial instruments.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(41) Multi-annual programming for support from the Facility should be directed towards supporting the Union's priorities by ensuring the availability of the necessary financial resources and the consistency and continuity of joint action by the Union and the Member States. For proposals submitted following the implementation of the first multiannual work programme in the sector of transport, eligibility of cost should start on 1 January 2014 to ensure the continuity of projects already covered by Regulation (EC) No 680/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of the trans-European transport and energy networks.

(41) Multi-annual programming for support from the CEF should be directed towards supporting the Union's priorities by ensuring the availability of the necessary financial resources and the consistency, fairness, transparency and continuity of joint action by the Union and the Member States. For proposals submitted following the implementation of the first multiannual work programme in the sector of transport, eligibility of cost should start on 1 January 2014 to ensure the continuity of projects already covered by Regulation (EC) No 680/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of the trans-European transport and energy networks.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 42 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(42a) Given the limited resources available at Union level, concentration on projects with the highest European added value is necessary in order to achieve the desired impact. In the transport sector, Union support should be earmarked for the core network (and in particular the core network corridors) and projects of common interest in the field of traffic management systems. In the energy sector, financial aid should focus on completing the internal energy market, ensuring security of supply, ensuring the transmission of renewable electricity from generation to centres of demand and storage, and attracting private investment. In the telecom sector, financial aid should primarily be targeted at projects that will generate demand for broadband, including the building of a European digital service infrastructure, which should in turn stimulate investment in broadband network deployment.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 42 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(42b) In the energy sector, a significant part of the budget envisaged should be allocated in the form of financial instruments. Projects of common interest in the telecom sector should be eligible for Union financial support in the form of grants for generic services and horizontal priorities including programme support actions, and in the form of grants and procurement for core service platforms. Actions in the field of broadband deployment, including actions generating demand for broadband, should be eligible for Union financial support in the form of financial instruments.

Justification

Given the specificity of the energy and telecom sectors and in order to avoid market distortions and for the most cost efficient use with the highest leverage effect of the EU funds, the financial support should to a large extend rely on financial instruments.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(43) Mid-term and ex-post evaluations should be carried out by the Commission in order to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the funding and its impact on the overall goals of the Facility and the Europe 2020 Strategy's priorities.

(43) Mid-term and ex-post evaluations should be carried out by the Commission and communicated to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions in order to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the funding and its impact on the overall goals of the CEF and the priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Commission should make public, and update at least annually, information about the specific projects under the CEF.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(44) On the basis of the sector specific guidelines laid down in separate Regulations, a list of priority areas for which this Regulation should apply has been drawn up and should be included in the Annex. In order to take into account possible changes in political priorities and technological capabilities, as well as traffic flows, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of adopting amendments to the Annex. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

(44) On the basis of the sector-specific guidelines laid down in separate Regulations, a list of priority areas for which this Regulation should apply has been drawn up and should be included in the Annex. In order to take into account possible changes in political priorities and technological capabilities, as well as traffic flows, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of adopting amendments to the Annex. The Commission should carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 47

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(47) The financial interests of the European Union should be protected through proportionate measures throughout the expenditure cycle, including the prevention, detection and investigation of irregularities, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used and, where appropriate, penalties.

(47) The financial interests of the Union should be protected through proportionate measures throughout the expenditure cycle, including the prevention, detection and investigation of irregularities, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used and, where appropriate, the imposition of penalties. Parliament should be kept informed of all such measures, at all stages and with full transparency.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 47 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(47a) The form of the contract to be concluded between the parties should be consistent with the basis for and the circumstances of the project, and should guarantee broad and fair competition for projects co-funded under the CEF which are the subject of public procurement procedures.

 

In order to secure the most economically advantageous price and ensure that the project is carried out as efficiently as possible, the basic terms of the contract should be fair and reflect the risks associated with the project, irrespective of national or international standards.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 47 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(47b) In order to guarantee broad and fair competition for projects funded under the CEF, the form of the contract should be consistent with the aims and circumstances of the project. The terms of the contract should be drafted in such a way as to ensure a fair spread of the risks associated with the work to be carried out, in order to maximise cost-effectiveness and ensure that the work is performed as efficiently as possible. This principle should apply irrespective of whether a national or international contract model is used.

Justification

There is a growing trend among contracting authorities in some Member States to replace general terms and conditions with specific terms and conditions and thus alter the risk-spread arrangements in the context of public projects. Changes of this kind have an adverse impact not only on the contractual position of the firm or body carrying out the project, but also on the general competition environment in the countries concerned and on the project itself.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 47 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(47c) In order to ensure broad and fair competition for projects benefitting from CEF funds, tenders must be based on fair and transparent contract conditions and the form of contract used must be appropriate to the project's objectives and circumstances.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 48

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(48) Some of the infrastructure projects of Union interest might need to link with and pass through neighbourhood, pre-accession and other third countries. The Connecting Europe Facility should offer simplified means of linking and financing these infrastructures, in order to ensure coherence between internal and external instruments of the Union budget.

(48) Some of the infrastructure projects of Union interest might need to link with and pass through neighbourhood, pre-accession and other third countries in areas such as in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, which has substantial solar energy that could be imported into the Union via long-distance electricity connections. The CEF must offer simplified means of linking and financing these infrastructures, in order to ensure coherence between internal and external instruments of the Union budget. There needs to be proper coordination between the Commission directorates-general involved, so as to ensure that no barriers are placed in the way of these projects, in particular Motorways of the Sea projects.

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 48 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(48a) The participation of undertakings established in third countries is a prerequisite for achieving the objectives of the CEF, in view of the experience and technical know-how which they can bring to the projects. Particular attention must, however, be drawn to the need for such undertakings to comply with labour, social and environmental law. This is a growing demand from European society. The Commission should therefore be given the means to carry out this task, with a view to promoting fair competition between Union undertakings and third countries.

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 48 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(48b) Participation in Union-financed projects by undertakings established in third countries must be matched by a requirement for reciprocity in trade relations. Therefore Union undertakings must have access to similar opportunities in the third countries concerned.

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Subject matter

Subject-matter and scope

This Regulation establishes the Connecting Europe Facility and determines the conditions, methods and procedures for providing Union financial aid to trans-European networks in order to support projects in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures.

This Regulation establishes the Connecting Europe Facility and determines the conditions, methods and procedures for providing Union financial aid to trans-European networks, and the resources to be made available under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 and their governing instruments, in order to support projects of common interest in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures and to exploit synergies between those sectors.

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) ‘cross-border section’ means the section, which ensures the continuity of a project of common interest between at least two Member States or between a Member State and a neighbouring country;

(2) ‘cross-border section’ means the section which ensures the continuity of a project of common interest between the nearest urban nodes, as defined in point (o) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], on both sides of the border of two Member States or between a Member State and a neighbouring country;

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) "neighbouring country" means a country falling within the ambit of the European Neighbourhood Policy, including the Strategic Partnership, the Enlargement Policy, the European Economic Area or the European Free Trade Association;

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 2 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2b) "third country" means any neighbouring country and all other countries with which the Union may cooperate to achieve the objectives pursued by this Regulation;

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) "studies" means activities needed to prepare project implementation, such as preparatory, feasibility, evaluation, testing and validation studies,  including in the form of software, and any other technical support measure, including prior action to define and develop a project and decide on its financing, such as reconnaissance of the sites concerned and preparation of the financial package;

(4) "studies" means activities needed to prepare project implementation, such as preparatory, mapping, feasibility, evaluation, testing and validation studies, including in the form of software, and any other technical support measure, including prior action to define and develop a project and decide on its financing, such as reconnaissance of the sites concerned and preparation of the financial package;

Justification

Mapping, and in particular broadband mapping needs to be included in this definition of 'studies' which is financed through grants.

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) ‘programme support actions’ means accompanying measures necessary for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility and individual sector specific guidelines, such as services (notably technical assistance), as well as preparatory, feasibility, coordination, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required directly for the management of this facility and the achievement of its objectives, and in particular studies, meetings, information, infrastructure mapping, twinning, dissemination, awareness raising and communication actions, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information exchange, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses that may be required for the management of this facility or implementation of the individual sector specific guidelines;

(5) ‘programme support actions’ means all accompanying measures necessary for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility and individual sector-specific guidelines, such as services (notably technical and financial engineering assistance), as well as preparatory, feasibility, coordination, monitoring, consultation of interested parties, control, audit and evaluation activities, which are required in order to facilitate the preparation of projects of common interest notably in Cohesion countries with a view to obtaining financing under this Regulation or on the financial market, or directly for the management of the facility hereby established and the achievement of its objectives. This shall include in particular studies, meetings, information, infrastructure mapping, dissemination, awareness-raising, communication and concerted actions, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information exchange about the facility, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission that may be required for the management of the facility or implementation of the individual sector-specific guidelines;

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) "action" means any activity that is necessary to implement a project of common interest and is independent financially, technically or over time;

(6) "action": means any activity that is necessary to implement a project of common interest, is identifiable financially and technically and has a set time-frame;

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) "implementing body" means a public or private undertaking or body designated by a beneficiary, where the latter is a Member State or an international organisation, to implement the action. Such designation shall be decided by the beneficiary under its own responsibility and, if it requires the award of a procurement contract, in compliance with the applicable public procurement rules;

(9) "implementing body": means a public or private undertaking or body designated by a beneficiary, where the latter is a Member State or an international organisation, to implement the action. Such designation shall be decided by the beneficiary under its own responsibility and, if it requires the award of a procurement contract, in compliance with the applicable Union public procurement rules;

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) "comprehensive network" means the transport infrastructure identified in accordance with Chapter II of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) ‘bottleneck’ means a physical barrier that leads to a system break affecting the continuity of long-distance flows. Such a barrier can be absorbed by new infrastructure such as bridges or tunnels that address problems as for example gradients, curve radii, gauge. The need to upgrade existing infrastructure shall not be considered as a bottleneck;

(12) ‘bottleneck’ means a physical and/or functional barrier in the field of transport that leads to a system break affecting the continuity of long-distance flows and which can be surmounted by creating new infrastructure, or substantially upgrading existing infrastructure, that could bring significant improvements which will solve the bottleneck constraints;

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 20 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(20a) “synergies between sectors” means the existence across at least two of the three sectors covered by this Regulation (transport, energy and telecommunications) of similar or complementary actions that enable costs and/or results to be optimised through the pooling of financial, technical and/or human resources;

Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 20 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(20b) 'isolated network' means the rail network of a Member State, or a part thereof, as defined by point (qq) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T guidelines].

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – introductory wording

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Connecting Europe Facility shall enable the preparation and implementation of projects of common interest within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the sectors of energy, transport and telecommunications. In particular the Connecting Europe Facility shall support the implementation of projects aiming at the development and construction of new or upgrading of existing infrastructure in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications. To this end, the Connecting Europe Facility shall pursue the following objectives:

The Connecting Europe Facility shall enable the preparation and implementation of projects of common interest within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the sectors of energy, transport and telecommunications. In particular the Connecting Europe Facility shall support the implementation of projects aiming at the development and construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrading of existing infrastructure, in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications and giving priority to missing infrastructure. To this end, the Connecting Europe Facility shall pursue the following objectives:

 

 

 

 

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support and by exploiting synergies across the sectors. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation.

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy, by developing modern and high-performing trans-European networks which take into account future traffic flows, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire Union in terms of improving competitiveness on the global market and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the single market, and creating an environment more conducive to private, public or public-private investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support where projects could benefit from a blending of instruments. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of private, public or public-private investment in projects of common interest and, inter alia, those realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation;

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enable the Union to achieve its targets of a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in energy efficiency and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% up to 2020, while ensuring greater solidarity among Member States.

(b) enable the Union to achieve its sustainable development targets, including a minimum 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels and a 20% increase in energy efficiency, and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% by 2020, thus contributing to the Union's mid-term and long-term objectives in terms of decarbonisation, while ensuring greater solidarity among Member States;

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) increase the efficiency of the resources deployed under this Regulation. Attainment of this objective will be assessed in terms of the economies of scale made by the Commission at a financial, technical and human level when managing the Connecting Europe Facility and, where applicable, of the total number of projects harnessing the synergies between the sectors;

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(bb) contribute to supporting projects with a European added value and significant societal benefits which do not receive adequate financing from the market.

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – introductory wording

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Further to the general objectives set out under Article 3, the Connecting Europe Facility should contribute to achieving the following sector specific objectives:

1. Without prejudice to the general objectives set out under Article 3, the Connecting Europe Facility shall contribute to achieving the following sector-specific objectives:

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, to be measured by the number of new and improved cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks on transport routes which have benefited from the Connecting Europe Facility;

(i) removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, in particular on cross-border sections, to be measured by the number of new and improved cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks for all modes on transport routes which have benefited from the Connecting Europe Facility;

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) ensuring sustainable and efficient transport in the long run, to be measured by the length of the conventional railway network in the EU-27 and the length of high-speed railway network in the EU-27;

(ii) ensuring sustainable and efficient transport in the long run, to be measured by the length of the railway and inland waterway network created or upgraded to the core network requirements set out in Article 45(2) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and by the number of supply points in alternative sources of energy for vehicles using the core road network in the EU-27;

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) optimise the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing interoperability of transport services. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the number of ports and airports connected to the railway network.

(iii) optimise the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhance the multimodality and accessibility of transport services. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the number of inland and maritime ports and airports connected to the railway network, and by the number of multimodal logistics platforms and 'Motorways of the Sea' created;

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiia) optimise the interoperability and safety of transport modes. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the number of kilometres fitted with intelligent transport systems (ERTMS and RIS), the number of kilometres of line adapted to the European nominal gauge standard and the level of deployment of ITS for the road sector, SESAR and VTMIS;

Amendment  62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiib) preparing for future transport flows;

Amendment  63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiic) enabling all modes of transport to be decarbonised through transition to innovative low-carbon and energy-efficient transport technologies as well as the introduction of alternative propulsion systems and the provision of the adequate infrastructure required to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and transport system.

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders, including by ensuring that no Member State is isolated from the European network, to be measured by the number of projects effectively interconnecting Member states networks and removing internal bottlenecks;

(i) increasing competitiveness by promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders, including by ensuring that no Member State is isolated from the European network or dependent on a single source, to be measured by the number of projects effectively contributing to competition between sources of supply and price convergence in the gas market by interconnecting Member States' networks and removing internal bottlenecks;

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) enhancing Union security of supply, to be measured by the evolution of system resiliance and security of system operations as well as number of projects allowing diversification of supply sources, supplying counterparts and routes;

(ii) enhancing Union security of supply in both the electricity sector and the gas sector, to be measured by the evolution of system resilience, efficiency and security of system operations, and by the deployment of smart grids, the optimal utilisation of energy infrastructure assets and the integration of renewable energy sources, as well as the number of projects allowing diversification of supply sources, supplying counterparts and routes;

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission network and developing carbon dioxide networks, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centers and storage sites, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from the Connecting Europe Facility.

(iii) contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission and distribution network, improving energy efficiency and developing smart energy networks and carbon dioxide networks, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centres and storage sites, the proportion of demand response enabled, the number of smart electricity grids, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from the Connecting Europe Facility, as well as the total output from the renewable energy sources integrated into the European energy system.

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-i) stimulating and generating demand for broadband services by promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national public services online as well as access to such networks, to be measured by the percentage of citizens and businesses using public services online and the availability of such services across borders;

(i) accelerating the deployment of fast and ultrafast broadband networks and their uptake, including by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to be measured by the level of broadband and ultrafast broadband coverage and the number of households having subscribed for broadband connections for above 100 Mbps;

(i) accelerating the deployment of fast and ultrafast broadband networks and their uptake, in order to meet existing and rising demand, close the digital divide and promote competitiveness, jobs and growth, including by connecting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to be measured by the level of broadband coverage and the number of households having subscribed for broadband connections at speeds of 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps and above;

Amendment  68

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR 50 000 000 0001 . That amount shall be distributed among the sectors referred to in Article 3 as follows:

1. The estimated investment requirement for trans-European networks in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors for the period up to 2020 is EUR 970 000 000 000. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be [EUR 50 000 000 0001]. That amount shall be distributed among the sectors referred to in Article 3 as follows:

(a) transport: EUR 31 694 000 000, out of which EUR 10 000 000 000 shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with this Regulation in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund;

(a) transport: [EUR 31 694 000 000], of which [EUR 10 000 000 000] shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with this Regulation exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund;

(b) energy: EUR 9 121 000 000;

(b) energy: [EUR 9 121 000 000];

(c) telecommunications: EUR 9 185 000 000.

(c) telecommunications: [EUR 9 185 000 000].

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1 All figures in constant 2011 prices. The corresponding amounts, expressed in current prices, can be found in the Legislative Financial Statement.

1 Pending agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020.

Amendment  69

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The financial envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility may cover expenses pertaining to, preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the Programme and the achievement of its objectives, in particular studies, meetings of experts, as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information processing and exchange, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the Programme.

2. The financial envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility shall cover expenses pertaining to:

 

(a) actions in support of projects of common interest, as defined in Article 7;

 

(b) programme support actions, as defined in point (5) of Article 2, up to 1.5%;

The financial allocation may also cover the technical and administrative assistance expenses necessary to ensure the transition between the Programme and the measures adopted under Regulation (EC) No 680/2007. If necessary, appropriations could be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

(c) the technical and administrative assistance expenses necessary to ensure the transition between the Programme and the measures adopted under Regulation (EC) No 680/2007.

Amendment  70

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Following the mid-term evaluation according to Article 26(1), the Commission may transfer appropriations between the sectors of the allocation set out in paragraph 1, with the exception of the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States.

3. Following the mid-term evaluation according to Article 26(1), the European Parliament and the Council may, upon a proposal by the Commission and after consultation of the committees concerned, transfer appropriations between the sectors of the allocation set out in paragraph 1, with the exception of the [EUR 10 000 000 000]1 transferred from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States.

 

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1 Pending agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020.

Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. The annual commitments shall be subject to the approval of the European Parliament and the Council, within the limits of the Multiannual Financial Framework.

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The work programmes shall establish the forms of grants, procurements and financial instruments that may be used to fund the envisaged priorities.

Amendment  73

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission may entrust part of the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility to the bodies set out in Article 55(1)(c) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation].

2. The Commission may, subject to an impact assessment, entrust part of the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility to the bodies referred to in Article 55(1)(a) and Article 59 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 and notably to the TEN-T Executive Agency, gearing this to the optimum management and efficiency requirements of the Connecting Europe Facility in the three sectors.

Amendment  74

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In the field of transport, only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and programme support actions, shall be eligible for support through Union financial aid in the form of procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation. In the form of grants, only the following actions shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid under this Regulation:

In the field of transport, only actions contributing to projects of common interest in accordance with Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and programme support actions shall be eligible for support through Union financial aid in the form of procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation. In the form of grants, only the following actions shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid under this Regulation:

(a) actions implementing the core network according to Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], including the deployment of new technologies and innovation according to Article 39 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(a) actions implementing the core network in accordance with Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], including the deployment of new technologies and innovation in accordance with that Regulation, and priorities pre-identified in Part 1 of the Annex to this Regulation;

(b) studies for projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(b) studies for projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] as well as for the cross-border priority projects defined in Annex III to Decision No 661/2010/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network1;

(c) actions supporting projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(a) and (d) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(c) actions supporting projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(a) and (d) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

 

(ca) actions supporting urban nodes of the core network;

(d) actions supporting traffic management systems in accordance with Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(d) actions supporting traffic management systems in accordance with Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(e) actions supporting freight transport services in accordance with Article 38 of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(e) actions supporting freight transport services in accordance with Article 38 of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(f) actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock;

(f) actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, in concertation with, inter alia, the railway industry;

(g) programme support actions.

(g) programme support actions.

Transport-related actions involving a cross-border section or a part of such a section shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid if there is a written agreement between the Member States concerned or between the Member States and third countries concerned relating to the completion of the cross-border section. Exceptionally, when a project is necessary to link to the network of a neighbouring Member State or a third country but does not actually cross the border, the written agreement referred to above shall not be required.

Transport-related actions involving a cross-border section or a part of such a section shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid if a written agreement is concluded between the Member States concerned or between the Member States and third countries concerned relating to the realisation or completion of the cross-border section.

Grant funding for projects with significant user-based revenue sources shall be primarily available for purposes of project preparation, in particular PPP assessment.

 

 

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1 OJ L 204, 5.8.2010, p. 1.

Amendment  75

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. In the field of energy, the specific eligibility conditions of actions implementing projects of common interest for Union financial aid in the form of financial instruments and grants under this Regulation are set out in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure].

3. In the field of energy, the specific eligibility conditions of actions implementing projects of common interest for Union financial support in the form of financial instruments and grants under this Regulation are set out in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure].

 

The financial envelope envisaged for the energy sector in point (b) of Article 5(1) shall prioritise the use of financial instruments in order to enhance the multiplier effect of Union financial support, in accordance with Articles 14 and 15 of this Regulation.

 

To that end, the Commission shall ensure that financial support is allocated mainly through financial instruments, subject to sufficient market take-up.

 

Grants shall be used for actions which, according to the project's business plan and other assessments carried out, notably by potential investors, creditors or the national regulatory authority, are not commercially viable and for which a financial instrument would not be sufficient to lead to a positive investment decision.

 

Furthermore, the selection should reflect the degree to which the project contributes to one or more of the relevant objectives:

 

promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders, with an emphasis on ending energy isolation;

 

enhancing the Union's security of energy supply, by enhancing system resilience and security of systems operation;

 

contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, inter alia by ensuring transmission of renewable electricity from generation to major consumption centres and storage sites.

Amendment  76

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. For the first two work programmes, priority consideration shall be given to projects and actions aiming at ending energy isolation and eliminating energy bottlenecks, while at least 75% of the total financial allocation envisaged for the energy sector under this Regulation shall be assigned to electricity infrastructure projects.

 

Additionally, the Connecting Europe Facility shall also support projects relating to renewable energy and smart electricity networks (at transmission and distribution level) through risk-sharing facilities that form part of the financial instruments described in Article 14(3)

Amendment  77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. In the field of telecommuniation, all actions implementing the projects of common interest and programme support actions set out in the Annex of the Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines] shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid in the form of a grant, procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation.

4. In the field of telecommunication, actions implementing the projects of common interest and programme support actions referred to in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines] shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid as follows:

 

generic services, core service platforms and programme support actions shall be financed though grants and/or procurement;

 

actions in the field of broadband networks shall be financed as a rule through financial instruments;

 

actions in the field of broadband networks may also be financed through grants, for projects which reduce the digital divide by connecting rural, mountainous, remote or sparsely populated regions or island, landlocked and peripheral regions, provided that granting aid through a financial instrument would not be sufficient to lead to a positive investment decision.

Amendment  78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. Actions implementing projects of common interest with synergies between at least two of the sectors covered by the Connecting Europe Facility and listed in section a) of Part III of the Annex hereto, shall be eligible to receive financial aid from the Union under this Regulation.

Amendment  79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Work Programmes shall establish the forms of grants that may be used to fund the actions concerned.

The work programmes referred to in Article 17 shall establish the forms of grants that may be used to fund the actions concerned.

Amendment  80

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Expenditure related to environmental studies on the protection of the environment and on compliance with the Union acquis may be eligible.

5. Expenditure related to environmental studies on the protection of the environment and on compliance with the Union acquis shall be eligible.

Justification

Environmental Impact Assessment as required in provisions of directive 85/337 and 2001/42 are unavoidable and compulsory steps to be undertaken and duly eligible.

Amendment  81

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Expenditure related to the purchase of land shall not be an eligible cost.

6. Expenditure related to the purchase of land shall not be an eligible cost, except in the case of projects supported by amounts transferred from the Cohesion Fund.

Amendment  82

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Where it is needed to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest, third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions contributing to the projects of common interest.

4. Where necessary in order to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest and where duly motivated, third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions contributing to projects of common interest, in particular regarding diversification of supply sources and security of supply in the energy sector.

Amendment  83

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

They may not receive funding under this Regulation, except where it is indispensable to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest.

They may not receive funding in the form of grants under this Regulation, except where it is indispensable to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest and following verification that it is not possible for the action to be supported by other forms of financial aid under the Connecting Europe Facility or under other Union programmes. With particular reference to Motorways of the Sea projects, the Commission shall create conditions conducive to the development of such projects with third countries in the enlargement area.

Amendment  84

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

When it is necessary to implement more effectively relevant actions contributing to projects of common interest in third countries according to Regulations (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], (EU) No XXX/2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure] and (EU) XXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines], funding under this Regulation may be pooled together with funding covered by other relevant Union regulations. In such a case the Commission may decide, through an implementing act, on a single set of rules that should apply for implementation.

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Amendment  85

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Multiannual and annual Work Programmes may provide additional specific rules on submissions of proposals.

6. Multiannual and annual work programmes referred to in Article 17, may provide additional specific rules on submissions of proposals.

Amendment  86

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10– paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(i) rail and inland waterways: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost; the funding rate may be increased to 30% for actions addressing bottlenecks; the funding rate may be increased to 40% for actions concerning cross-border sections;

(i) for rail and road networks in the case of Member States with no railway network established in their territory or in the case of a Member State with an isolated network as defined in point (qq) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] without long distance rail freight transport: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost; the funding rate may be increased to 30% for actions addressing bottlenecks; the funding rate may be increased to 40% for actions concerning cross-border sections and for actions enhancing rail interoperability;

 

(ia) for inland waterways : the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 30% of the eligible cost; the funding rate may be increased to 40% for actions addressing bottlenecks and for actions concerning cross-border sections;

(ii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, as well as development of ports and multi-modal platforms: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

(ii) inland transport connections to inland and maritime ports and airports, as well as development of ports and multi-modal platforms: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost;

 

(iia) actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost up to a combined ceiling of 1% of the budgetary resources referred to in point (a) of Article 5(1);

 

(iib) better accessibility to transport (infrastructure and services) for disabled persons: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 30% of the eligible cost of adaptation works, which shall not exceed in any case 10% of the total eligible cost of works.

Amendment  87

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10– paragraph 2 – point c and point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS): the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), River Information Services (RIS), Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information Systems (VTMIS), SESAR and road traffic management systems (ITS): for land-based components the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost; for onboard equipment the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 40% of the eligible cost for ERTMS and 20% of the eligible cost for RIS, VTMIS, SESAR and ITS for the road sector up to a combined ceiling of 5% of the budgetary resources referred to in point (a) of Article 5(1);

(ii) traffic management systems, freight transport services, secure parkings on the road core network, as well as actions to support the development of Motorways of the Seas: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

(ii) freight and combined transport services and secure parking areas on the road core network: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost;

 

(iia) actions to support the development of Motorways of the Sea: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 30% of the eligible cost;

 

(ca) with regard to grants for actions supporting new technologies and innovation for all modes of transport: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

Amendment  88

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 3 – points a and b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost of studies and/or works;

(a) the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost of studies and 40% of the eligible cost of works;

(b) co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 80% for actions which based on the evidence referred to in Article 15(2) (a) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure], provide a high degree of regional or Union-wide security of supply, or strengthen solidarity of the Union or comprise highly innovative solutions.

(b) co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 70% for actions which, based on the evidence referred to in Article 7, provide a high degree of regional or Union-wide security of supply or strengthen solidarity of the Union and/or contribute to sustainable development and protection of the environment, in particular smart grids.

Amendment  89

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) actions in the field of broadband networks: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;

(a) actions in the field of broadband networks: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 40% of the eligible cost;

Amendment  90

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Co-financing rates mentioned above may be increased by up to 10 percentage points for actions having cross-sector synergies, reaching climate mitigation objectives, enhancing climate resilience or reducing the greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Co-financing rates may be increased by up to 10 percentage points over the percentages laid down in paragraphs 2. 3 and 4 for actions with synergies between at least two of the sectors covered by the Connecting Europe Facility.

This increase should not apply to co-financing rates referred to in Article 11.

This increase should not apply to co-financing rates referred to in Article 11.

 

For these actions, the Union financial aid shall be drawn from the sectoral budgets provided for in Article 5(1), and weighted in accordance with their relative involvement in the action.

 

The Commission shall propose in the annual and multiannual programmes referred to in Article 17 the criteria for the granting of the co-financing rates laid down in this Article. For that purpose, it shall develop a methodology for the assessment of those criteria.

Amendment  91

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. The amount of financial aid to be granted to the actions selected will be modulated based on a cost-benefit analysis of each project, availability of budget resources, and the need to maximise the leverage of EU funding.

6. The amount of financial aid to be granted to the actions selected may be modulated based on a cost-benefit analysis of each project, availability of budget resources, and the need to maximise the leverage of EU funding.

Amendment  92

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraphs 1, 2 and 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. As regards the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, specific calls shall be launched for projects implementing the core network exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund.

1. As regards the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, specific calls shall be launched for projects implementing the core network (and in particular the core network corridors) or related to horizontal priorities exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund.

2. Applicable rules for the transport sector under this Regulation shall apply to these specific calls. When implementing these calls, greatest possible priority shall be given to projects respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

2. Applicable rules for the transport sector under this Regulation shall apply to these specific calls. Until 31 December 2016, the selection of projects eligible for financing shall respect the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund. As of 1 January 2017, resources transferred to the Connecting Europe Facility which have not been committed to a transport infrastructure project shall be made available to all Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport infrastructure projects in accordance with this Regulation.

 

2a. In order to support Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund which may experience difficulties in designing projects that are of sufficient maturity and/or quality and which have sufficient added value for the Union, particular attention shall be given to programme support actions under the Connecting Europe Facility aimed at strengthening institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services in relation to the development and implementation of projects listed in Annex 1 to this Regulation. To ensure the highest possible absorption of the transferred funds in all Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, the Commission may organise additional calls.

Amendment  93

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. By the way of derogation from Article 10, and as regards the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, the maximum funding rates shall be those applicable to the Cohesion Fund referred to in Article 22 and Article 110(3) of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [Regulation laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006] for the following actions:

3. By the way of derogation from Article 10, and as regards the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, the maximum funding rates shall be those applicable to the Cohesion Fund referred to in Article 22 and Article 110(3) of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [Regulation laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006] for the following actions:

(a) with regard to grants for studies;

(a) with regard to grants for studies;

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(i) rail and inland waterways;

(i) rail and inland waterways;

(ii) actions to support cross-border road sections;

(ii) actions to support cross-border road sections and, in the case of Member States with no rail networks, the TEN-T road network;

(iii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, development of multi-modal platforms and of ports;

(iii) inland transport connections to maritime and inland ports and airports, development of multi-modal platforms including automatic gauge-changing facilities, and of ports, as well as interconnecting points, with priority being given to rail connections;

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS);

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), the River Information Services (RIS), the Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information systems (VTMIS), SESAR and ITS for the road sector;

(ii) traffic management systems.

 

 

(iia) actions to support the development of motorways of the sea;

 

(ca) with regard to grants for actions supporting new technologies and innovation for all modes of transport.

Amendment  94

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall cancel, except in duly justified cases, financial aid granted for actions which have not been started within one year following the start date of the action established in the conditions governing the granting of aid.

1. The Commission shall cancel, except in duly justified cases, financial aid granted for studies which have not been started within one year following the start date established in the conditions governing the granting of aid or within two years of that date for all other actions eligible for financial aid under this Regulation.

2. The Commission may suspend, reduce, recover or terminate the financial aid according to the conditions set out in Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation] notably:

2. The Commission may suspend, reduce, recover or terminate the financial aid according to the conditions set out in Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 notably:

(a) in the event of an irregularity committed in the implementation of the action with regard to the provisions of Union law;

(a) in the event of an irregularity committed in the implementation of the action with regard to the provisions of Union law;

(b) in the event of failure to comply with the conditions governing the grant, in particular if a major change affecting the nature of a project or action has been made without the approval of the Commission;

(b) in the event of failure to comply with the conditions governing the grant, in particular if a major change affecting the nature of a project or action has been made without the approval of the Commission;

(c) following an evaluation of the progress of the project, in particular in the event of major delays in the implementation of the action.

(c) following an evaluation of the progress of the project, in particular in the event of major delays in the implementation of the action.

3. The Commission may request the reimbursement of the financial aid granted if, within two years of the finishing date established in the conditions governing the granting of aid, the implementation of the action receiving the financial aid has not been completed.

3. The Commission may request the reimbursement of the financial aid granted if, within two years of the finishing date established in the conditions governing the granting of aid, the implementation of the action receiving the financial aid has not been completed, except in cases of duly established force majeure.

4. Before the Commission takes any of the decisions provided for in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, it shall examine the case at hand and inform the beneficiaries concerned so that they may present their observations within a given timeframe.

4. Before the Commission takes any of the decisions provided for in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, it shall examine the case at hand and inform the beneficiaries concerned so that they may present their observations within a given time-frame. It shall notify the European Parliament and the Council of all decisions taken on the annual adoption of the work programmes under Article 17.

Amendment  95

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) may provide for specific conditions such as the place of performance of the procured activities, where duly justified by the objectives of the actions and provided such conditions do not infringe public procurement principles;

(a) may provide for specific conditions such as the place of performance of the procured activities, where duly justified by the objectives of the actions and provided such conditions do not infringe the Union’s public procurement principles;

Amendment  96

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Financial instruments set up in accordance with Title VIII of Regulation (EC) No XXXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation 2012], may be used to facilitate access to finance by entities implementing actions contributing to projects of common interest as defined in Regulations (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], (EU) No XXX 2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure], and (EU) No XXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines], and to the achievement of their objectives. The financial instruments shall be based on ex-ante assessments of market imperfections or sub-optimal investment situations and investment needs.

1. Financial instruments set up in accordance with Title VIII of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 may be used to facilitate access to finance by entities implementing actions contributing to projects of common interest as defined in Regulations (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], (EU) No XXX 2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure], and (EU) No XXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines], and to the achievement of their objectives.

Amendment  97

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – introductory wording

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The following financial instruments may be used:

3. In particular, the following financial instruments may be used:

Amendment  98

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point (b)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) loans and/or guarantees facilitated by risk-sharing instruments, including enhancement mechanism to project bonds, issued by a financial institution on its own resources with a Union contribution to the provisioning and/or capital allocation;

(b) loans and/or guarantees facilitated by risk-sharing instruments, including inter alia enhancement mechanism to project bonds, backing individual projects or portfolios of projects issued by a financial institution on its own resources with a Union contribution to the provisioning and/or capital allocation;

Amendment  99

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) any other financial instruments.

(c) other financial instruments, provided the following conditions are met:

 

conformity with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012; and

 

conformity with the objectives of this Regulation;

 

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25 of this Regulation concerning the financial instruments referred to in point (c) of this paragraph;

Amendment  100

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) financial instruments aimed at facilitating private investment for the introduction of innovative technologies with higher investment risks.

Amendment  101

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Actions supported by means of financial instruments shall be selected on a first come first served basis and shall seek sectoral diversification in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 as well as gradual geographical diversification across the Member States.

1. Actions eligible for support by means of financial instruments shall be selected, on the basis of maturity, in accordance with Article 17, shall seek sectoral and geographical diversification across the Member States and shall comply with the following criteria:

 

represent European added value;

 

respond to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy;

 

ensure non-distortion of competition in the internal market;

 

present a leverage effect with regard to Union support.

2. The Union, any Member State and other investors may provide financial aid in addition to contributions received by the use of financial instruments, provided that the Commission agrees to any changes to eligibility criteria of actions and/or the investment strategy of the instrument which may be necessary due to the additional contribution.

2. The Union, any Member State and other investors may provide financial aid in addition to contributions received by the use of financial instruments, provided that the Commission agrees to any changes to eligibility criteria of actions and/or the investment strategy of the instrument which may be necessary due to the additional contribution.

3. The financial instruments shall aim to preserve the value of assets provided by the Union budget. They may generate acceptable returns to meet the objectives of other partners or investors.

3. The financial instruments shall aim to enhance the multiplier effect of Union spending by attracting additional resources from public as well as private investors, whilst preserving the value of assets provided by the Union budget. They may generate acceptable returns, without in any way jeopardising the implementation of the actions supported under this Regulation.

4. Financial instruments may be combined with grants funded from the Union budget, including under this Regulation.

4. Different types of financial instruments may be combined with grants funded from the Union budget, including under this Regulation, provided that this is necessary in order to ensure that the project is viable.

5. The Work Programmes may establish additional conditions according to the specific needs of the sectors.

5. The work programmes may establish additional conditions according to the specific needs of the sectors.

6. In accordance with Article 18(2) of the Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation], revenues and repayments generated by one financial instrument shall be assigned to that financial instrument. For financial instruments already set up in the multiannual financial framework for the 2007-2013 period, revenues and repayments generated by operations started in that period shall be assigned to the financial instrument in the period 2014-2020.

6. In accordance with Article 18(2) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012, revenues and repayments generated by one financial instrument shall be assigned to that financial instrument for as long as this Regulation has effect.

Amendment  102

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraphs 1and 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall adopt multiannual and annual work programmes for each sector. The Commission may also adopt multiannual and annual work programmes that cover more than one sector. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 24(2).

1. The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25 concerning multiannual and annual work programmes for each sector. The Commission may also adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25 concerning multiannual and annual work programmes that cover more than one sector

2. The multiannual work programmes shall be reviewed at least at mid-term. If necessary, the Commission shall revise the multiannual work programme by means of implementing act. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 24(2).

2. The multiannual work programmes shall be reviewed at least at mid-term. If necessary, the Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25 to revise the multiannual work programme.

Amendment  103

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. In the field of transport, at least 4% to 5% of the budgetary resources referred to in point (a) of Article 5(1) shall be used for innovative financial instruments.

Amendment  104

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The multiannual work programmes in the field of energy and telecommunications shall provide strategic orientation in the field of projects of common interest and may include specific projects of common interest.

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Amendment  105

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in paragraph 1, the Commission, when establishing multiannual and sectoral annual work programmes, shall establish the selection and award criteria in line with the objectives and priorities laid down:

6. Acting in accordance with the procedure referred in paragraph 1, the Commission, when establishing multiannual and sectoral annual work programmes, shall establish the selection and award criteria in line with the objectives and priorities laid down in Articles 3 and 4 of this Regulation and in Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], (EU) No XXX 2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure] or (EU) No XXX/2012 INFSO Guidelines]. The following criteria shall be taken into account:

 

(a) the maturity of the action in the project development and preparation stages and the soundness of the implementation proposed;

 

(b) the leverage effect of Union support on public and private investment and the single market;

 

(c) the need to overcome specific financial obstacles and lack of market finance, linked to the nature or urgency of the project;

 

(d) the costs and benefits including economic, social, greenhouse gas and/or other environmental impacts, and accessibility;

 

(e) the cross-border dimension and ability to reduce or end the isolation of Member States.

(a) for transport in Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

 

(b) for energy in Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure];

 

(c) for telecommunications in Regulation No (EU) XXXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines].

 

Amendment  106

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7. Work programmes shall be coordinated in order to exploit the synergies between transport, energy and telecommunications, notably in such areas as smart energy grids, electric mobility, intelligent and sustainable transport systems. Multi-sectoral calls for proposals can be adopted.

7. Work programmes shall be coordinated in order to exploit the synergies between transport, energy and telecommunications, notably in such areas as smart energy grids, electric mobility, intelligent and sustainable transport systems, joint rights of way or infrastructure coupling. Multi-sectoral calls for proposals can be adopted, with the financial amounts allocated for each sector being those set out in Article 5(1), weighted according to each sector’s relative involvement in the actions concerned.

Amendment  107

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The indicative timetable covering the commitment of the individual annual instalments shall be communicated to the beneficiaries of grants and, if applicable for financial instruments, to the financial institutions concerned.

The indicative timetable covering the commitment of the individual annual instalments shall be communicated to the beneficiaries of grants, to the Member States concerned and the European Parliament and, if applicable for financial instruments, to the financial institutions concerned.

Amendment  108

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Appropriations which have not been used at the end of the financial year for which they were entered shall be carried over automatically by one year.

Appropriations which have not been used at the end of the financial year for which they were entered shall be carried over automatically by one year, in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012.

Amendment  109

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25 concerning the addition or modification of the lists provided in the Annex.]

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 25 concerning the addition or modification of the lists provided in the Annex and delivery of the multiannual and annual work programme for each sector or covering more than one sector in accordance with Article 17.

Amendment  110

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall for projects related to transport and energy sectors, undertake the technical monitoring and financial control of actions in close cooperation with the Commission and shall certify the reality and the conformity of the expenditure incurred in respect of projects or parts of projects. The Member States may request the participation of the Commission during on-the-spot checks.

Member States shall undertake the technical monitoring and financial control of actions in close cooperation with the Commission and shall certify the reality and the conformity of the expenditure incurred in respect of projects or parts of projects. The Member States may request the participation of the Commission during on-the-spot checks.

Amendment  111

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In the field of telecommunications in particular, the national regulatory authorities shall make every effort to ensure the required legal certainty and investment conditions facilitating the implementation of the projects receiving Union financial aid under this Regulation.

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Justification

Dans un souci de simplification, il convient d’harmoniser les règles relatives aux responsabilités des Etats membres pour les trois secteurs.

Amendment  112

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall inform the Commission continuously, if relevant through the interactive geographical and technical information systems, which in case of the trans-European transport networks is TENtec, about the progress made in implementing projects of common interest and the investments made for this purpose including the amount of support used for climate change objectives.

Member States shall inform the Commission regularly, and at least annually, through an interactive geographical, technical, public and easily accessible information system, which in case of the trans-European Transport networks is TENtec, about the progress made in implementing projects of common interest and the investments made for this purpose including the amount of support used for climate-change objectives. On that basis, the Commission shall make public, and update at least annually, information about the specific projects under the Connecting Europe Facility, including, where appropriate, the forms and amounts of Union co-funding as well as the progress of each project. For this purpose, the EIB shall upon request pass relevant information on to the Commission, while safeguarding confidential commercial information.

Amendment  113

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall take appropriate measures ensuring that, when actions financed under this Regulation are implemented, the financial interests of the Union are protected by the application of preventive measures against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities, by effective checks and, if irregularities are detected, by the recovery of the amounts wrongly paid and, where appropriate, by effective, proportional and deterrent penalties.

1. The Commission shall take appropriate measures ensuring that, when actions financed under this Regulation are implemented, the financial interests of the Union are protected by ensuring that costs are not disproportionate for infrastructure of the same type in the different Member States, taking into due consideration local prices, by the application of preventive measures against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities, by effective checks and, if irregularities are detected, by the recovery of the amounts wrongly paid and, where appropriate, by effective, proportional and deterrent penalties.

Justification

It must be ensured, to the maximum possible extent, that the cost of infrastructure projects financed by EU money is homogeneous in the different Member States, on the basis of the cost of local labour and materials.

Amendment  114

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The committee shall ensure a horizontal overview of the work programmes referred to in Article 17 to ensure consistency and that synergies are identified and exploited between sectors.

3. The committee shall ensure a horizontal overview of the work programmes referred to in Article 17 to ensure their consistency and that synergies are identified, exploited and assessed between sectors, and shall seek in particular to ensure a fair contribution from the financial envelopes of each sector in cross-sectoral calls for proposals and when establishing the co-financing rates for actions with synergies between the sectors.

Amendment  115

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 20 shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period from the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 17 and 20 shall be conferred on the Commission for the duration of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020.

 

The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of that seven-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

Amendment  116

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. No later than mid-2018, an evaluation report shall be established by the Commission on the achievement of the objectives of all the measures (at the level of results and impacts), the efficiency of the use of resources and its European added value, in view of a decision on the renewal, modification or suspension of the measures. The evaluation shall additionally address the scope for simplification, its internal and external coherence, the continued relevance of all objectives, as well as the contribution of the measures to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It shall take into account evaluation results on the long-term impact of the predecessor measures.

1. No later than 31 December 2017, an evaluation report shall be presented to the European Parliament and the Council by the Commission on the achievement of the objectives of all the measures (at the level of results and impacts), the efficiency of the use of resources and its European added value, with a view to a decision on the renewal, modification or suspension of the measures. The evaluation shall additionally address the scope for simplification, its internal and external coherence and the continued relevance of all objectives, as well as the contribution of the measures to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including their impact on economic, social and territorial cohesion. It shall take into account evaluation results concerning the long-term impact of the measures previously taken. Furthermore, the Commission shall in that evaluation make an assessment of future steps to be taken in order to enhance the efficiency of Union spending and to increase the volume of investment in priority projects. That assessment shall also examine, inter alia, how to make financial instruments even more attractive to a wider range of long-term investors, including public investors, and how to widen the scope of projects eligible, and the possible development of equity instruments to finance Union infrastructure.

Amendment  117

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1a. The Connecting Europe Facility shall take into account the independent full-scale evaluation of the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative, to be carried out in 2015. On the basis of that evaluation, the Commission shall assess the relevance of the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative and its effectiveness in increasing the volume of investment in priority projects and enhancing the efficiency of Union spending. In the light of that assessment, taking into account all options, the Commission shall consider proposing appropriate regulatory changes, including legislative changes, in particular if the predicted market uptake is not satisfactory or in the event that alternative sources of long-term debt financing become sufficiently available.

Amendment  118

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Beneficiaries and, where appropriate, Member States concerned shall ensure that suitable publicity is given to aid granted under this Regulation in order to inform the public of the role of the Union in the implementation of the projects.

1. Beneficiaries and, where appropriate, Member States concerned shall ensure that suitable publicity is given, and transparency applied, to aid granted under this Regulation in order to inform the public of the role of the Union in the implementation of the projects.

Amendment  119

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall implement information and communication actions on the Connecting Europe Facility projects and results. Moreover, budget allocated to communication under this Regulation shall also cover corporate communication on the political priorities of the Union.

2. The Commission shall implement information and communication actions on the Connecting Europe Facility projects and results.

Amendment  120

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point a – Horizontal priorities

Innovative Management & Services

Single European Sky - SESAR

Innovative Management & Services

Traffic Management Systems for Road, Rail and Inland Waterways (ITS, ERTMS and RIS)

Innovative Management & Services

Core Network Ports and Airports

Amendment by Parliament

Innovative Management & Services

Single European Sky - SESAR

Innovative Management & Services

Traffic Management Systems for Road, Rail and Inland Waterways and Maritime services (ITS, ERTMS, RIS, VTMIS and eMaritime services)

Innovative Management & Services

Core Network Ports, Airports, and Motorways of the Sea

New technologies and innovation

New technologies and innovation in accordance with points (a) to (d) of Article 39 of Regulation (EU) N°XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines]

Amendment  121

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa – Katowice

Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa – Katowice

 

KlaipedaKaunas

Gdynia – Katowice

Gdynia – Katowice

Katowice – Ostrava – Brno – Wien

Katowice – Ostrava – Brno – Wien

 

Szczecin/Świnoujście – Poznań – Wrocław – Ostrava

Katowice – Žilina – Bratislava – Wien

Katowice – Žilina – Bratislava – Wien

Wien – Graz – Klagenfurt – Villach – Udine – Venezia – Bologna – Ravenna

Wien – Graz – Klagenfurt – Villach – Udine – Venezia – Bologna – RavennaAncona

 

Graz – Maribor –Ljubljana – Koper/Trieste

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Pre-identified sections

Mode

Description/dates

Helsinki - Tallinn

Ports, MoS

port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms and their interconnections, MoS (including icebreaking capacity)

Tallinn - Riga - Kaunas - Warszawa

Rail

(detailed) studies for new UIC gauge fully interoperable line; works for new line to start before 2020; rail – airports/ports interconnections

Gdynia - Katowice

Rail

upgrading

Gdynia, Gdansk

Ports

port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms

Warszawa - Katowice

Rail

upgrading

Katowice - Ostrava - Brno - Wien & Katowice - Žilina - Bratislava - Wien

Rail

upgrading, in particular cross-border sections PL-CZ, PL-SK and SK-AT; (further) development of multimodal platforms

Wien - Graz - Klagenfurt - Udine - Venezia - Ravenna

Rail

upgrading and works ongoing; (further) development of multimodal platforms

Trieste, Venice, Ravenna

Ports

port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms

Amendment by Parliament

Pre-identified sections

Mode

Description/dates

Helsinki - Tallinn

Ports, MoS

port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms and their interconnections, MoS (including icebreaking capacity)

Tallinn - Riga - Kaunas - Warszawa

Rail

(detailed) studies for new UIC gauge fully interoperable line; works for new line to start before 2020; rail – airports/ports interconnections

Klaipėda - Kaunas

Rail

Upgrading, port interconnections, MoS

Via Baltica Corridor

Road

Works for cross-border sections (EE, LV, LT, PL)

Gdynia - Katowice

Rail

upgrading

Gdynia, Gdansk

Ports

port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms

Wrocław - Poznań - Szczecin/Świnoujście

Rail

works

Świnoujście, Szczecin

Port

port interconnections

Warszawa - Katowice

Rail

upgrading

Katowice - Ostrava - Brno - Wien & Katowice - Žilina - Bratislava - Wien

Rail

upgrading, in particular cross-border sections PL-CZ, CZ-AT, PL-SK and SK-AT, Brno-Přerov line; (further) development of multimodal platforms

Wien - Graz - Klagenfurt - Udine - Venezia - Ravenna

Rail

upgrading and works ongoing; (further) development of multimodal platforms

GrazMaribor – Pragersko

Rail

studies and works on second track

Trieste, Venice, Ravenna, Koper, Ancona

Ports

port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms

RavennaAncona

Rail

upgrading

Amendment  122

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

 

Text proposed by the Commission

BY border - Warszawa - Poznań - DE border

Rail

upgrading existing line, studies for high speed rail

PL Border - Berlin - Hannover - Amsterdam/Rotterdam

Rail

upgrading of several sections (Amsterdam – Utrecht – Arnhem; Hannover – Berlin)

West-German Canals, Mittellandkanal, Hannover – Magdeburg - Berlin

IWW

upgrading

Amsterdam locks

IWW

studies ongoing

Felixstowe – Midlands

Rail, port, multimodal platforms

interconnections port and multimodal platforms

Amendment by Parliament

BY border - Warszawa - Poznań - DE border

Rail

updgrading existing line, studies for high speed rail

PL Border - Berlin - Hannover - Amsterdam/Rotterdam

Rail

upgrading of seceral sections (Amsterdam – Utrecht – Arnhem – Hannover – Berlin)

West-German Canals, Mittellandkanal, Hannover – Magdeburg - Berlin

IWW

upgrading

Rhine-Waal-Noordzeekanaal

IWW

multimodal connections

Amsterdam locks and Amsterdam Rijnkanaal-IJmuiden new sealock

IWW

studies ongoing, port; including Beatrix lock upgrade

Felixstowe – Midlands

Rail, port, multimodal platforms

interconnections port and multimodal platforms

Amendment  123

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Algeciras – Madrid – Tarragona

Algeciras – Madrid – Zaragoza – Tarragona

Sevilla – Valencia – Tarragona

Sevilla – Valencia – Tarragona

Tarragona – Barcelona – Perpignan – Lyon – Torino – Milano – Venezia – Ljubljana – Budapest – UA border

Tarragona – Barcelona – Perpignan – Marseille – Lyon – Torino – Milano – Venezia – Ljubljana – Budapest – UA border

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Algeciras - Madrid

Rail

studies ongoing, works to be launched before 2015, to be completed 2020

Sevilla - Antequera - Granada - Almería - Cartagena - Murcia - Alicante - Valencia

Rail

studies and works

Valencia - Tarragona - Barcelona

Rail

construction between 2014 - 2020

Barcelona

Port

interconnections rail with port and airport

Barcelona – Perpignan

Rail

cross-border section, works ongoing, new line completed by 2015, upgrading existing line

Perpignan - Montpellier

Rail

bypass Nîmes - Montpellier to be operational in 2017, Montpellier - Perpignan for 2020

Lyon - Torino

Rail

cross-border section, works base tunnel to be launched before 2020; studies access routes

Milano - Brescia

Rail

partially upgrading, partially new high-speed line

Brescia - Venezia - Trieste

Rail

works to start before 2014 on several sections

Milano - Mantova - Venezia - Trieste

IWW

studies, upgrading, works

Trieste - Divača

Rail

studies and partial upgrading ongoing; cross-border section to be realised until after 2020

Koper - Divača - Ljubljana - Maribor

Rail

studies and upgrading/partially new line

Ljubljana node

Rail

rail node Ljubljana, including multi-modal platform; rail airport interconnection

Maribor - Zalalövö

Rail

cross-border section: studies, works to start before 2020

Boba- Szekesferhervar

Rail

upgrading

Budapest-Miskolc-UA border

Rail

upgrading

Amendment by Parliament

Algeciras - Madrid

Rail

studies ongoing, works to be launched before 2015, to be completed 2020

Sevilla - Antequera - Granada - Almería - Cartagena - Murcia - Alicante - Valencia

Rail

studies and works

Valencia - Tarragona - Barcelona

Rail

construction between 2014 - 2020

Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona

Rail

Upgrading of existing lines (gauge, sidings, platforms)

Barcelona

Port

interconnections rail with port (construction of the new accesses) and airport

BarcelonaValenciaLivorno

Motorways of the Sea

upgrading

Barcelona – Perpignan

Rail

cross-border section, works ongoing, new line completed by 2015, upgrading existing line (gauge, sidings, platforms)

Perpignan - Montpellier

Rail

bypass Nîmes - Montpellier to be operational in 2017, Montpellier - Perpignan for 2020

Lyon – Avignon – Marseille

Rail

upgrading

Lyon - Torino

Rail

upgrading the existing cross-border section, works base tunnel to be launched before 2020; studies access routes

Milano - Brescia

Rail

partially upgrading, partially new high-speed line

Brescia - Venezia - Trieste

Rail

works to start before 2014 on several sections in synergy with upgrading actions undertaken in overlapping stretches as in Corridor 1

Milano - Mantova - Venezia - Trieste

IWW

studies, upgrading, works

Trieste - Divača

Rail

studies and partial upgrading ongoing; cross-border section to be realised until after 2020

Koper - Divača - Ljubljana - Pragersko

Rail

studies and upgrading/partially new line

Ljubljana node

Rail

rail node Ljubljana, including multi-modal platform; rail airport interconnection

Maribor - Zalalövö

Rail

cross-border section: studies, works to start before 2020

Boba- Szekesferhervar

Rail

upgrading

Budapest-Miskolc-UA border

Rail

upgrading

Amendment  124

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Hamburg / Rostock – Berlin – Praha – Brno – Bratislava – Budapest – Arad – Timişoara – Sofia

Hamburg / Rostock – Berlin – Praha – Brno – Bratislava – Budapest – Arad – Timişoara – Sofia

Sofia – Burgas/TR border

Sofia – Burgas/TR border

Sofia – Thessaloniki – Piraeus – Limassol – Lefkosia

Sofia – Thessaloniki – Piraeus – Limassol – Lefkosia

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Dresden - Praha

Rail

studies for high speed rail

Prague

Rail

Upgrading, freight bypass; rail connection airport

Hamburg - Dresden - Praha - Pardubice

IWW

Elbe upgrading

Děčín locks

IWW

studies

Breclav - Bratislava

Rail

cross-border, upgrading

Bratislava - Hegyeshalom

Rail

cross-border, upgrading

Budapest - Arad - Timişoara - Calafat

Rail

upgrading in HU nearly completed, ongoing in RO

Vidin - Sofia - Burgas/TR border

Sofia - Thessaloniki - Athens/Piraeus

Rail

studies and works Vidin – Sofia – Thessaloniki; upgrading Sofia – Burgas/TR border

Athens/Piraeus - Limassol

MoS

port capacity and hinterland connections

Limassol - Lefkosia

Ports, multimodal platforms

upgrading of modal interconnection

Amendment by Parliament

Dresden - Praha

Rail

studies for high speed rail

Prague

Rail

Upgrading, freight bypass; rail connection airport

Hamburg - Dresden - Praha - Pardubice

IWW

Elbe upgrading

Děčín locks

IWW

studies

Prague - Brno - Breclav

Rail

upgrading, including rail node Brno and multi-modal platform

Breclav - Bratislava

Rail

cross-border, upgrading

Bratislava - Hegyeshalom

Rail

cross-border, upgrading

Budapest - Arad - Timişoara - Craiova - Calafat

Rail

upgrading in HU nearly completed, ongoing in RO

Vidin - Sofia - Burgas/TR border

Sofia - Thessaloniki - Athens/Piraeus

Rail

studies and works Vidin – Sofia – Thessaloniki; upgrading Sofia – Burgas/TR border

Athens/Piraeus - Limassol

MoS

port capacity and hinterland connections

Limassol - Lefkosia

Ports, multimodal platforms

upgrading of modal interconnection

Amendment  125

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Helsinki – Turku – Stockholm – Malmö – København – Fehmarn – Hamburg – Hannover

Helsinki – Turku – Stockholm – Malmö – København – Fehmarn – Lübeck – Hamburg – Hannover

Bremen – Hannover – Nürnberg –München – Brenner – VeronaBologna – Roma – Napoli – Bari

Bremen – Hannover – Nürnberg

 

RostockBerlin – Nürnberg

 

Nürnberg – München – Brenner – VeronaBologna – Roma – Napoli – Bari

Napoli – Palermo – Valletta

Napoli – Palermo – Valletta

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Kotka/Hamina - Helsinki

Port, rail

port hinterland connections, rail upgrading

Helsinki

Rail

airport-rail connection

RU border - Helsinki

Rail

works ongoing

Turku - Stockholm

Ports, MoS

port hinterland connections, icebraking capacity

Stockholm - Malmö (Nordic Triangle)

Rail

works ongoing on specific sections

Fehmarn

Rail

studies ongoing, construction works Fehmarn Belt fixed link between 2014 and 2020

København - Hamburg via Fehmarn: access routes

Rail

access routes DK to be completed by 2020, access routes Germany to be completed in 2 steps (2020 - 2027)

Hamburg/Bremen - Hannover

Rail

works to be started before 2020

München - Wörgl

Rail

access to Brenner Base Tunnel and cross-border section: studies

Brenner Base Tunnel

Rail

studies and works

Fortezza - Verona

Rail

studies and works

Napoli - Bari

Rail

studies and works

Napoli – Reggio Calabria

Rail

Upgrading

Messina - Palermo

Rail

upgrading (remaining sections)

Palermo - Valletta

Ports, MoS

port hinterland connections

Valletta - Marsaxlokk

Port, airport

traffic management systems to be deployed, upgrading of modal interconnection

Amendment by Parliament

Kotka/Hamina - Helsinki

Port, rail

port hinterland connections, rail upgrading

Helsinki

Rail

airport-rail connection

RU border - Helsinki

Rail

works ongoing

Turku - Stockholm

Ports, MoS

port hinterland connections, icebraking capacity

Stockholm - Malmö (Nordic Triangle)

Rail

works ongoing on specific sections

Fehmarn

Rail

studies ongoing, construction works Fehmarn Belt fixed link between 2014 and 2020

København - Hamburg via Fehmarn: access routes

Rail

access routes DK to be completed by 2020, access routes Germany to be completed in 2 steps (2020 - 2027)

Hamburg/Bremen - Hannover

Rail

works to be started before 2020

Rostock

Ports, MoS

interconnections ports with rail; low-emission ferries; ice-breaking capacity

Rostock - Berlin - Nürnberg

Rail

studies and upgrading

München - Wörgl

Rail

access to Brenner Base Tunnel and cross-border section: studies

Brenner Base Tunnel

Rail

studies and works

Fortezza - Verona

Rail

studies and works

Napoli - Bari

Rail

studies and works

Napoli – Reggio Calabria

Rail

Upgrading

Messina - Palermo

Rail

upgrading (remaining sections)

Palermo - Valletta

Ports, MoS

port hinterland connections

Valletta - Marsaxlokk

Port, airport

traffic management systems to be deployed, upgrading of modal interconnection

Amendment  126

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 6 – heading

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Genova – Rotterdam

6. Genova – Rotterdam/Amsterdam/Antwerpen

Genova – Milano/Novara – Simplon/Lötschberg/Gotthard – Basel – Mannheim – Köln

Genova – Milano/Novara – Simplon/Lötschberg/Gotthard – Basel – Mannheim – Köln

Köln– Düsseldorf – Rotterdam/Amsterdam

Köln– Düsseldorf – Rotterdam/Amsterdam/Antwerpen

Köln – Liège – Bruxelles/Brussel – Zeebrugge

Köln – Liège – Bruxelles/Brussel – Zeebrugge

Amendment  127

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Sines / Lisboa – Madrid – Valladolid

Sines / Lisboa – Madrid – Valladolid

Lisboa – Aveiro – Oporto

Lisboa – Aveiro – Oporto

Aveiro – Valladolid – Vitoria – Bordeaux – Paris – Mannheim/Strasbourg

Aveiro – Valladolid – Vitoria – Bordeaux – Paris – Mannheim/Strasbourg

 

Toulouse – Bordeaux – Paris – Mannheim/Strasbourg

 

Le HavreRouenParis

 

Text proposed by the Commission

High Speed rail Sines/Lisboa - Madrid

Rail, ports

studies and works ongoing, upgrading of modal interconnection ports of Sines/Lisboa

High speed rail Porto - Lisboa

Rail

studies ongoing

Rail connection Aveiro - ES

Rail

cross-border: works ongoing

Rail Connection Bergara - San Sebastián - Bayonne

Rail

completion expected in ES by 2016, in FR by 2020

Bayonne - Bordeaux

Rail

ongoing public consultation

Tours - Bordeaux

Rail

works ongoing

Paris

Rail

southern high-speed bypass

Baudrecourt - Mannheim

Rail

upgrading

Baudrecourt - Strasbourg

Rail

works ongoing, to be completed 2016

Amendment by Parliament

High Speed rail Sines/Lisboa - Madrid

Rail, ports

studies and works ongoing, upgrading of modal interconnection ports of Sines/Lisboa

High speed rail Porto - Lisboa

Rail

studies ongoing

Rail connection Aveiro - ES

Rail

cross-border: works ongoing

Rail Connection Bergara - San Sebastián - Bayonne

Rail

completion expected in ES by 2016, in FR by 2020

Bayonne - Bordeaux

Rail

ongoing public consultation

Toulouse - Bordeaux

Rail

ongoing public consultation

Tours - Bordeaux

Rail

works ongoing

Paris

Rail

southern high-speed bypass

Baudrecourt - Mannheim

Rail

upgrading

Baudrecourt - Strasbourg

Rail

works ongoing, to be completed 2016

Le Havre - Paris

Rail

upgrading

Amendment  128

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Belfast – Dublin – Holyhead – Birmingham

Belfast – Dublin – Holyhead – Birmingham

 

Larne – Belfast

Glasgow/Edinburgh – Birmingham

Glasgow/Edinburgh – Birmingham

Birmingham – London – Lille – Brussel/Bruxelles

Birmingham – London – Lille – Brussel/Bruxelles

Dublin/Cork/Southampton – Le Havre – Paris

Dublin/Cork/Southampton – Le Havre – Paris

London – Dover – Calais – Paris

London – Dover – Calais – Paris

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Dublin - Belfast

Rail

Upgrading; Dublin Interconectors (DART)

Glasgow - Edinburgh

Rail

upgrading

High Speed 2

Rail

studies

Cardiff - Bristol - London

Rail

upgrading

Dublin, Cork, Southampton, Le Havre

Ports

hinterland connections

Le Havre - Paris

IWW

upgrading

Le Havre - Paris

Rail

studies

Calais - Paris

Rail

preliminary studies

Amendment by Parliament

Dublin - Belfast

Rail

Upgrading; Dublin Interconectors (DART)

Glasgow - Edinburgh

Rail

upgrading

High Speed 2

Rail

studies

Cardiff - Bristol - London

Rail

upgrading

Dublin, Cork, Southampton, Le Havre

Ports

hinterland connections

Le Havre - Paris

IWW

upgrading

Le Havre - Paris

Rail

studies

Calais - Paris

Rail

preliminary studies

Larne - Belfast

Port, multimodal connections

upgrading

Amendment  129

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Brussel/Bruxelles – Luxembourg

Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Brussel/Bruxelles – Luxembourg

Luxembourg – Dijon – Lyon

Luxembourg – Dijon – Lyon

Luxembourg – Strasbourg – Basel

Luxembourg – Strasbourg – Basel

 

Strasbourg - Mulhouse - Dijon

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Maas

IWW

upgrading

Albertkanaal

IWW

upgrading

Terneuzen

Maritime

locks: studies ongoing

Terneuzen - Gent

IWW

studies, upgrading

Antwerp

Maritime, port

locks: studies ongoing, port: hinterland connections

Canal Seine - Escaut

IWW

design completed, competitive dialogue launched, overall completion by 2018

Waterways upgrade in Wallonia

IWW

studies, upgrading

Brussel/Bruxelles - Luxembourg - Strasbourg

Rail

works ongoing

Strasbourg - Mulhouse - Basel

Rail

upgrading

Rail Connections Luxembourg - Dijon - Lyon (TGV Rhin - Rhône)

Rail

studies and works

Lyon

Rail

eastern bypass: studies and works

Canal Saône - Moselle/Rhin

IWW

upgrading

Rhône

IWW

upgrading

Amendment by Parliament

Maas, including Maaswerken

IWW

upgrading, multimodal connections

Rhine-Scheldt-corridor: Volkeraklock and Kreekaklock, Krammerlock and Lock Hansweert

Lock

upgrading

Albertkanaal

IWW

upgrading

Terneuzen

Maritime

locks: studies ongoing

Terneuzen - Gent

IWW

studies, upgrading

Rotterdam - Antwerp

Rail

upgrading rail freight line

Antwerp

Maritime, port

locks: studies ongoing, port: hinterland connections

Canal Seine - Nord; Connection Seine-Escaut

IWW

design completed, competitive dialogue launched, overall completion by 2020, upgrading including cross-border and multimodal connections

Waterways upgrade in Wallonia

IWW

studies, upgrading

Brussel/Bruxelles - Luxembourg - Strasbourg

Rail

works ongoing

Strasbourg - Mulhouse - Basel

Rail

upgrading

Strasbourg - Dijon - Lyon

Rail

studies and works, upgrading

Luxembourg - Dijon - Ambérieu

Rail

studies and works, upgrading

Lyon

Rail

Lyon agglomeration bypass: studies and works

Canal Saône - Moselle/Rhin

IWW

upgrading

Rhône

IWW

upgrading

Lyon - Avignon ­ Port de Marseille - Fos

Rail

upgrading

Marseille

Port

hinterland connections and multimodal terminal

Amendment  130

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Strasbourg – Stuttgart – München – Wels/Linz

Strasbourg – Stuttgart – München – Wels/Linz

Strasbourg – Mannheim – Frankfurt – Würzburg – Nürnberg – Regensburg – Passau – Wels/Linz

Strasbourg – Mannheim – Frankfurt – Würzburg – Nürnberg – Regensburg – Passau – Wels/Linz

Wels/Linz – Wien – Budapest – Arad – Brašov – Bucurešti – Constanta - Sulina

Wels/Linz – Wien – Budapest – Arad – Brašov – Bucurešti – Constanta - Sulina

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Rail connection Strasbourg - Kehl Appenweier

Rail

works interconnection Appenweier

Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - München

Rail

studies and works ongoing

München - Mühldorf - Freilassing - Salzburg

Rail

studies and works ongoing

Salzburg - Wels

Rail

studies

Nürnberg - Regensburg - Passau - Wels

Rail

studies; works partly ongoing

Rail connection Wels - Wien

Rail

completion expected by 2017

Wien - Budapest

Rail

studies high speed HU

Arad - Brašov - Bucurešti - Constanta

Rail

upgrading of specific sections; studies-speed

Main - Main-Donau-Canal - Danube

IWW

studies and works on several sections and bottlenecks; inland waterway ports: hinterland connections

Constanta

Port

hinterland connections

Amendment by Parliament

Rail connection Strasbourg - Kehl Appenweier

Rail

works interconnection Appenweier

Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - München

Rail

studies and works ongoing

München - Mühldorf - Freilassing - Salzburg

Rail

studies and works ongoing

Salzburg - Wels

Rail

studies

Nürnberg - Regensburg - Passau - Wels

Rail

studies; works partly ongoing

Rail connection Wels - Wien

Rail

completion expected by 2017

Wien - Budapest

Rail

studies high speed HU

Budapest - Arad

Rail

studies for high speed network between Budapest and Arad

Arad - Brašov - Bucurešti - Constanta

Rail

upgrading of specific sections; studies-speed

Main - Main-Donau-Canal - Danube (Kehlheim - Constanța/Midia/Sulina) + Bucurešti - Danube canal

IWW

studies and works on several sections and bottlenecks; inland waterway ports: hinterland connections with rail

Giurgiu, Galați

Port

Further development of multimodal platforms and connections with the hinterland: studies and works

Constanta

Port, MoS

hinterland connections, MoS (including icebreaking services)

Amendment  131

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part I – point b

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Sofia to FYROM border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

Sofia to Serbian border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

Timişoara – Serbia border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

München – Praha

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Nürnberg – Praha

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Katowice Wroclaw – Dresden

Cross-Border

Rail

upgrading

Wroclaw – Praha

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

GrazMaribor – Pragersko

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Bothnian Corridor: Lulea – Oulu

Cross-Border

Rail

studies and works

North-West Spain and Portugal

Bottleneck

Rail

works ongoing

Frankfurt – Fulda – Erfurt – Berlin

Bottleneck

Rail

studies

Halle – Leipzig – Nürnberg

Bottleneck

Rail

works ongoing, to be completed by 2017

Rail Egnatia

Bottleneck

Rail

studies ongoing

Inland waterways Dunkerque – Lille

Bottleneck

IWW

studies ongoing

 

 

 

 

Sundsvall – Umea– Lulea

Bottleneck

Rail

studies and works

Malmö - Göteborg

Other Core Network

Rail

works

Bothnian – Kiruna – NO border

Other Core Network

Rail

studies and works

Rail connection Shannon – Cork – Dublin

Other Core Network

Rail

studies ongoing

Rail connection to Wilhelmshaven and Bremerhaven

Other Core Network

Rail

studies ongoing

Zilina – UA border

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Ventspils – Riga – RU border

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Klaipeda – Kaunas – Vilnius – BY border

Other Core Network

Rail

Upgrading, airport interconnection

Tallinn - Tartu - Koidula - RU border

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Marseille – Toulon – Nice – IT border

Other Core Network

Rail

studies high-speed

Bordeaux – Toulouse

Other Core Network

Rail

studies high-speed

Tampere – Oulu

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Pamplona – Zaragoza - Sagunto

Other Core Network

Rail

studies and works

Amendment by Parliament

Sofia to FYROM border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

Sofia to Serbian border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

Timişoara – Serbia border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

München – Praha

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Nürnberg – Praha

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Wroclaw – Dresden

Cross-Border

Rail

upgrading

Wroclaw – Praha

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Ljubljana – HR border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Bothnian Corridor: Lulea – Oulu

Cross-Border

Rail

studies and works

Iasi-Republic of Moldova border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

Suceava-Ukraina border

Cross-Border

Rail

studies

Nowa Sól - Hradec Králové

Cross-Border

Road

works

A Coruña - Palencia

Bottleneck

Rail

works ongoing

Gijón – Palencia

Bottleneck

Rail

works ongoing

A Coruña - Madrid (high-speed passenger service)

Bottleneck

Rail

works ongoing

Priority Projects as defined in Annex III of Decision 661/2010 (Prague - Linz, New High-capacity rail: Central Trans-Pyrenees crossing, "Iron Rhine" (Rheidt-Antwerpen))

Cross-Border

Rail

studies ongoing

Frankfurt – Fulda – Erfurt – Berlin

Bottleneck

Rail

studies

Halle – Leipzig – Nürnberg

Bottleneck

Rail

works ongoing, to be completed by 2017

Rail Egnatia

Bottleneck

Rail

studies ongoing

Inland waterways Dunkerque – Lille

Bottleneck

IWW

studies ongoing

Parallel HSR line Paris – Lyon

Bottleneck

Rail

preliminary studies ongoing

Sundsvall – Umea– Lulea

Bottleneck

Rail

studies and works

Alba-Iulia – Turda – Dej – Suceava – Paşcani – Iaşi

Other Core Network

Rail

studies and works

Bucuresti - Buzau - Braila - Galati

Other Core Network

Rail

Rail infrastructure improvement and repari, and connections with the hinterland: studies high-speed network

Kybartai - Kaunas

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Ruhr area - Münster - Osnabrück - Hamburg

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading of the section Münster - Lünen (doubletrack)

Nantes - Tours - Lyon

Other Core Network

Rail

studies and works

Ploiesti-Suceava

Other Core Network

Rail

studies

Malmö - Göteborg

Other Core Network

Rail

works

Bothnian – Kiruna – NO border

Other Core Network

Rail

studies and works

Rail connection Shannon – Cork – Dublin

Other Core Network

Rail

studies ongoing

Rail connection to Wilhelmshaven and Bremerhaven

Other Core Network

Rail

studies ongoing

Zilina – UA border

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Ventspils – Riga – RU border

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Klaipeda – Kaunas – Vilnius – BY border

Other Core Network

Rail

Upgrading, airport interconnection

KatowiceWroclaw – DE border

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Marseille – Toulon – Nice – IT border

Other Core Network

Rail

studies high-speed

Bordeaux – Toulouse

Other Core Network

Rail

studies high-speed

Tampere – Oulu

Other Core Network

Rail

upgrading

Pamplona – Zaragoza - Sagunto

Other Core Network

Rail

studies and works

Craiova - Bucharest

Other Core Network

Rail

studies

Amendment  132

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part II

 

Text proposed by the Commission

a) Priority Corridors

 

Objective

Member States concerned

1. Northern Seas offshore grid (“NSOG”)

Developing an integrated offshore electricity grid in the North Sea, the Irish Sea, the English Channel, the Baltic Sea and neighbouring waters to transport electricity from renewable offshore energy sources to centres of consumption and storage and to increase cross-border electricity exchange

Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom

2. North-South electricity interconnections in South-Western Europe (“NSI West Electricity”)

Developing interconnections between Member States of the region and with Mediterranean third countries, notably to integrate electricity from renewable energy sources

Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom

3. North-South gas interconnections in Western Europe ("NSI West Gas"):

Increasing interconnection capacities for North-South gas flows in Western Europe to further diversify routes of supply and increase short-term gas deliverability

Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom

4. North-South electricity interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe ("NSI East Electricity"):

Strengthening interconnections and internal lines in North-South and East-West directions to complete the internal market and integrate generation from renewable energy sources

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

5. North-South gas interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe ("NSI East Gas"):

Strengthening regional gas connections between the Baltic Sea region, the Adriatic and Aegean Seas and the Black Sea, notably to enhance diversification and security of gas supply

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

6. Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan in electricity ("BEMIP Electricity"):

Developing interconnections between Member States in the Baltic region and reinforcing internal grid infrastructures accordingly, to end isolation of the Baltic States and to foster market integration in the region

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden

7. Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan in gas ("BEMIP Gas"):

Ending the isolation of the three Baltic States and Finland by ending single supplier dependency and increasing diversification of supplies in the Baltic Sea region

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden

8. Southern Gas Corridor ("SGC"):

Transmission of gas from the Caspian Basin, Central Asia, the Middle East and the East Mediterranean Basin to the Union to enhance diversification of gas supply

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

b) Priority Areas

 

Objective

Member States concerned

Smart grids deployment:

Accelerating the adoption of smart grid technologies across the Union to efficiently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to the electricity network

all

Electricity highways

Developing the first electricity highways up to 2020, in view of building an electricity highways system across the Union

all

Cross-border carbon dioxide network

Preparing the construction of carbon dioxide transport infrastructure between Member States in view of the deployment of carbon dioxide capture and storage

all

Amendment by Parliament

a) Priority Corridors

 

Objective

Member States concerned

1. Northern Seas offshore grid (“NSOG”)

Developing an integrated offshore electricity grid and the related interconnectors in the North Sea, the Irish Sea, the English Channel, the Baltic Sea and neighbouring waters to transport electricity from renewable offshore energy sources to centres of consumption and storage and to increase cross-border electricity exchange

Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom

2. North-South electricity interconnections in South-Western Europe (“NSI West Electricity”)

Developing interconnections between Member States of the region and with the Mediterranean area including the Iberian peninsula, notably to integrate electricity from renewable energy sources and reinforce internal grid infrastructures to foster market integration in the region

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom

3. North-South electricity interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe ("NSI East Electricity"):

Strengthening interconnections and internal lines in North-South and East-West directions to complete the internal market and integrate generation from renewable energy sources

Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia1, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

 

 

__________________

 

 

1 Subject to and as of the date of accession of Croatia.

4. Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan in electricity ("BEMIP Electricity"):

Developing interconnections between Member States in the Baltic region and reinforcing internal grid infrastructures accordingly, to end isolation of the Baltic States and to foster market integration inter alia by working towards the integration of renewable energy in the region

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden

5. North-South gas interconnections in Western Europe ("NSI West Gas"):

Developing gas infrastructure for North-South gas flows in Western Europe to further diversify routes of supply and for increasing short-term gas deliverability

Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom

6. North-South gas interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe ("NSI East Gas"):

Developing gas infrastructure for regional gas connections between and in the Baltic Sea region, the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, and for enhancing diversification and security of gas supply

Austria, Bulgaria,Croatia1, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

 

 

__________________

 

 

1 Subject to and as of the date of accession of Croatia.

7. Southern Gas Corridor ("SGC"):

Developing infrastructure for the transmission of gas from the Caspian Basin, Central Asia, the Middle East and the East Mediterranean Basin to the Union to enhance diversification of gas supply

Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia1, Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

 

 

__________________

 

 

1 Subject to and as of the date of accession of Croatia.

8. Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan in gas ("BEMIP Gas"):

Developing gas infrastructure to end the isolation of the three Baltic States and Finland and their dependency on a single supplier, reinforcing internal grid infrastructures accordingly and increasing diversification and security of supplies in the Baltic Sea region

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden

b) Priority Areas

 

Objective

Member States concerned

Smart grids deployment:

Accelerating the adoption of smart grid technologies across the Union to efficiently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to the electricity network, in particular the generation of large amounts of electricity from renewable of distributed energy sources and demand response by consumers

all

Electricity highways

Developing the first electricity highways up to 2020, in view of building an electricity highways system across the Union that is capable of:

all

 

(i) accommodating ever-increasing wind surplus generation in adn around the Northern and Baltic Seas and increasing renewable generation in the East and South of Europe and also North Africa;

 

 

(ii) connecting these new generation hubs with major storage capacities in Nordic countries, the Alps and other regions with major consumption centres, and

 

 

(iii) coping with an increasingly variable and decentralised electricity demand

 

Cross-border carbon dioxide network

Preparing the construction of carbon dioxide transport infrastructure between Member States in view of the deployment of carbon dioxide capture and storage

all

Amendment  133

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part III

a) Horizontal priorities

 

Innovative Management, Mapping & Services

Technical assistance and project replication measures, where necessary for deployment and governance, including project and investment planning and feasibility studies.

 

Mapping of pan-European broadband infrastructure to develop an on-going detailed physical surveying and documentation of relevant sites, analysis of rights of way, assessments of potential for upgrading existing facilities, etc.

 

Analysis of the environmental impact, taking into account climate change adaptation and mitigation needs, and disaster resilience

Support actions and other technical support measures

Actions needed to prepare implementation of projects of common interest or actions contributing to that purpose, including preparatory, feasibility, evaluation and validation studies, and any other technical support measure, including prior action to define and develop an action fully.

b) Broadband networks

Intervention in the field of broadband shall contribute to smart and inclusive growth through building a balanced and geographically diversified portfolio of broadband projects, including both 30Mbps and 100Mbps plus projects; with urbansuburban and rural projects, in order to reach a satisfactory level of connectivity in all the Member States.

Characteristics of the intervention

Description

The intervention in the field of broadband networks shall include:

Investments in broadband networks capable of achieving the Digital Agenda 2020 target of universal coverage at 30Mbps; or

 

Investments in broadband networks capable of achieving the Digital Agenda 2020 target and having at least 50% of households subscribing to speeds above 100Mbps;

The intervention in the field of broadband networks shall consist in particular of one or more of the following elements:

The deployment of passive physical infrastructure or the deployment of combined passive and active physical infrastructure and ancillary infrastructure elements, complete with services necessary to operate such infrastructure;

 

Associated facilities and associated services, such as building wiring, antennae, towers and other supporting constructions, ducts, conduits, masts, manholes, and cabinets;

 

Exploitation of potential synergies between the roll-out of broadband networks and other utilities networks (energy, transport, water, sewage, etc), in particular those related to smart electricity distribution.

c) Digital service infrastructures

The following areas of intervention in the field of Digital service infrastructures shall be supported.

Digital Service

Description

Trans-European high-speed backbone connections for public administrations

Public trans-European backbone service infrastructure that shall provide high speed connectivity between public institutions in areas such as public administration, culture, education and health.

Cross-border delivery of eGovernment services

Standardised, cross-border, and user-friendly interaction platforms, which shall generate efficiency gains both throughout the economy and in the public sector, and shall contribute to the Single Market.

 

Such platforms enable electronic procurement, online health services, standardised business reporting, electronic exchange of judicial information, trans-European online company registration, e-Government services for businesses, including trans-European online company registration.

Enabling access to public sector information and multilingual services

Digitalization of large collections of European cultural resources and fostering their re-use by third parties.

 

Achieving full access for re-use to all disclosable information held by the public sector in the EU by 2020.

 

Enabling any business in the EU to offer online services in its own language that shall be seamlessly accessible and usable in any EU language

Safety and security

Shared computing facilities, databases and software tools for the Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in the Member States, as well as back-office operations to handle the reporting on sex abuse content

 

Critical service infrastructures, including communication channels and platforms developed and deployed in order to enhance the EU-wide capability for preparedness, information sharing, coordination and response.

Deployment of information and communication technology solutions for intelligent energy networks and for the provision of Smart Energy Services

Modern information and communication technologies in the field of smart energy services to meet the needs of citizens (who can be producers as well as consumers of energy), energy providers and public authorities.

 

Amendment

a) Horizontal priorities

Innovative Management, Mapping & Services

Technical assistance and project replication measures, where necessary for deployment and governance, including project and investment planning and feasibility studies.

 

Mapping of pan-European broadband infrastructure, together with the mapping of existing and planned infrastructures, including in transport and energy, to develop an on-going detailed physical surveying and documentation of relevant sites, analysis of rights of way, assessments of potential for upgrading existing facilities, etc.

 

Analysis of the environmental impact, taking into account climate change adaptation and mitigation needs, and disaster resilience

Support actions and other technical support measures

Actions needed to prepare implementation of projects of common interest or actions contributing to that purpose, including preparatory, feasibility, evaluation and validation studies, technical and financial engineering assistance that facilitates the preparation of projects of common interest with a view to obtaining financial support on the market or under this Regulation, and any other technical support measure, including prior action to define and develop an action fully.

b) Broadband networks

Intervention in the field of broadband shall contribute to smart and inclusive growth through building a balanced and geographically diversified portfolio of broadband projects, including both 100Mbps and 1Gbps plus projects; with urbansuburban and rural projects, in order to reach a satisfactory level of connectivity in all the Member States.

Characteristics of the intervention

Description

The intervention in the field of broadband networks shall include:

Investments in open, high speed broadband networks capable of, at least, achieving the Digital Agenda 2020 target of universal coverage at 100Mbps, where possible; or

 

Investments in open, ultra high-speed broadband networks capable of achieving the Digital Agenda 2020 target and having at least 50% of households subscribing to speeds of 1Gbps, where possible and above;

The intervention in the field of broadband networks shall consist in particular of one or more of the following elements:

The deployment of passive physical infrastructure or the deployment of combined passive and active physical infrastructure and ancillary infrastructure elements, complete with services necessary to operate such infrastructure;

 

Associated facilities and associated services, such as building wiring, antennae, towers and other supporting constructions, ducts, conduits, masts, manholes, and cabinets;

 

Exploitation of potential synergies between the roll-out of broadband networks and other utilities networks (energy, transport, water, sewage, etc), in particular those related to smart electricity distribution.

c) Digital service infrastructures

Digital Service

Description

Trans-European high-speed backbone connections for public administrations

Public trans-European backbone service infrastructure that shall provide high speed connectivity between public institutions in areas such as public administration, culture, education, research and health.

Cross-border delivery of eGovernment services

Cross-border, and user-friendly interaction platforms, which shall generate efficiency gains both throughout the economy and in the public sector, and shall contribute to the Single Market.

 

Such platforms enable electronic procurement, online health services, standardised business reporting, electronic exchange of judicial information, trans-European online company registration, e-Government services for businesses, including trans-European online company registration, cross-border interoperable electronic invoicing services, deployment of infrastructures in public transports allowing the use of secure and interoperable mobile proximity services, online dispute resolution platform.

European Platform for Access to Educational Resources

Electronic multilingual platform where educational institutions and individuals would be able to share educational material under an open licence. The platform would host textbooks, articles and videos and would enable users to engage in input, cooperation and discussion. It would enable institutions to cooperate online, share experience and build capacity on Open Educational Resources and online education, and facilitate distance education and collaboration between educational actors, including through e-learning applications. It would also serve as a platform for searching and accessing public library resources.

Enabling access to public sector information and multilingual services

Digitalization of large collections of European cultural resources and fostering their re-use by third parties.

 

Achieving full access for re-use to all disclosable information held by the public sector in the EU by 2020, in accordance with the rules on privacy and the protection of personal data.

 

Enabling any business in the EU to offer online services in its own language that shall be seamlessly accessible and usable in any EU language

Safety and security

Shared computing facilities, databases and software tools for the Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in the Member States, as well as back-office operations to handle the reporting on sex abuse content

 

Critical service infrastructures, including communication channels and platforms developed and deployed in order to enhance the EU-wide capability for preparedness, information sharing, coordination and response.

Deployment of information and communication technology solutions for intelligent energy networks and for the provision of Smart Energy Services

Modern information and communication technologies in the field of smart energy services to meet the needs of citizens (who can be producers as well as consumers of energy), energy providers and public authorities.

Amendment  134

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Part III a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

List of pre-identified projects with synergies between at least two of the sectors covered by the Connecting Europe Facility.

 

Deployments of non-fossil fuel and non-polluting supply networks (e.g. electricity or hydrogen) for means of transport.

 

Implementation of smart grids by the exploitation of new or existing transport and telecommunication infrastructures.

 

The exploitation of transport infrastructures (e.g. tunnels, bridges, weirs, etc.) for the production of energy and/or for the deployment of new interconnectors which increase electrical capacity, deploy new gas corridors or telecommunication networks.

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             Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0266.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility is designed to:

- concentrate resources on projects with European added value in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructure, so as to create integrated European networks that ensure the uniform high-performance of that infrastructure throughout the Union;

- centralise, simplify and set conditions for the granting of the EU financing allocated under this Regulation, while harnessing the synergies between the three sectors;

- spread resources judiciously between direct aid and new financial instruments involving the market and heightening the effectiveness of European commitments;

- ensure more effective integration of the Cohesion countries financially, technically and operationally by applying Cohesion Fund rules in the field of transport to a proportion of the financing under the CEF;

In this time of major crisis, the pursuit of economic, social and environmental progress calls for:

- measures to rebalance public accounts;

- increased economic competitiveness in Europe;

- a revival of sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth.

As such, your rapporteurs strongly support this Regulation, which seeks to establish a Connecting European Facility that makes a weighty contribution to achieving growth and competitiveness in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications, in the three following ways:

- firstly, by equipping the public transport engineering sector with the means to effect infrastructure projects, thereby boosting vast sectors of the economy both at the implementation stage and at the commissioning and maintenance stages;

- secondly, by stimulating, within these sectors, the research, technology transfer and development (financial and operational) that will enable Europe to continue as a world leader in these fields;

- thirdly, by equipping the European Union with robust, high-performance and reliable transport, energy and telecommunication systems which contribute to the global competitiveness of its economy and to the harmonious and integrated functioning of the Union, by increasing its economic, social and environmental performance and its enhancing its territorial integration.

The financing requirements across the Union up to 2020 are estimated at:

- EUR 500 billion for the trans-European transport networks, EUR 250 billion of which should be earmarked for removing bottlenecks and creating missing links, including cross-border links;

- EUR 200 billion for trans-European transport networks;

- EUR 270 billion for the deployment of broadband and service platforms.

Since EUR 50 billion will be awarded to the Facility, there must be:

- judicious selection of infrastructure projects based on their European added value and consistency with the Europe 2020 Strategy;

- optimum and coordinated management of the Facility by the EU authorities;

- close cooperation with the stakeholders (Member States, regional and local authorities, project promoters);

- cooperation between the institutions themselves (Commission, Council and Parliament);

- special focus on the Cohesion countries, which have major needs but often limited resources;

- optimum allocation of financial resources between standard types of intervention and new financial instruments;

Ø grants should only be used for projects which generate little or no income, and cofinancing rates should be consonant with the objectives and priorities established, the expectations of the market operators and the type of operations

Ø innovative financing instruments should make it possible to resort largely to the market, hence ensuring:

o the interests of the Union and the regularity and objectivity of operations;

o significant leverage effects;

o no distortion of competition or disruption of the markets.

- incorporation of this Regulation under the next Multiannual Financial Framework, hence ensuring close coordination with the other financing instruments seeking the same goals, including:

Ø The 8th Framework Programme for Research and Development (Horizon 2020);

Ø regional cohesion policies.

In this perspective, your rapporteurs consider that the multiannual and annual programmes should be adopted via delegated acts. Parliament must be involved in this as the policy choices will be made (e.g. concerning the calls for proposal to be published) and specific additional rules concerning the submission of projects of common interest may be adopted, thereby substantially taking the place of the basic act. Moreover, in the fields of energy and telecommunications, no list exists of the projects of common interest to be financed, which is may result in too much discretionary power for the Commission.

The three sectors concerned in this instrument are of major strategic importance for the future of the Union and its population.

I – The field of transport

This sector provides the physical links between all the regions of the EU and facilitates the mobility of persons and goods, without which there can be no development and on which the territorial cohesion of the Union is dependent. It should also be stressed that, behind the policy on infrastructure and its use, lies a whole ancillary European manufacturing sector in the field of transport (e.g. the automobile, aviation, railways, space and transport systems industries) which remains a leader on the world stage and in which a large proportion of the EU’s economic potential resides.

Another telling characteristic of efficient transport networks is their contribution to competitiveness. In 1993, Jacques Delors, the President of the European Commission at the time, estimated in the White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment(1) that in order to create 15 million jobs and revive economic growth, 220 billion ecus(2) would be needed up to 2000 to financial transport networks, 82 billion of which would be for priority projects.

Twenty years on, and in a similar situation of economic crisis, the Commission is proposing EUR 50 billion less (EUR 31.7 billion) for a Union whose size and needs have increased considerably.

In the eyes of the Rapporteurs, the ideal amount to induce the leverage effect expected in the area of transport should represent at least 10% of the estimated needs (EUR 500 billion for TEN-T until 2020).

In order to cope with limited resources, the Commission proposes to clearly concentrate the Connecting Europe Facility to those projects which are mature to be financed during the period of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, have a high EU added value and deal with horizontal issues or sustainable forms of transport such as rail or inland waterway. A list in the Annex already defines a limited number of potential projects, notably in the form of corridors, which are to be funded by 85% of the money available for the CEF. The competitive element in the calls for proposals will nevertheless remain as the available money is not sufficient to finance all of these projects mentioned in the Annex.

The Rapporteurs welcome the introduction of the corridor approach, which is a significant improvement on the governance of the current TEN-T 30 priority projects chosen in 2004 for their high relevance to transnational traffic flows, cohesion and sustainable development objectives. The Rapporteurs would like to stick, at this stage and as a starting point, to the ten pre-identified corridors and other sections presented by the Commission and only propose a slight modification of the horizontal priorities by adding 'Motorways of the seas' so that this concept continues to be a priority for the TEN-T, as well as maritime ITS services.

Moreover, if Council agrees to reduce significantly the financial envelope, a significant review of the list of pre-identified transport projects mentioned in part I of the Annex should be carried out. 

Lastly, the possibility of harnessing a proportion of Cohesion funding under the Connecting Europe Facility in the field of transport should be viewed as an opportunity for the countries concerned. It will enable them to better connect with the major European networks, hence enhancing their competitiveness and integration within the European Union. However, the special financial and operational situation of these countries needs to be taken into account, particularly as regards the principle of ‘use it or lose it’. Technical assistance to support project engineering in Cohesion Fund countries should enable these to fully benefit from the CEF by compensating for certain handicaps as regards administrative capacities.

II – The field of energy

Infrastructure development poses several basic challenges for the European Union in the years to come:

- in(ter)dependence and solidarity in the field of (the security and stability) of EU energy supply;

- the launching of intelligent and better performing energy-saving networks;

- the development of new renewable energy networks and their connection to conventional networks.

In the energy sector, the investment gap, which has been estimated at over EUR 200 billion, and the delayed completion of the internal market constitute the main obstacles to overcome in reaching the EU 2020 strategic targets.

Therefore, your rapporteurs consider that reaching maximum leverage for each euro invested in energy infrastructure provides the highest value of the CEF. In this respect, the extensive use of financial instruments will also provide additional advantages to enhance and attract private finance through market based instruments, which are prerequisites for infrastructure development in times of financial constraints.

Grants can and should be used as a last resort for priority projects where there is no commercial viability, but important positive externalities, without distorting the still developing energy market and without creating artificial competition with private resources.

The CEF will function as a means to bridging the gap between the needs for new and upgraded infrastructure and the energy and climate targets set for 2020, provided that priorities are followed throughout the implementation phase of the Connecting Europe Facility.

I – The field of telecommunications

Demand-driven broadband deployment must represent the strategic choice to complete the single market in the Information Communication and Technology field and achieve the digital agenda goals.

Therefore, priority should be given to setting up a European digital service infrastructure; trans-European high-speed backbone connections for public administrations, cross–border delivery of eGovernment services (e.g.: cross border e-procurement, e-Justice, e-Health services); enabling access to public sector information, including digital resources of European heritage, data.eu and multilingual resources; safety and security (safer internet and critical service infrastructures) and smart energy services.

Your Rapporteurs believe that financial instruments should be the only delivery mechanism to support the deployment of broadband under the CEF. Indeed, financial instruments have many advantages as compared to grants, including much higher leverage and thus the ability to reach more households at the same budget. When approved, the public support programs must focus on creating positive externalities such as: development of local/rural economy, increased competitiveness and creating jobs.

IV - Synergies

Finally, your rapporteurs welcome the Commission’s proposal for a single instrument that covers the three sectors as this will reduce the administrative expenditure on management of the programme. They nevertheless feel that potential synergies between energy, transport and telecom should be further stimulated. In order to give more incentives to projects promoters to come forward with actions with potential synergies between the three sectors, the rapporteurs propose to introduce a more specific wording on synergies and in particular on the eligibility criteria, cofinancing rates, governing and financial rules. A new tentative list of pre-identified projects with potential synergies is presented in part IV of the Annex.

In conclusion, your rapporteurs believe that the CEF could, by way of transparent, synergic, simplified, centralised and compliance-based management, make for maximum efficiency in the financing of the EU’s major policy priorities in the field of transport, energy and ICT.

The amendments proposed are designed to clarify certain points, rather than to add new ones, as it is the opinion of your rapporteurs that the CEF Regulation should be kept concise.

At the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, your rapporteurs will devote the utmost attention to ensuring that considerable budgetary and operational resources are allocated to the Facility. Reducing those resources would render this mechanism and its content meaningless and seriously compromise the EU’s growth and competitiveness policies.

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COM (93)700

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1 ECU= 1Euro as 1 January 1999


OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AFFAIRS ON THE LEGAL BASIS

Mrs Amalia Sartori

Chair

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

BRUSSELS

Mr Brian Simpson

Chair

Committee on Transport and Tourism

BRUSSELS

Subject:           Opinion on the legal basis for the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (COM(2011)0665 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD))

Dear Chairs,

By letter of 16 January 2013, you asked the Committee on Legal Affairs, pursuant to Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure, to give its opinion on the appropriateness of adding Article 174 and Article 349 TFEU as the legal basis for the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility.

The proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was presented by the Commission on the basis of Article 172 TFEU. The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Transport and Tourism have jointly examined the proposal following the procedure of joint committee meetings laid down in Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure.

On 18 December 2012, the committees adopted their joint report on the regulation, including an amendment from the Committee on Regional Development, which seeks to add Articles 174 and 349 to the legal basis of the regulation.

Background

1. The proposal

The proposed regulation aims at creating a new integrated instrument for investing in EU infrastructure priorities in Transport, Energy and Telecommunication, the "Connecting Europe Facility" (hereinafter CEF).

The CEF is in line with the revision of the policy framework in all three sectors for the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework. In the energy sector, the proposed regulation identifies twelve priorities, corridors and areas, four for each sector: electricity and gas transportation, smart grids development, electricity highways and cross-border carbon dioxide networks.

In the transport sector, a core network has been identified with corridors for carrying freight and passenger traffic with high efficiency and low emissions. In this way, the existing services will be used in multimodal combinations, making them more efficient.

For telecommunication networks, the removal of the digital bottlenecks is a key objective. This implies a need for an overall improvement of the whole broadband network and the establishment of digital infrastructure platforms that permit the coherent digital deployment of European public services.

In order to ensure that the priorities set will be delivered in the period determined by the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, a contribution from the EU budget is needed. The funding will be provided in line with Commission suggestions, through the use of innovative financial instruments which create a multiplier effect, by facilitating and attracting other public and private financing to projects of EU interest.

2. The legal basis of the proposal

The legal basis proposed by the Commission, Article 172 TFEU, is the legal basis for adopting guidelines and other measures concerning trans-European networks (TENs) in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructures and reads as follows:

"Article 172

The guidelines and other measures referred to in Article 171(1) shall be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and after consulting the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

Guidelines and projects of common interest which relate to the territory of a Member State shall require the approval of the Member State concerned."

Article 171 TFEU, to which Article 172 refers, defines the measures the Union can take in order to promote trans-European networks as follows:

"Article 171

1. In order to achieve the objectives referred to in Article 170, the Union:

— shall establish a series of guidelines covering the objectives, priorities and broad lines of measures envisaged in the sphere of trans-European networks; these guidelines shall identify projects of common interest,

— shall implement any measures that may prove necessary to ensure the interoperability of the networks, in particular in the field of technical standardisation,

— may support projects of common interest supported by Member States, which are identified in the framework of the guidelines referred to in the first indent, particularly through feasibility studies, loan guarantees or interest-rate subsidies; the Union may also contribute, through the Cohesion Fund set up pursuant to Article 177, to the financing of specific projects in Member States in the area of transport infrastructure.

The Union’s activities shall take into account the potential economic viability of the projects.

2. Member States shall, in liaison with the Commission, coordinate among themselves the policies pursued at national level which may have a significant impact on the achievement of the objectives referred to in Article 170. The Commission may, in close cooperation with the Member State, take any useful initiative to promote such coordination.

3. The Union may decide to cooperate with third countries to promote projects of mutual interest and to ensure the interoperability of networks."

3. Proposed change of the legal basis

The citation adopted by the committees responsible on the basis of an amendment from the Committee on Regional Development seeks to add two new legal bases for the regulation:

a) Article 174 TFEU, which lays down the general objectives of economic, social and territorial cohesion, and reads as follows:

"Article 174

In order to promote its overall harmonious development, the Union shall develop and pursue its actions leading to the strengthening of its economic, social and territorial cohesion.

In particular, the Union shall aim at reducing disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions.

Among the regions concerned, particular attention shall be paid to rural areas, areas affected by industrial transition, and regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions with very low population density and island, cross- border and mountain regions."

b) Article 349 TFEU, which concerns specific measures in support of the outermost regions:

"Article 349

Taking account of the structural social and economic situation of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, which is compounded by their remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate, economic dependence on a few products, the permanence and combination of which severely restrain their development, the Council, on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament, shall adopt specific measures aimed, in particular, at laying down the conditions of application of the Treaties to those regions, including common policies. Where the specific measures in question are adopted by the Council in accordance with a special legislative procedure, it shall also act on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament.

The measures referred to in the first paragraph concern in particular areas such as customs and trade policies, fiscal policy, free zones, agriculture and fisheries policies, conditions for supply of raw materials and essential consumer goods, State aids and conditions of access to structural funds and to horizontal Union programmes.

The Council shall adopt the measures referred to in the first paragraph taking into account the special characteristics and constraints of the outermost regions without undermining the integrity and the coherence of the Union legal order, including the internal market and common policies."

Whereas the amendment adding the two new legal bases did not include any justification as such, the short justification of the opinion by the Committee on Regional Development provides some guidance as to the reasons behind the change:

"The rapporteur notes that the Member States eligible to benefit from the Cohesion Fund "have expressed some reservations and even opposition" to the transfer of €10 billion from the Cohesion Fund and earmarked within CEF to transport infrastructure projects exclusively for Cohesion Member States."

Analysis

1. Principles established by the Court

The case law of the Court of Justice as regards the choice of the correct legal basis is well established. The Court has emphasised that the choice is of constitutional importance in view of the consequences of the legal basis in terms of competence and procedure(1). Thus, under Article 13(2) TEU, each institution is to act within the limits of the powers conferred upon it by the Treaty(2). Furthermore, the Court has stressed that "the choice of legal basis for a [Union] measure must rest on objective factors amenable to judicial review, including in particular the aim and the content of the measure"(3).

As regards the possibility of a legal act having more than one legal basis, the Court has stated that this can only be the case when the act pursues a number of objectives or has several components that are intrinsically linked, without one being secondary and indirect in relation to the other. If the examination of a measure reveals that it pursues several objectives and/or includes different elements, one of which can be identified as the main objective or component, whereas others are merely incidental of subsidiary, the act must be based on a single basis, i.e. the one corresponding to the main objective and component.(4)

2. Evaluation of proposed legal bases

a) The legal basis of the proposal

Article 172 TFEU states that the ordinary legislative procedure applies to any measure or guideline regarding the area of trans-European networks (Article 171(1)) whose development and enforcement falls within the objectives stated in the TFEU, specifically in Article 170, which is cited. The latter specifies that: "the Union shall contribute to the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructures."

Article 1 of the proposal for a regulation establishing the CEF defines the subject matter of the regulation as follows:

"Article 1

This Regulation establishes the Connecting Europe Facility and determines the conditions, methods and procedures for providing Union financial aid to trans-European networks in order to support projects in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures."

Article 3 of the proposal defines the "general objectives" of the regulation, which are supplemented by sector specific objectives relative for the three sectors concerned, that is, transport, energy and telecommunications. Article 3 of the proposal reads as follows:

"Article 3

The Connecting Europe Facility shall enable the preparation and implementation of projects of common interest within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the sectors of energy, transport and telecommunications. In particular the Connecting Europe Facility shall support the implementation of projects aiming at the development and construction of new or upgrading of existing infrastructure in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications. To this end, the Connecting Europe Facility shall pursue the following objectives:

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support and by exploiting synergies across the sectors.

The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation.

(b) enable the Union to achieve its targets of a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions42, a 20% increase in energy efficiency and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% up to 2020, while ensuring greater solidarity among Member States."

The objectives of the proposed regulation clearly correspond to the objectives covered by Article 172 TFEU, which therefore must be considered a correct legal basis for the proposal.

b) Article 174 TFEU as a possible legal basis

A legal basis must provide for the competence to adopt legislation. Article 174 TFEU sets general objectives for regional development policy but does not include any operative provisions which would empower the institutions to legislate.

While it is thus clear that Article 174 cannot serve as a legal basis, one can note that, pursuant to Article 171 TFEU, which specifies action within the TEN framework and is made operative by Article 172, "the Union may also contribute, through the Cohesion Fund set up pursuant to Article 177, to the financing of specific projects in Member States in the area of transport infrastructure".

c) Article 349 TFEU as a possible legal basis

Article 349 allows, contrary to Article 174, for the adoption of legislative measures in the form of "specific measures aimed, in particular, at laying down the conditions of application of the Treaties to" the regions defined in the article. Among such measures the article lists "conditions of access to structural funds and to horizontal Union programmes".

When considering whether Article 349 could serve as a second legal basis, one needs to consider not only whether the proposal should have a double legal basis but also whether the report adopted in committee has amended the proposal to the extent that a supplementary legal basis would be required.

As regards the proposal, it appears obvious that the adaptation of the CEF to the outermost regions is not a separate and central objective of the proposal. Furthermore, it also appears evident that the report adopted jointly by the ITRE and TRAN committees did not change the general objectives in such a way that it would justify the addition of Article 349 TFEU as a second legal basis.

An amendment was adopted to Article 7(4) of the proposed regulation, which states that "actions in the field of broadband networks may also be financed through grants, for projects which reduce the digital divide by connecting rural, mountainous, remote or sparsely populated regions or island, landlocked and peripheral regions, provided that granting aid through a financial instrument would not be sufficient to lead to a positive investment decision."

However, this does not constitute a second independent objective of the proposed regulation which could be compared to those listed as the general objectives of the regulation, be it in the form proposed by the Commission or as adopted by the ITRE and TRAN Committees.

Recommendation of the Committee on Legal Affairs

The committee considered the above question at its meeting of 22 January 2013. At this meeting, it unanimously(5) decided to recommend that the appropriate legal basis for the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Connecting Europe Facility is Article 172 TFEU alone.

Yours sincerely,

Klaus-Heiner Lehne

(1)

Opinion 2/00 Carthagna Protocol [2001] E.C.R. I-9713, para. 5; Case C-370/07 Commission v. Council [2009] E.C.R. I-8917, paras 46-49; Opinion 1/08, General Agreement on Trade in Services [2009] ECR I-11129, para. 110.

(2)

Case C-403/05 Parliament v. Commission [2007] E.C.R. I-9045, para. 49, and the case-law cited therein.

(3)

See most recently Case C-411/06 Commission v Parliament and Council [2009] E.C.R. I-7585.

(4)

See, for instance, Case C-178/03 Commission v Parliament and Council (2006) EPR p. 1-107, paragraph 43.

(5)

The following were present for the final vote: Raffaele Baldassarre (Vice-Chair), Luigi Berlinguer, Sebastian Valentin Bodu (Vice-Chair), Piotr Borys, Françoise Castex (Vice-Chair), Christian Engström, Giuseppe Gargani, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Sajjad Karim, Vytautas Landsbergis, Eva Lichtenberger, Antonio Masip Hidalgo, Jiří Maštálka, Evelyn Regner (Vice-Chair), Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Francesco Enrico Speroni (rapporteur), Dimitar Stoyanov, József Szájer, Rebecca Taylor, Axel Voss, Rainer Wieland, Cecilia Wikström, Tadeusz Zwiefka.


OPINION of the Committee on Budgets (20.9.2012)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

(COM(2011)0665/2 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD))

Rapporteur: Göran Färm

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Budgets calls on the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, as the committees responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in their report:

Amendment  1

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1 a (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

1a. Points out that the financial envelope specified in the legislative proposal constitutes only an indication to the legislative authority and cannot be fixed until agreement is reached on the proposal for a regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020;

Amendment  2

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1 b (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

1b. Recalls its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe1; reiterates that sufficient additional resources are needed in the next MFF in order to enable the Union to fulfil its existing policy priorities and the new tasks provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon, as well as to respond to unforeseen events; points out that even with an increase in the level of resources for the next MFF of at least 5 % compared to the 2013 level, only a limited contribution can be made to the achievement of the Union’s agreed objectives and commitments and the principle of Union solidarity; challenges the Council, if it does not share this approach, to clearly identify which of its political priorities or projects could be dropped altogether, despite their proven European added value;

 

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1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0266.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) With a view to financing infrastructure in cross-border regions as part of the development of the network as a whole, strong synergies should be generated between the financing instruments of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the European Regional Development Fund.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) Experience with the current financial framework shows that many Member States, which are eligible to the Cohesion Fund, are facing significant obstacles in delivering on time complex cross-border transport infrastructure projects with a high Union added value. Therefore, in order to improve the delivery of transport projects, in particular cross-border ones, with a high Union added value, part of the Cohesion Fund allocation (EUR 10 billion) should be transferred to finance transport projects on the transport core network in the Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund under the Connecting Europe Facility. The Commission should support Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund to develop an adequate pipeline of projects in order to give greatest possible priority to the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

(13) Experience with the current financial framework shows that many Member States, which are eligible to the Cohesion Fund, are facing significant obstacles in delivering on time complex cross-border transport infrastructure projects with a high Union added value. Therefore, in order to improve the delivery of transport projects, in particular cross-border ones, with a high Union added value, part of the Cohesion Fund allocation (EUR 10 billion) should be transferred to finance transport projects on the transport core network in the Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund under the Connecting Europe Facility. The Commission should support Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund and strengthen, where appropriate, their administrative capacity to develop an adequate pipeline of projects in order to give greatest possible priority to the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund, but also in order to support them in applications for the EUR 21,7 billion available for all Member States and to ensure, to the largest possible extent, a geographical balance.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25) Several methods of implementation are necessary and require different funding rates to increase the efficiency and impact of the Union financial aid, to encourage private investment, and to respond to the specific requirements of individual projects.

(25) Several methods of implementation are necessary and require different funding rates and financial instruments to increase the efficiency and impact of the Union financial aid, to encourage private investment, and to respond to the specific requirements of individual projects.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 34

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(34) Even though the bulk of the investment under Europe 2020 Strategy can be delivered by markets and regulatory measures, the financing challenge require public interventions and Union support by grants and innovative financial instruments. Financial instruments should be used to address specific market needs, in line with the objectives of the CEF, and should not crowd out private financing. Before deciding to use financial instruments, the Commission should carry out ex-ante assessments of these instruments.

(34) Even though the bulk of the investment under Europe 2020 Strategy can be delivered by markets and regulatory measures, the financing challenge require public interventions and Union support by grants and innovative financial instruments. Financial instruments should be used to address specific market needs, in line with the objectives of the CEF, should be additional or complementary to other financing measures available and should not crowd out private financing. Before deciding to use financial instruments, the Commission should carry out ex-ante assessments of these instruments.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 36

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(36) In the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Commission pledged to mobilise Union financial instruments as part of a consistent funding strategy that pulls together Union and national public and private funding for infrastructures. This is based on the rationale that in many cases sub-optimal investment situations and market imperfections may be more efficiently tackled by financial instruments than by grants.

(36) In the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Commission pledged to mobilise Union financial instruments as part of a consistent funding strategy that pulls together Union and national public and private funding for infrastructures. This is based on the rationale that in many cases sub-optimal investment situations and market imperfections may be more efficiently tackled by financial instruments than by grants, improving the leverage effect of budget spending and achieving a higher multiplier effects in terms of attracting private sector financing. This is particularly relevant in the context of difficult access to credit, constraints on public finances, and in view of the need to underpin Europe's economic recovery. Financial instruments, driven by market demand, will benefit projects with similar financing needs and, thanks to synergies between the sectors, should produce greater benefits in terms of market impact, administrative efficiency and resource utilisation.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(37) The Connecting Europe Facility should propose financial instruments to promote substantial participation by the private sector investors and financial institutions in infrastructure investment. To be sufficiently attractive to the private sector, financial instruments should be designed and implemented with due regard to simplification and reduction of administrative burden, while with a level of flexibility in mind to be able to respond to identified financing needs in a flexible manner. The design of these instruments should draw from the experience gained in the implementation of financial instruments in the 2007-2013 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, such as the Loan Guarantee instrument for TEN-T projects (LGTT), the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) and the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure (the ''Marguerite Fund'').

(37) The Connecting Europe Facility should propose financial instruments to promote substantial participation by the private sector investors and financial institutions in infrastructure investment. To be sufficiently attractive to the private sector, financial instruments should be designed and implemented with due regard to simplification and reduction of administrative burden, while with a level of flexibility in mind to be able to respond to identified financing needs in a flexible manner. The design of these instruments should draw from the experience gained in the implementation of financial instruments in the 2007-2013 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, such as the Loan Guarantee instrument for TEN-T projects (LGTT), the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF), the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure (the ''Marguerite Fund'') and the Europe 2020 Project bond initiative.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 39

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(39) In order to ensure sectorial diversification of beneficiaries of financial instruments as well as encourage gradual geographical diversification across the Member States, the Commission in partnership with the EIB, through joint initiatives such as the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and Jaspers, should provide support to the Member States in developing an appropriate pipeline of projects that could be considered for project financing.

(39) In order to ensure sectorial diversification of beneficiaries of financial instruments as well as encourage geographical diversification across the Member States, and with particular attention to Member States eligible for support from the Cohesion Fund, the Commission in partnership with the EIB, through joint initiatives such as the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and Jaspers, should provide support to the Member States in developing an appropriate pipeline of projects that could be considered for project financing.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(43) Mid-term and ex-post evaluations should be carried out by the Commission in order to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the funding and its impact on the overall goals of the Facility and the Europe 2020 Strategy's priorities.

(43) Mid-term and ex-post evaluations should be carried out by the Commission in order to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the different types of financial support, its impact on the overall goals of the Facility and the overall volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, increasing the amount of investments towards the Europe 2020 Strategy's priorities.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support and by exploiting synergies across the sectors. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation.

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support, where projects could benefit from a blending of instruments, and by exploiting synergies across the sectors. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ba) contribute to support projects with a European added value and large societal benefits, which do not receive adequate financing from the market.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

i) removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, to be measured by the number of new and improved cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks on transport routes which have benefited from the Connecting Europe Facility;

i) removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links both within transport infrastructures and at the connecting points between them at border-crossing points, to be measured by the number of new and improved cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks on transport routes which have benefited from the Connecting Europe Facility;

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR 50 000 000 000 . That amount shall be distributed among the sectors referred to in Article 3 as follows:

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR 50 000 000 000, which is to be the prime reference for the budgetary authority during the annual budgetary procedure, within the meaning of point [17] of the Interinstitutional agreement of XX/XX/2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management. That amount shall be distributed among the sectors referred to in Article 3 as follows:

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

a) Transport: EUR 31 694 000 000, out of which EUR 10 000 000 000 shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with this Regulation in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund;

a) Transport: EUR 31 694 000 000, out of which EUR 10 000 000 000 shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with this Regulation, exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund;

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The financial envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility may cover expenses pertaining to, preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the Programme and the achievement of its objectives, in particular studies, meetings of experts, as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information processing and exchange, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the Programme.

The financial envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility may cover expenses pertaining to, preparatory, monitoring, control, audit, evaluation activities and administrative costs which are required for the management of the Programme and the achievement of its objectives, in particular studies, meetings of experts, as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information processing and exchange, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the Programme.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Following the mid-term evaluation according to Article 26.1, the Commission may transfer appropriations between the sectors of the allocation set out in paragraph 1, with the exception of the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States.

3. Following the mid-term evaluation according to Article 26 (1), the Commission may propose to transfer appropriations between the sectors of the allocation set out in paragraph 1, with the exception of the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States, without prejudice to the powers of the budgetary authority in the annual budgetary procedure.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In the field of transport, only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and programme support actions, shall be eligible for support through Union financial aid in the form of procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation. In the form of grants, only the following actions shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid under this Regulation:

2. In the field of transport, only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and programme support actions, shall be eligible for support through Union financial aid in the form of procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation. In order to ensure the largest possible geographical balance also in the use of financial instruments, notably through the programme support actions referred to paragraph 1, the Commission shall, where appropriate, provide administrative support, strengthening Member States' capacity to develop an adequate pipeline of projects for such instruments. In the form of grants, only the following actions shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid under this Regulation:

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) actions supporting new technologies and innovation for all modes of transport.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Proposals may be submitted by one or several Member States, international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.

1. Proposals may be submitted by one or several Member States, international organisations, joint undertakings, such as the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 2 – point b – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

ii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, as well as development of ports and multi-modal platforms: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible costs.

ii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, development of ports and multi-modal platforms, as well as actions supporting new technologies and innovation for all modes of transport: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible costs.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 3 – point (b)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 80% for actions which based on the evidence referred to in Article 15(2) (a) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure], provide a high degree of regional or Union-wide security of supply, or strengthen solidarity of the Union or comprise highly innovative solutions.

(b) co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 80% for actions which based on the evidence referred to in Article 15(2) (a) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure], provide a high degree of regional or Union-wide security of supply, or strengthen solidarity of the Union or comprise highly innovative solutions, in particular within the field of renewable energy.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Applicable rules for the transport sector under this Regulation shall apply to these specific calls. When implementing these calls, greatest possible priority shall be given to projects respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

2. Applicable rules for the transport sector under this Regulation shall apply to these specific calls. With a view to ensure, to the largest possible extent, geographical balance, the Commission shall, when implementing these calls, support Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund and strengthen, where appropriate, their administrative capacity to develop an adequate pipeline of projects, to ensure that greatest possible priority is given to projects respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund, but also in order to support these Member States in applications for the EUR 21,7 billion available for all Member States.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3b. To ensure the highest possible take-up rate of the transferred funds in all Member States eligible for support under the Cohesion Fund, particular attention shall be paid to programme support actions under this Regulation aimed at strengthening institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services involved in the development and implementation of projects designed to achieve CEF objectives.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point (b)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) loans and/or guarantees facilitated by risk-sharing instruments, including enhancement mechanism to project bonds, issued by a financial institution on its own resources with a Union contribution to the provisioning and/or capital allocation;

(b) loans and/or guarantees facilitated by risk-sharing instruments, including enhancement mechanism to project bonds, backing individual projects or portfolios of projects issued by a financial institution on its own resources with a Union contribution to the provisioning and/or capital allocation;

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Actions supported by means of financial instruments s shall be selected on a first come first served basis and shall seek sectoral diversification in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 as well as gradual geographical diversification across the Member States.

1. Actions supported by means of financial instruments shall be selected, all other things being equal, on a first come first served basis and shall seek sectoral diversification in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 as well as geographical diversification across the Member States.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The financial instruments shall aim to preserve the value of assets provided by the Union budget. The may generate acceptable returns to meet the objectives of other partners or investors.

3. The financial instruments shall aim to enhance the leverage effect of the spending provided from the Union budget, attracting additional resources from public as well as private investors. They may generate acceptable returns to meet the objectives of other partners or investors.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Financial instruments may be combined with grants funded from the Union budget, including under this Regulation.

4. Different types of financial instruments may be combined with each other and/or grants funded from the Union budget, including under this Regulation.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. No later than mid-2018, an evaluation report shall be established by the Commission on the achievement of the objectives of all the measures (at the level of results and impacts), the efficiency of the use of resources and its European added value, in view of a decision on the renewal, modification or suspension of the measures. The evaluation shall additionally address the scope for simplification, its internal and external coherence, the continued relevance of all objectives, as well as the contribution of the measures to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It shall take into account evaluation results on the long-term impact of the predecessor measures.

1. No later than mid-2017, an evaluation report shall be established by the Commission on the achievement of the objectives of all the measures (at the level of results and impacts), the efficiency of the use of resources and its European added value, in view of a decision on the renewal, modification or suspension of the measures. The evaluation shall additionally address the scope for simplification, its internal and external coherence, the continued relevance of all objectives, as well as the contribution of the measures to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including impact on economic, social and territorial cohesion. It shall take into account evaluation results on the long-term impact of the predecessor measures. Furthermore, the Commission shall in that evaluation make an assessment of future steps to be taken in order to enhance the efficiency of Union spending as well as to increase investment volumes towards priority projects. That assessment shall also examine, inter alia, how to make financial instruments even more attractive to a wider range of long-term investors, including public ones and how to widen the scope of projects eligible, and the possible development of equity instruments to finance Union infrastructure.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1a. The Facility shall take into account the independent full-scale evaluation of the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative, to be carried out in 2015. On the basis of that evaluation, the Commission shall assess the relevance of the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative and its effectiveness in increasing the volume of investments in priority projects and enhancing the efficiency of Union spending. In the light of that assessment, taking into account all options, the Commission shall consider proposing appropriate regulatory changes, including legislative changes, in particular if the predicted market uptake is not satisfactory or in the event that alternative sources of long-term debt financing become sufficiently available.

PROCEDURE

Title

Connecting Europe Facility

References

COM(2011)0665 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD)

Committees responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

17.11.2011

TRAN

17.11.2011

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

17.11.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Göran Färm

6.2.2012

Rule 51 – joint committee meetings

       Date announced in plenary

       

15.3.2012

Date adopted

19.9.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

28

2

3

Members present for the final vote

Marta Andreasen, Richard Ashworth, Francesca Balzani, Zuzana Brzobohatá, Andrea Cozzolino, James Elles, Göran Färm, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Ivars Godmanis, Lucas Hartong, Jutta Haug, Monika Hohlmeier, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Ivailo Kalfin, Sergej Kozlík, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Giovanni La Via, George Lyon, Barbara Matera, Claudio Morganti, Juan Andrés Naranjo Escobar, Dominique Riquet, Alda Sousa, Derek Vaughan, Angelika Werthmann

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Alexander Alvaro, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Peter Jahr, Paul Rübig, Peter Šťastný


OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development (29.11.2012)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

(COM(2011)0665/2 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD))

Rapporteur: Markus Pieper

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The CEF is the main EU instrument aimed at funding projects on the core network that have the highest European added-value by achieving cross-border missing links, key bottlenecks and multimodal nodes. The CEF will benefit all Member States, providing equal access to the Internal Market and accelerating the infrastructure development that the EU needs.

As regards the €10 billion transferred from the Cohesion Fund and earmarked within CEF to transport infrastructure projects exclusively for Cohesion Member States, the latest have expressed some reservations and even opposition. Nevertheless, the funds earmarked for Cohesion countries should find targeted application, since, if not used, they will not flow back into the Cohesion Fund and therefore be lost. It is the European Parliament's responsibility, as co-legislator, to work on the Commission proposal and bring the necessary clarifications to the text, with a view of ensuring support of all Member States in order to achieve a good proposal with European added value. In this regard, your draftsperson believes that the following clarifications should be made to the text:

The €10bn from the Cohesion Fund should not be counted for towards the 2,5% GDP cap.

The €10bn transferred from the Cohesion Fund should not be counted in for reaching the 2.5% GDP capping methodology, proposed in the MFF. At the level of principles, it does not make sense to include a centrally managed instrument like CEF in the capping. Most of the projects to be financed are cross-border projects and the capping could result in an uneven treatment on the two sides of a project. Moreover, it introduces for the Cohesion Member States an element of unequal treatment between the €21.7bn and €10bn amounts of money, as during the competition based project implementation, such ceiling, like the fully fixed country envelopes, is not possible to respect.

A stronger focus on cross -border projects in border regions

In many border areas, the current infrastructure still reflects narrow national principles (not an electoral priority for the Member States which prefer infrastructure investments in the centre, although crucial to benefit from the European integration process and the internal market), the respective regions suffering because of their peripheral location. A majority of priority projects does indeed concern transnational infrastructure projects, but often projects in the cross-border sections are finished in the very end or not finished at all. 26 out of the 30 priority projects of TEN-T so far concern works in border regions or have a cross-border dimension, but in all of these projects have investments in the border region been implemented last.

Strong synergies should be established between the CEF and the Cohesion funds.

Synergies with regard to cross-border infrastructure projects should be developed also with the territorial cooperation programmes financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund. Cross-border infrastructure projects also in richer regions should be explicitly eligible under the ERDF, in the growth and jobs programmes.

CEF should, in some cases, provide support for the comprehensive network.

Moreover, the CEF should be accessible for infrastructure projects on the comprehensive network with a capping of 5 %, especially for projects in cross-border regions.

A "deeper" connecting facility to strengthen investment in key infrastructure.

Countries with financial difficulties are most dependent on investment in infrastructure, as it stimulates growth and generates employment. Therefore, Member States with financial difficulties should, upon their own request, be able to use the resources flowing from corrected or recovered cash flows within the framework of the CEF and/or within their national envelopes for infrastructure projects. The respective amounts should be managed in a centralised way by the Commission in the framework of a programme on competitiveness and growth. This should encourage investment in national as well as transnational infrastructure projects and therefore contribute to a European added value.

Last but not least, it is worth highlighting that a EU-wide vision of long-distance corridor that goes beyond national boundaries is needed to identify the barriers (infrastructural ,technical and administrative) to a smooth, interoperable and intermodal transport and to address them. These barriers not only deeply harm the European competitiveness through an increase of costs and decrease of reliability of the logistic chain – they also affect asymmetrically the more peripheral countries thus worsening the EU territorial cohesion.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Regional Development calls on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment                1

Proposal for a regulation

Citation 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 172 thereof,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 172, 174 and 349 thereof,

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) A fully functioning single market depends on modern, highly performing infrastructure connecting Europe particularly in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications. These growth enhancing connections would provide better access to the internal market and consequently contribute to a more competitive market economy in line with Europe 2020 Strategy's objectives and targets.

(2) A fully functioning single market depends on modern, integrated, highly performing infrastructure connecting Europe and its regions, particularly in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications. These growth enhancing connections would provide better access to the internal market and consequently contribute to a more competitive market economy in line with Europe 2020 Strategy's objectives and targets.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The Commission has committed to mainstream climate change into Union spending programmes and to direct at least 20% of the Union budget to climate-related objectives. It is important to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as risk prevention and management are promoted in the preparation, design and implementation of projects of common interest. Infrastructure investments covered by this Regulation should contribute to promoting the transition to a low-carbon and climate- and disaster-resilient economy and society.

(5) The Commission has committed to mainstream climate change into Union spending programmes and to direct at least 20% of the Union budget to climate-related objectives. It is important to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as risk prevention and management are promoted in the preparation, design and implementation of projects of common interest. Infrastructure investments covered by this Regulation should contribute to promoting the transition to a low-carbon and climate- and disaster-resilient economy and society, without increasing the isolation of certain European regions, such as the outermost and island regions.

Justification

Measures and actions to promote a low-carbon society and economy should not be a cause of increased isolation for regions which are already distant from the internal economy.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) Close synergies should be achieved between funding instruments of the CEF and the ERDF to finance infrastructure in cross-border regions in the framework of the comprehensive network.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) On the basis of the objectives set by the White Paper, the TEN-T guidelines as laid down in Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of … identify the infrastructure of the trans-European transport network, specify the requirements to be fulfilled by it and provide for measures for their implementation. The Guidelines envisage in particular the completion of the core network by 2030.

(10) On the basis of the objectives set by the White Paper, the TEN-T guidelines as laid down in Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of … identify the infrastructure of the trans-European transport network, specify the requirements to be fulfilled by it and provide for measures for their implementation. The Guidelines envisage in particular the completion of the core network by 2030 through the creation of new infrastructure as well as the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing infrastructure.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Based on an analysis of the transport infrastructure plans of Member States, the Commission estimates that investment needs in transport amount to EUR 500 billion in the entirety of the TEN-T network for the period 2014-2020, of which an estimated EUR 250 billion will need to be invested in the core network of the TEN-T. Given the resources available at Union level, concentration on the projects with the highest European added value is necessary to achieve the desired impact. Support should therefore be focussed on the core network (in particular, the core network corridors) and on the projects of common interest in the field of traffic management systems (notably the air traffic management systems resulting from SESAR which require Union budgetary resources of about EUR 3 billion).

(11) Based on an analysis of the transport infrastructure plans of Member States, the Commission estimates that investment needs in transport amount to EUR [500] billion in the entirety of the TEN-T network for the period 2014-2020, of which an estimated EUR [250] billion will need to be invested in the core network of the TEN-T. Given the resources available at Union level, concentration on the projects with the highest European added value is necessary to achieve the desired impact. Support should therefore be focussed on the core network (in particular, the core network corridors), without excluding support for the comprehensive network, which may effectively increase social and territorial cohesion and improve accessibility throughout the Union, as well as on the projects of common interest in the field of traffic management systems (notably the air traffic management systems resulting from SESAR which require Union budgetary resources of about EUR 3 billion).

Justification

CEF support should be focussed on the core network, but should not completely exclude support for the comprehensive network in cases where projects provide added European value, particularly in areas such as the outermost regions, pursuant to the provisions of Articles 355 and 375 TFEU, which are covered by the comprehensive network, to prevent any increase in their isolation.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) Experience with the current financial framework shows that many Member States, which are eligible to the Cohesion Fund, are facing significant obstacles in delivering on time complex cross-border transport infrastructure projects with a high Union added value. Therefore, in order to improve the delivery of transport projects, in particular cross-border ones, with a high Union added value, part of the Cohesion Fund allocation (EUR 10 billion) should be transferred to finance transport projects on the transport core network in the Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund under the Connecting Europe Facility. The Commission should support Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund to develop an adequate pipeline of projects in order to give greatest possible priority to the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

(13) Experience with the current financial framework shows that some Member States, which are eligible to the Cohesion Fund, are facing significant obstacles in delivering on time complex cross-border transport infrastructure projects with a high Union added value. Therefore, in order to improve the delivery of transport projects, in particular cross-border ones, with a high Union added value, part of the Cohesion Fund allocation (EUR [XXX] billion) should be transferred to finance transport projects on the transport core network in the Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund under the Connecting Europe Facility. Until 31 December 2016, the selection of projects should fully respect the national allocations under Cohesion Fund. As from the 1st of January 2017, resources not yet committed to a transport infrastructure project should be made available to all Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund under the rules of this Regulation. Greatest possible priority should be ensured for projects respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund. The Commission should support Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund to develop and implement projects of European added value listed in the Annex of this Regulation.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a) Institutional and administrative capacity are essential prerequisites for an effective delivery of the objectives of the Connecting Europe Facility. The Commission should ensure that they are always at a sufficient level to design and implement projects, and wherever necessary it should offer appropriate means to the Member State concerned.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) It is necessary to develop strong and coherent EU-wide networks for the digital delivery of public-good actions, involving both public and civil society actors at national and regional level, and to this end it is essential to ensure the structured EU financing of the costs of the system and software design, as well as maintenance of a resilient hub for such networks, leaving only in-country costs for national operator budgets.

(24) It is necessary to develop strong and coherent EU-wide networks for the digital delivery of public-good actions, involving both public and civil society actors at national, regional and local level, and to this end it is essential to ensure the structured EU financing of the costs of the system and software design, as well as maintenance of a resilient hub for such networks, leaving only in-country costs for national operator budgets.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(37) The Connecting Europe Facility should propose financial instruments to promote substantial participation by the private sector investors and financial institutions in infrastructure investment. To be sufficiently attractive to the private sector, financial instruments should be designed and implemented with due regard to simplification and reduction of administrative burden, while with a level of flexibility in mind to be able to respond to identified financing needs in a flexible manner. The design of these instruments should draw from the experience gained in the implementation of financial instruments in the 2007-2013 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, such as the Loan Guarantee instrument for TEN-T projects (LGTT), the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) and the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure (the ‘'Marguerite Fund'’).

(37) The Connecting Europe Facility should propose financial instruments to promote substantial participation by the private sector investors and financial institutions in infrastructure investment. To be sufficiently attractive to the private sector, financial instruments should be designed and implemented with due regard to simplification and reduction of administrative burden, while with a level of flexibility in mind to be able to respond to identified financing needs in a flexible manner. The responsible management authorities should create the necessary incentives for attracting private investors. The design of these instruments should draw from the experience gained in the implementation of financial instruments in the 2007-2013 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, such as the Loan Guarantee instrument for TEN-T projects (LGTT), the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) and the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure (the ‘'Marguerite Fund'’).

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(41) Multi-annual programming for support from the Facility should be directed towards supporting the Union's priorities by ensuring the availability of the necessary financial resources and the consistency and continuity of joint action by the Union and the Member States. For proposals submitted following the implementation of the first multiannual work programme in the sector of transport, eligibility of cost should start on 1 January 2014 to ensure the continuity of projects already covered by Regulation (EC) No 680/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of the trans-European transport and energy networks.

(41) Multi-annual programming for support from the Facility should be directed towards supporting the Union's priorities by ensuring the availability of the necessary financial resources and the consistency, fairness and continuity of joint action by the Union and the Member States. For proposals submitted following the implementation of the first multiannual work programme in the sector of transport, eligibility of cost should start on 1 January 2014 to ensure the continuity of projects already covered by Regulation (EC) No 680/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of the trans-European transport and energy networks.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(44) On the basis of the sector specific guidelines laid down in separate Regulations, a list of priority areas for which this Regulation should apply has been drawn up and should be included in the Annex. In order to take into account possible changes in political priorities and technological capabilities, as well as traffic flows, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of adopting amendments to the Annex. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

(44) On the basis of the sector specific guidelines laid down in separate Regulations, a list of priority areas for which this Regulation should apply has been drawn up and should be included in the Annex. In order to take into account possible changes in political priorities and technological capabilities, as well as traffic flows, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of adopting amendments to the Annex. The Commission should carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) "comprehensive network" means a Europe-wide transport network, as provided for in Chapter II of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] ensuring the access to the internal market and interconnectivity of all regions in the Union, including the remote, outermost and very sparsely populated regions, thus strengthening the economic, social and territorial cohesion between Member States, within them and between Member States and third countries;

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Connecting Europe Facility shall enable the preparation and implementation of projects of common interest within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the sectors of energy, transport and telecommunications. In particular the Connecting Europe Facility shall support the implementation of projects aiming at the development and construction of new or upgrading of existing infrastructure in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications. To this end, the Connecting Europe Facility shall pursue the following objectives:

The Connecting Europe Facility shall enable the preparation and implementation of projects of common interest within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the sectors of energy, transport and telecommunications. In particular the Connecting Europe Facility shall support the implementation of projects aiming at the development and construction of new or upgrading of existing infrastructure in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications and giving priority to missing infrastructure. To this end, the Connecting Europe Facility shall pursue the following objectives:

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support and by exploiting synergies across the sectors. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation.

(a) contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, which take account of future traffic flows, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support and by exploiting synergies across the sectors. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest realised through the financial instruments under this Regulation as well as in conjunction with other financial resources.

(b) enable the Union to achieve its targets of a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in energy efficiency and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% up to 2020, while ensuring greater solidarity among Member States.

(b) contribute to achieve the Union targets of a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in energy efficiency and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% up to 2020, while ensuring greater solidarity among Member States.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) bridge missing links and remove bottlenecks, notably in cross-border sections.

Justification

Border regions suffer from their peripheral location and are therefore especially dependant on connections to the EU transport network. Infrastructure projects to build missing links and remove bottlenecks should herewith be encouraged in border regions connecting those to the core network and thus granting better access to the internal market.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Further to the general objectives set out under Article 3, the Connecting Europe Facility should contribute to achieving the following sector specific objectives:

1. Further to the general objectives set out under Article 3, the Connecting Europe Facility should contribute to achieving the following sector specific objectives:

(a) In the field of transport, the Connecting Europe Facility shall support projects of common interest pursuing the objectives set out below, as further specified under Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No xxxx/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines]:

(a) In the field of transport, the Connecting Europe Facility shall support projects of common interest pursuing the objectives set out below, as further specified under Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No xxxx/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines]:

(i) removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, to be measured by the number of new and improved cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks on transport routes which have benefited from CEF;

(i) removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, there by also using quotas and the co-financing rates as referred to in Article 10 of this Regulation and taking into account geographically disadvantaged regions to be measured by the number of new and improved internal and cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks on transport routes which have benefited from CEF;

(ii) ensuring sustainable and efficient transport in the long run, to be measured by the length of the conventional railway network in the EU-27 and the length of high-speed railway network in the EU-27;

(ii) ensuring sustainable and efficient transport in the long run, to be measured by the length of the conventional railway network in the EU-27 and the length of high-speed railway network in the EU-27;

(iii) optimise the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing interoperability of transport services. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the number of ports and airports connected to the railway network.

(iii) optimise the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing interoperability of transport services. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the number of ports and airports connected to the railway network;

 

(iv) preparing for future transport flows.

(b) In the field of energy, the Connecting Europe Facility shall support projects of common interest pursuing the following objectives, as further specified in Regulation (EU) No xxxx/2012:

(b) In the field of energy, the Connecting Europe Facility shall support projects of common interest pursuing the following objectives, as further specified in Regulation (EU) No xxxx/2012:

(i) promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders, including by ensuring that no Member State is isolated from the European network, to be measured by the number of projects effectively interconnecting Member states' networks and removing internal bottlenecks;

(i) promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders, including by ensuring that no Member State is isolated from the European network, to be measured by the number of projects effectively interconnecting Member states' networks and removing internal bottlenecks;

(ii) enhancing Union security of supply, to be measured by the evolution of system resiliance and security of system operations as well as number of projects allowing diversification of supply sources, supplying counterparts and routes;

(ii) enhancing Union security and efficiency of supply, by means of infrastructure modernisation to be measured by the evolution of system resiliance and security of system operations as well as number of projects allowing diversification of supply sources, supplying counterparts and routes;

(iii) contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission network and developing carbon dioxide networks, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centers and storage sites, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from CEF.

(iii) contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission network and developing carbon dioxide networks, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centers and storage sites, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from CEF.

(c) In the field of telecommunications networks the Connecting Europe Facility shall provide for action to support projects of common interest pursuing the following objectives, as further specified in Regulation (EU) No xxxx/2012 [INFSO Guidelines]:

(c) In the field of telecommunications networks the Connecting Europe Facility shall provide for action to support projects of common interest pursuing the following objectives, as further specified in Regulation (EU) No xxxx/2012 [INFSO Guidelines]:

(i) accelerating the deployment of fast and ultrafast broadband networks networks and their uptake, including by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to be measured by the level of broadband and ultrafast broadband coverage and the number of households having subscribed for broadband connections for above 100 Mbps;

(i) accelerating the deployment of fast and ultrafast broadband networks and their uptake in and between all regions of the EU and also in rural areas, including by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to be measured by the level of broadband and ultrafast broadband coverage and the number of households having subscribed for broadband connections for above 100 Mbps;

(ii) promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national public services on-line as well as access to such networks, to be measured by the percentage of citizens and businesses using public services on-line and the availability of such services across borders.

(ii) promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national public services on-line as well as access to such networks, to be measured by the percentage of citizens and businesses using public services on-line and the availability of such services across borders.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission network and developing carbon dioxide networks, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centers and storage sites, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from CEF.

(iii) contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission network, developing carbon dioxide networks and investing in sustainable transport, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centers and storage sites, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from CEF.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR 50 000 000 000. That amount shall be distributed among the sectors referred to in Article 3 as follows:

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR [XXX]. That amount shall be distributed among the sectors referred to in Article 3 as follows:

(a) transport: EUR 31 694 000 000, out of which EUR 10 000 000 000 shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with this Regulation in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund;

(a) transport: EUR [XXX],out of which EUR [XXX] shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with this Regulation, with Regulation (EU) No [...]/2012 [CPR], and with Regulation (EU) No [...]/2012 [Cohesion Fund], exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund for projects listed in Annex 1 and in full respect of national allocations under the Cohesion Fund until 31 December 2016;

(b) energy: EUR 9 121 000 000;

(b) energy: EUR [XXX];

(c) telecommunications: EUR 9 185 000 000.

(c) telecommunications: EUR [XXX].

2. The financial envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility may cover expenses pertaining to, preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the Programme and the achievement of its objectives, in particular studies, meetings of experts, as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information processing and exchange, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the Programme.

2. The financial envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility may cover expenses pertaining to, preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities which are required for the management of the Programme and the achievement of its objectives, in particular studies, meetings of experts, as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information processing and exchange, together with all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of the Programme.

The financial allocation may also cover the technical and administrative assistance expenses necessary to ensure the transition between the Programme and the measures adopted under Regulation (EC) No 680/2007. If necessary, appropriations could be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

The financial allocation may also cover the technical and administrative assistance expenses necessary to ensure the transition between the Programme and the measures adopted under Regulation (EC) No 680/2007. If necessary, appropriations could be entered in the budget beyond 2020 to cover similar expenses, in order to enable the management of actions not yet completed by 31 December 2020.

3. Following the mid-term evaluation according to Article 26.1, the Commission may transfer appropriations between the sectors of the allocation set out in paragraph 1, with the exception of the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States.

3. Following the mid-term evaluation according to Article 26.1, the Commission may transfer appropriations between the sectors of the allocation set out in paragraph 1, up to a maximum of 3% per sector, with the exception of the EUR [XXX] transferred from the Cohesion Fund to finance transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulations (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-E Guidelines, (EU) No XXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure] and XXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines] as well as programme support actions shall be eligible for support through EU financial aid in the form of grants, financial instruments and procurement.

1. Only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulations (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-E Guidelines, (EU) No XXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure] and XXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines] as well as programme support actions shall be eligible for support through EU financial aid in the form of grants, financial instruments and procurement.

2. In the field of transport, only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and programme support actions, shall be eligible for support through Union financial aid in the form of procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation. In the form of grants, only the following actions shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid under this Regulation:

2. In the field of transport, only actions contributing to projects of common interest according to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines] and programme support actions, shall be eligible for support through Union financial aid in the form of procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation. In the form of grants, only the following actions shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid under this Regulation:

(a) actions implementing the core network according to Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], including the deployment of new technologies and innovation according to Article 39 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(a) actions implementing the core network according to Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines], including the deployment of new technologies and innovation according to Article 39 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

 

(aa) actions implementing the comprehensive network according to Chapter II of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012[TEN-T Guidelines]when such actions contribute to facilitating cross border traffic flows or removing bottlenecks and when these actions also contribute to the development of the core network and ensure the interconnection between regions, including the most remote and outermost regions, up to a ceiling of 5% of the financial envelope for transport, as specified in Article 5 of this Regulation.

(b) studies for projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(b) studies for projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(c) actions supporting projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(a) and (d) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(c) actions supporting projects of common interest as defined in Article 8(1)(a) and (d) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(d) actions supporting traffic management systems in accordance with Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(d) actions supporting traffic management systems in accordance with Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(e) actions supporting freight transport services in accordance with Article 38 of Regulation XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(e) actions supporting freight transport services in accordance with Article 38 of Regulation XXX/2012 [TEN-T Guidelines];

(f) actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock;

f) actions targeting the reduction of rail noise including by retrofitting and modernisation of existing rolling stock;

(g) programme support actions.

(g) programme support actions;

 

(ga) actions supporting new technologies and innovation for all modes of transport.

Transport-related actions involving a cross-border section or a part of such a section shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid if there is a written agreement between the Member States concerned or between the Member States and third countries concerned relating to the completion of the cross-border section. Exceptionally, when a project is necessary to link to the network of a neighbouring Member State or a third country but does not actually cross the border, the written agreement referred to above shall not be required.

Transport-related actions involving a cross border section or a part of such a section shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid if there is a written agreement between the Member States concerned or between the Member States and third countries concerned, relating to the completion of the cross-border section. The Commission shall provide assistance for the conclusion of the agreement and shall report yearly to the Parliament on the cases where problems are encountered, and on the nature of the difficulties. Exceptionally, when a project is necessary to link to the network of a neighbouring Member State or a third country but does not actually cross the border, the written agreement referred to above shall not be required.

Grant funding for projects with significant user-based revenue sources shall be primarily available for purposes of project preparation, in particular PPP assessment.

Grant funding for projects with significant user-based revenue sources shall be primarily available for purposes of project, in particular PPP assessment.

3. In the field of energy, the specific eligibility conditions of actions implementing projects of common interest for Union financial aid in the form of financial instruments and grants under this Regulation are set out in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure].

3. In the field of energy, the specific eligibility conditions of actions implementing projects of common interest for Union financial aid in the form of financial instruments and grants under this Regulation are set out in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure].

4. In the field of telecommuniation, all actions implementing the projects of common interest and programme support actions set out in the Annex of the Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines] shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid in the form of a grant, procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation.

4. In the field of telecommuniation, all actions implementing the projects of common interest and programme support actions set out in the Annex of the Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [INFSO Guidelines] shall be eligible to receive Union financial aid in the form of a grant, procurement and financial instruments under this Regulation.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Grants under this Regulation may take any of the forms provided for by Article XXX of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation].

1. Grants under this Regulation may take any of the forms provided for by Article XXX of Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation].

The Work Programmes shall establish the forms of grants that may be used to fund the actions concerned.

The Work Programmes shall establish the forms of grants that may be used to fund the actions concerned.

2. Expenditure may be eligible from the date on which an application for aid is submitted. [Expenditure for actions resulting from projects included in the first multiannual programme may be eligible as from 1 January 2014].

2. Expenditure may be eligible from the date on which an application for aid is submitted. [Expenditure for actions resulting from projects included in the first multiannual programme may be eligible as from 1 January 2014].

3. Only expenditure incurred in Member States may be eligible, except where the project of common interest involves the territory of third countries and where the action is indispensable to achieve the objectives of the given project.

3. Only expenditure incurred in Member States may be eligible, except where the project of common interest involves the territory of third countries and where the action is indispensable to achieve the objectives of the given project.

4. The cost of equipment and infrastructure which is treated as capital expenditure by the beneficiary may be eligible up to its entirety.

4. The cost of equipment and infrastructure which is treated as capital expenditure by the beneficiary may be eligible up to its entirety.

5. Expenditure related to environmental studies on the protection of the environment and on compliance with the Union acquis may be eligible.

5. Expenditure related to environmental studies on the protection of the environment and on compliance with the Union acquis may be eligible.

6. Expenditure related to the purchase of land shall not be an eligible cost.

6. Expenditure related to the purchase of land not built on shall not be an eligible cost.

7. VAT shall not be an eligible cost.

7. Not recoverable VAT shall be an eligible cost.

8. Rules on the eligibility of costs incurred by beneficiaries shall apply mutatis mutandis to costs incurred by implementing bodies.

8. Rules on the eligibility of costs incurred by beneficiaries shall apply mutatis mutandis to costs incurred by implementing bodies.

 

8a. Technical and administrative assistance shall be considered as eligible cost.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Proposals may be submitted by one or several Member States, international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.

1. Proposals may be submitted by one or several Member States, international organisations, joint undertakings, such as EGTC, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.

Justification

The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation is a unique EU level tool, which can conceptualise and develop local strategies, represent the managing authority in complex programmes combining various sources of funding, and implement projects or programmes. The EGTC makes it possible to reduce administrative costs and complexity, with an extra added value in cross-border situations.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Except in cases referred to in Article XXX of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation], proposals shall be selected through calls for proposals based on the work programmes referred to in Article 17.

1. Except in cases referred to in Article XXX of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [New Financial Regulation], proposals shall be selected through calls for proposals based on the work programmes referred to in Article 17.

2. In the field of transport:

2. In the field of transport:

(a) with regard to grants for studies, the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible costs;

(a) with regard to grants for studies, the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible costs;

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(i) rail and inland waterways: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost; the funding rate may be increased to 30% for actions addressing bottlenecks; the funding rate may be increased to 40% for actions concerning cross-border sections;

(i) rail and inland waterways: the amount of Union financial aid shall be at least 20%, but shall not exceed 30% of the eligible cost; the funding rate shall be increased up to 30% for actions addressing bottlenecks; the funding rate shall be increased up to 40% for actions concerning cross-border sections; 25% of the funding under the CEF shall be earmarked for programmes on border crossing points.

(ii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, as well as development of ports and multi-modal platforms: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

(ii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock and by facilitating its modernisation, as well as development of ports, thereby taking geographically disadvantaged regions into account, and actions supporting new technologies and innovation for all modes of transport: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS): the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and the River Information Systems: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;

(ii) traffic management systems, freight transport services, secure parkings on the road core network, as well as actions to support the development of Motorways of the Seas: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

(ii) traffic management systems, freight transport services, secure parkings on the road core network, as well as actions to support the development of Motorways of the Seas: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.

3. In the field of energy:

3. In the field of energy:

(a) the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost of studies and/or works;

(a) the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost of studies and/or works;

(b) co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 80% for actions which based on the evidence referred to in Article 15(2) (a) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure], provide a high degree of regional or Union-wide security of supply, or strengthen solidarity of the Union or comprise highly innovative solutions.

(b) co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 80% for actions which based on the evidence referred to in Article 15(2) (a) of Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Guidelines for energy infrastructure], provide a high degree of regional or Union-wide security of supply, or strengthen solidarity of the Union or comprise highly innovative solutions.

4. In the field of telecommunications:

4. In the field of telecommunications:

(a) actions in the field of broadband networks: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;

(a) actions in the field of broadband networks: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;

(b) actions in the field of generic services: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 75% of the eligible costs;

(b) actions in the field of generic services: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 75% of the eligible costs;

(c) core service platforms shall be typically funded by procurement. In exceptional cases, they may be funded by a grant covering up to 100% of eligible costs, without prejudice to the co-financing principle;

(c) core service platforms shall be typically funded by procurement. In exceptional cases, they may be funded by a grant covering up to 100% of eligible costs, without prejudice to the co-financing principle;

(d) programme support actions including infrastructure mapping, twinning and technical assistance: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 75% of the eligible costs.

(d) programme support actions including infrastructure mapping, twinning and technical assistance: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 75% of the eligible costs.

5. Co-financing rates mentioned above may be increased by up to 10 percentage points for actions having cross-sector synergies, reaching climate mitigation objectives, enhancing climate resilience or reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. This increase should not apply to co-financing rates referred to in Article 11.

5. Co-financing rates mentioned above may be increased by up to 10 percentage points for actions having cross-sector synergies, reaching climate mitigation objectives, enhancing climate resilience or reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. This increase should not apply to co-financing rates referred to in Article 11.

6. The amount of financial aid to be granted to the actions selected will be modulated based on a cost-benefit analysis of each project, availability of budget resources, and the need to maximise the leverage of EU funding.

6. The amount of financial aid to be granted to the actions selected will be modulated based on a cost-benefit analysis of each project, availability of budget resources, and the need to maximise the leverage of EU funding.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. As regards the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, specific calls shall be launched for projects implementing the core network exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund.

1. As regards the EUR [XXX] transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, specific calls shall be launched for projects implementing the core network, exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund.

2. Applicable rules for the transport sector under this Regulation shall apply to these specific calls. When implementing these calls, greatest possible priority shall be given to projects respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

2. Applicable rules for the transport sector under this Regulation shall apply to these specific calls, pursuing the goal of eliminating obstacles to mobility. The selection of eligible projects shall be done on the basis of their sufficient maturity, quality and EU-added value according to the objectives and criteria specified in this Regulation, and respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund until 31 December 2016. As of 1 January 2017, resources transferred to the Connecting Europe Facility which have not been committed to a transport infrastructure project shall be made available to all Member States eligible to the Cohesion Fund to finance transport infrastructure projects, according to the rules of this Regulation. Nevertheless, greatest possible priority shall be ensured for projects respecting the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund.

3. By the way of derogation from Article 10, and as regards the EUR 10 000 000 000 transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, the maximum funding rates shall be those applicable to the Cohesion Fund referred to in Article 22 and Article 110.3 of Regulation (EU) No XXX2012 [Regulation laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006] for the following actions:

3. By the way of derogation from Article 10, and as regards the EUR [XXX] transferred from the Cohesion Fund [Regulation XXX Article XX] to be spent in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund, the maximum funding rates shall be those applicable to the Cohesion Fund referred to in Article 22 and Article 110.3 of Regulation (EU) No XXX2012 [Regulation laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006] for the following actions:

(a) with regard to grants for studies;

(a) with regard to grants for studies;

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(b) with regard to grants for works:

(i) rail and inland waterways;

(i) rail and inland waterways;

(ii) actions to support cross-border road sections;

(ii) actions to support cross-border road sections;

(iii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, development of multi-modal platforms and of ports;

(iii) inland transport connections to ports and airports, development of multi-modal platforms and of ports;

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(c) with regard to grants for traffic management systems and services:

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS);

(i) the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), the River information Services (RIS) and the Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information systems (VTMIS);

(ii) traffic management systems.

(ii) traffic management systems;

 

(iii) motorways of the sea.

 

In order to support Member States eligible to the cohesion Fund, which may experience difficulties in designing projects that are of a sufficient maturity, quality and EU-added value, the Commission shall organise additional calls at least on a yearly basis. To ensure the highest possible absorption of the transferred funds in all Member States eligible to the cohesion Fund, particular attention shall be given to programme support actions under the Connecting Europe Facility aimed at strengthening institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services related to the development and implementation of projects listed in Annex 1 of this Regulation.

 

3a. The EUR [XXX] transferred from the Cohesion Fund shall not be counted in the 2.5% GDP capping methodology for Cohesion countries.

 

3b. The resources of the Cohesion Fund used to finance for transport sector projects in the Cohesion Fund eligible Member States shall not count against the Cohesion Policy's capping system.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 11a

 

1. Member States with financial difficulties, falling under the provisions of Art. 22 and 100(3) of Regulation (EU)No XXX/XXXX ( Common Provisions Regulation) , besides the higher co-financing rate with up to 10% also under CEF1, may, upon their own request, use

 

(i) resources flowing from recovered cash flows in the framework of the CEF for infrastructure projects;

 

(ii) the resources flowing from corrected and/or recovered cash flows within their national envelopes for infrastructure projects;

 

(iii) the respective amounts should be managed in a centralised way by the Commission in the framework of a programme on competitiveness and growth. This shall encourage investment in national as well as transnational infrastructure projects and therefore contribute to a European added value.

 

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1 Idem 3, art 11 (3)

Justification

Member States with financial difficulties are especially dependant on infrastructure as it boosts employment and stimulates growth.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) following an evaluation of the progress of the project, in particular in the event of major delays in the implementation of the action.

(c) following an evaluation of the progress of the project, in particular in the event of major delays in the implementation of the action resulting from direct responsibility of the beneficiaries.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Before the Commission takes any of the decisions provided for in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, it shall examine the case at hand and inform the beneficiaries concerned so that they may present their observations within a given timeframe.

4. Before the Commission takes any of the decisions provided for in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, it shall examine the case at hand and inform the beneficiaries concerned so that they may present their observations within a minimum of three months.

Justification

A minimum timeframe of 3 months should provide sufficient time for national and local authorities to prepare in depth analysis and submit meaningful observations on a given project before the EC takes action.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a. Financial instruments shall address one or more specific policy objectives of the Union, operate in a non-discriminatory fashion, must have a clear end-date, respect the principles of sound financial management and be complementary to traditional instruments such as grants.

Justification

The use of financial instruments should be well regulated and sufficient guarantees should be provided to minimise risk to public money and enhance the leverage effects.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall for projects related to transport and energy sectors, undertake the technical monitoring and financial control of actions in close cooperation with the Commission and shall certify the reality and the conformity of the expenditure incurred in respect of projects or parts of projects. The Member States may request the participation of the Commission during on-the-spot checks.

Member States shall for projects related to transport, energy and telecommunications sectors, undertake the technical monitoring and financial control of actions in close cooperation with the Commission and shall certify the reality and the conformity of the expenditure incurred in respect of projects or parts of projects. The Member States may request the participation of the Commission during on-the-spot checks.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In the field of telecommunications in particular, the national regulatory authorities shall make every effort to ensure the required legal certainty and investment conditions facilitating the implementation of the projects receiving Union financial aid under this Regulation.

In the field of telecommunications the national regulatory authorities shall also make every effort to ensure the required legal certainty and investment conditions facilitating the implementation of the projects receiving Union financial aid under this Regulation.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall take appropriate measures ensuring that, when actions financed under this Regulation are implemented, the financial interests of the Union are protected by the application of preventive measures against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities, by effective checks and, if irregularities are detected, by the recovery of the amounts wrongly paid and, where appropriate, by effective, proportional and deterrent penalties.

1. The Commission shall take appropriate measures ensuring that, when actions financed under this Regulation are implemented, the financial interests of the Union are protected by ensuring that costs are not disproportionate for infrastructure of the same type in the different Member States taking into due consideration local prices, by the application of preventive measures against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities, by effective checks and, if irregularities are detected, by the recovery of the amounts wrongly paid and, where appropriate, by effective, proportional and deterrent penalties.

Justification

It must be ensured, to the maximum possible extent, that the cost of infrastructure projects financed by EU money is homogeneous in the different Member States, on the basis of the cost of local labour and materials.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall be assisted by a Coordination Committee of the Facility. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

1. The Commission shall be assisted by a Coordination Committee of the Facility and by committees established for each of the three sectors of the Instrument - transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructure. These committees shall be committees within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The committee shall ensure a horizontal overview of the work programmes referred to in Article 17 to ensure consistency and that synergies are identified and exploited between sectors.

3. The Coordination committee shall ensure a horizontal overview of the work programmes referred to in Article 17 to ensure consistency and that synergies are identified and exploited between sectors. The committees of respective sectors shall help the Commission monitor implementation of the respective guidelines and shall take part in their reviews.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 20 shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period from the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

2. The delegations of power referred to in Article 20 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of 3 years from ...*. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than 9 months before the end of the three-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than 3 months before the end of each period.

 

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* OJ: Please insert the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

Justification

Delegated acts should not pre-empt on the powers of the legislators and therefore provisions should be included to allow for a regular monitoring of the executive powers of the Commission.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 20 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or by the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 20 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or by the Council within a period of 3 months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by 3 months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. No later than mid-2018, an evaluation report shall be established by the Commission on the achievement of the objectives of all the measures (at the level of results and impacts), the efficiency of the use of resources and its European added value, in view of a decision on the renewal, modification or suspension of the measures. The evaluation shall additionally address the scope for simplification, its internal and external coherence, the continued relevance of all objectives, as well as the contribution of the measures to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It shall take into account evaluation results on the long-term impact of the predecessor measures.

1. No later than mid-2017, an evaluation report shall be established by the Commission on the achievement of the objectives of all the measures (at the level of results and impacts), the efficiency of the use of resources and its European added value, in view of a decision on the renewal, modification or suspension of the measures. The evaluation shall additionally address the scope for simplification, its internal and external coherence, the continued relevance of all objectives, as well as the contribution of the measures to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including impact on economic, social and territorial cohesion. It shall take into account evaluation results on the long-term impact of the predecessor measures.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – part 1 - section a – point 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück –Rheine-Twente/Mittellandkanal- Enschede – Hengelo-Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

 

Inland Waterway (IWW): Feasibility study for the connection between the Mittellandcanal and the Twentecanal

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – part 1 - section a – point 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Airport Münster/Osnabrück FMO – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

 

Rail, Airport: rail – airport Münster-Osnabrück interconnection

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – part 1 - section a – point 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Hengelo/Twente – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

 

Rail: upgrading of several sections (Hannover – Osnabrück – Hengelo/Twente; especially Minden/Seelze - Hannover and Twente-Bypass)

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – part 1 - section a – point 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

BY border – Warzsawa – Poznań – Frankfurt/Oder – Berlin – Hannover – West-German Canals, Mittellandkanal – Osnabrück – Enschede – Utrecht – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Birmingham/Manchester – Liverpool

 

Pre-identified sections: West-German Canals, Mittellandkanal, Hannover – Magdeburg - Berlin

 

Mode: IWW

 

Description/dates: Upgrading (e.g. elevation of the bridges allowing three layers of containers) incl. links to the other modes

PROCEDURE

Title

Connecting Europe Facility

References

COM(2011)0665 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD)

Committees responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

17.11.2011

TRAN

17.11.2011

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

17.11.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Markus Pieper

23.11.2011

Rule 51 – joint committee meetings

       Date announced in plenary

       

15.3.2012

Discussed in committee

23.11.2011

20.6.2012

12.7.2012

17.9.2012

Date adopted

27.11.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

39

1

2

Members present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Luís Paulo Alves, Victor Boştinaru, John Bufton, Salvatore Caronna, Nikos Chrysogelos, Francesco De Angelis, Tamás Deutsch, Danuta Maria Hübner, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, María Irigoyen Pérez, Seán Kelly, Mojca Kleva, Constanze Angela Krehl, Petru Constantin Luhan, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Vladimír Maňka, Iosif Matula, Erminia Mazzoni, Miroslav Mikolášik, Jens Nilsson, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Markus Pieper, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Monika Smolková, Ewald Stadler, Georgios Stavrakakis, Nuno Teixeira, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Oldřich Vlasák, Kerstin Westphal, Hermann Winkler, Joachim Zeller

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Jan Březina, Andrea Cozzolino, Ivars Godmanis, Karin Kadenbach, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Heide Rühle, Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Elisabeth Schroedter


PROCEDURE

Title

Connecting Europe Facility

References

COM(2011)0665 – C7-0374/2011 – 2011/0302(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

19.10.2011

 

 

 

Committees responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

17.11.2011

TRAN

17.11.2011

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

17.11.2011

REGI

17.11.2011

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Adina-Ioana Vălean

10.11.2011

Inés Ayala Sender

10.11.2011

Dominique Riquet

10.11.2011

 

Rule 51 – joint committee meetings

       Date announced in plenary

       

15.3.2012

Legal basis disputed

       Date of JURI opinion

JURI

22.1.2013

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

27.3.2012

24.4.2012

18.9.2012

5.11.2012

Date adopted

18.12.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

81

8

5

Members present for the final vote

Gabriele Albertini, Amelia Andersdotter, Josefa Andrés Barea, Jean-Pierre Audy, Inés Ayala Sender, Georges Bach, Erik Bánki, Ivo Belet, Bendt Bendtsen, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Philip Bradbourn, Antonio Cancian, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Giles Chichester, Michael Cramer, Jürgen Creutzmann, Philippe De Backer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christine De Veyrac, Christian Ehler, Saïd El Khadraoui, Ismail Ertug, Carlo Fidanza, Vicky Ford, Jacqueline Foster, Adam Gierek, Norbert Glante, Robert Goebbels, Mathieu Grosch, András Gyürk, Fiona Hall, Jacky Hénin, Jim Higgins, Romana Jordan, Krišjānis Kariņš, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Georgios Koumoutsakos, Philippe Lamberts, Eva Lichtenberger, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Marisa Matias, Gesine Meissner, Angelika Niebler, Jaroslav Paška, Hubert Pirker, Miloslav Ransdorf, Herbert Reul, Michèle Rivasi, Jens Rohde, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, David-Maria Sassoli, Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Salvador Sedó i Alabart, Olga Sehnalová, Brian Simpson, Francisco Sosa Wagner, Konrad Szymański, Keith Taylor, Britta Thomsen, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Evžen Tošenovský, Claude Turmes, Giommaria Uggias, Marita Ulvskog, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Kathleen Van Brempt, Peter van Dalen, Patricia van der Kammen, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Artur Zasada, Roberts Zīle

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Maria Badia i Cutchet, Spyros Danellis, Ioan Enciu, Markus Ferber, Michael Gahler, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Andrzej Grzyb, Roger Helmer, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Ivailo Kalfin, Werner Langen, Mario Pirillo, Dominique Riquet, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Sabine Wils, Corien Wortmann-Kool

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Tanja Fajon, Esther Herranz García, Marit Paulsen, Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris

Date tabled

29.1.2013

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