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PE 489.704v03-00 A7-0012/2013

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

(COM(2011)0650/3 – C7-0375/2012 – 2011/0294(COD))

Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Georgios Koumoutsakos, Ismail Ertug

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
 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 Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

(COM(2011)0650/3 – C7-0375/2012 – 2011/0294(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0650/3),

–  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 (C7-0375/2012),

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

–  having regard to the reasoned opinion submitted, within the framework of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, by the French Senate, asserting that the draft legislative act does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity,

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 22 February 2012,(1)

–  having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 3 May 2012(2),

–  having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the opinions of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Regional Development (A7-0012/2013),

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

2.  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;

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

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The planning, development and operation of trans-European transport networks contribute to the attainment of major Union objectives, such as the smooth functioning of the internal market and the strengthening of economic and social cohesion and also have the specific objectives of allowing the seamless and sustainable mobility of persons and goods and ensuring accessibility for all regions of the Union.

(2) The planning, development and operation of trans-European transport networks should be in line with the objectives and priorities defined in the White Paper on Transport ("Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area") and the EU 2020 Strategy. They should contribute to the attainment of major Union objectives, such as the full implementation and smooth functioning of the internal market and the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion. They should also have the specific objectives of allowing the seamless, safe and sustainable mobility of persons and goods among Member States and ensuring appropriate accessibility and connectivity for all regions of the Union, including the insular, remote and outermost regions. They should contribute to further economic growth and competitiveness in a global context. Furthermore, sustainable passenger transport patterns need to be based on multi-modal solutions for all citizens as well as on improved social inclusion.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) These specific objectives should be achieved by establishing interconnections and interoperability between national transport networks in a resource-efficient way.

(3) These specific objectives should be achieved by establishing interconnections and interoperability between national transport networks in a sustainable way with energy-efficient clean technologies and taking account of the need to safeguard the environment. Railway interoperability could be promoted by innovative solutions that improve the compatibility among the different systems, such as on-board equipment and multi-gauge tracks.For the purposes of European added-value, the Union should focus its efforts and concentrate its resources in particular on cross-border sections.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) Growth in traffic has resulted in increased congestion on international transport corridors. In order to ensure the international mobility of goods and passengers, the capacity of the trans-European transport network and the use of this capacity should be optimised and, if necessary, expanded by removing infrastructure bottlenecks and bridging missing infrastructure links within and between Member States.

(4) Growth in traffic has resulted in increased congestion on international transport corridors. In order to ensure the international mobility of goods and passengers, the capacity of the trans-European transport network and the use of this capacity should be optimised and, if necessary, expanded by removing infrastructure bottlenecks and bridging missing infrastructure links within and between Member States and, as appropriate, neighbouring countries, in particular with a view to the accession of Croatia to the Union in 2013 and the negotiations under way with other candidate and potential candidate countries.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) The trans-European transport network policy has to take into account the evolution of the transport policy and infrastructure ownership. In the past, Member States were the principal entity in charge of creating and maintaining transport infrastructure. However, other entities, including private, have also become relevant for the realisation of a multimodal trans-European transport network, including for example infrastructure managers, concessionaires or port and airports authorities.

(7) The trans-European transport network policy has to take into account the evolution of the transport policy and infrastructure ownership. In the past, Member States were the principal entity in charge of creating and maintaining transport infrastructure. However, other entities, including private partners, have also become relevant for the realisation of a multimodal trans-European transport network and the related investments, including for example regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, concessionaires or port, interport and airport authorities.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a) When implementing projects of common interest on the TEN-T, due consideration should be given to the particular circumstances of the individual project. Where possible, synergies with other policies should be exploited, for instance with tourism aspects by including on civil engineering structures such as bridges or tunnels bicycle infrastructure for long-distance cycling paths like the EuroVelo routes.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8 b) The trans-European transport network should be developed through the creation of new transport infrastructure, revitalisation and upgrading of existing infrastructure and through measures promoting its resource-efficient use.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) The trans-European transport network should best be developed through a dual layer approach, consisting of a comprehensive network and a core network, these two layers being the highest level of infrastructure planning within the Union.

(9) The trans-European transport network should be developed through a dual layer approach, consisting of a comprehensive network and a core network, these two layers being the highest level of infrastructure planning within the Union and being based on a common and transparent methodology.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) The comprehensive network should be a European-wide transport network ensuring the accessibility of all regions in the Union, including the remote and outermost regions, as also pursued by the Integrated Maritime Policy1, and strengthening cohesion between them. The guidelines should set the requirements for the infrastructure of the comprehensive network, in order to achieve a high-quality network throughout the Union by 2050.

(10) The comprehensive network should be a European-wide transport network ensuring the accessibility of all regions in the Union, including the remote, insular and outermost regions, as also pursued by Regulation (EU) No 1255/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2011 establishing a Programme to support the further development of an Integrated Maritime Policy1, and strengthening social and economic cohesion between them. The guidelines should set the requirements for the infrastructure of the comprehensive network, in order to develop a high-quality network throughout the Union by 2050.

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1 COM(2007) 575 final.

1 OJ L 321, 5.12.2011, p. 1.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) The outermost regions still need urgently to optimise their accessibility, especially as regards air links to the European mainland and the carriage of passengers and goods by sea, since this is the only way for them to integrate more fully into the internal market.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10b) The comprehensive network should take into account the specific problems of some Member States, such as sparsely populated areas without alternative local roads, and should ensure that those problems are managed efficiently and in appropriate way. This would contribute to enabling all citizens to enjoy the free movement in the Union.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) The core network should be identified and implemented as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks.

(11) The core network should be identified and implemented, as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, last-mile connections, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks serving the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 60 % below 1990 levels by 2050.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) The core network should be identified and implemented as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks.

(Does not affect English version.)

Justification

(Does not affect English version.)

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) The interests of regional and local authorities as well as of local civil society affected by a project of common interest should be appropriately taken into account in the planning and construction phase of projects.

Justification

In order to avoid and prevent future conflicts over certain projects and plans, it is essential to consult civil society organisations and authorities with local/regional expertise.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11b) The particular situation of isolated or partially isolated rail networks should be recognised by way of exemptions from certain infrastructure requirements.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) In order to establish the core and the comprehensive network in a coordinated and timely manner, allowing thereby maximising the network benefits, Member States concerned should ensure that the projects of common interest are finalised by 2030 and 2050 respectively.

(12) In order to establish the core and the comprehensive network in a coordinated and timely manner, allowing thereby maximising the network benefits, Member States concerned should ensure that the projects of common interest are finalised by 2030 and 2050 respectively. In the context of the review according to Article 57, the Commission should assess the state of progress of the projects and, where necessary, should be able to reconsider those deadlines, taking account of any developments that may affect their achievement, as well as the catch-up process of new Member States.

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) It is necessary to identify projects of common interest which will contribute to the achievement of the trans-European transport network and which correspond to the priorities established in the guidelines.

(13) It is necessary to identify projects of common interest which will contribute to the achievement of the trans-European transport network and which contribute to the objectives and correspond to the priorities established in the guidelines

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) Projects of common interest should demonstrate a clear European added value. Cross-border projects typically have high European added value, but may have lower direct economic effects compared to purely national projects. Therefore, they are likely not to be implemented without Union intervention.

(14) Projects of common interest should demonstrate a clear European added value, by enhancing interconnections between Member States and improving the fluidity, speed and sustainability of transport flows throughout the Union. Cross-border projects typically have high European added value. Their lower direct economic effects compared to purely national projects call for priority intervention by the Union in order to ensure that they are implemented.

Justification

It should be made clear what exactly is meant by ‘added value’ by means of a brief reference to the definition of ‘European added value’ proposed in the EP report on this proposal for a regulation. Union intervention to fund transfrontier projects must have priority, given the high European added value of such projects.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a) Projects of common interest should, furthermore, be subject to a socio-economic cost-benefit analysis tailored to the trans-European transport networks and taking all social, economic and environmental benefits and costs into account. The results of this analysis should demonstrate a positive net present value.

Justification

The socio-economic cost-benefit analysis proposed by the Commission in Article 7 should be referred to in a recital.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14b) In order to contribute to the climate reduction targets of the Transport White Paper of a 60 % cut in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050, the greenhouse gas impacts of projects of common interest in the form of new, extended or upgraded transport infrastructures should be assessed.

Justification

It is necessary to assess the climate impact of certain infrastructure projects, as investments in trans-European transport infrastructure will strongly influence transport use and determine CO2 emissions until 2050 and beyond. Developing or upgrading transport infrastructure can have significant impacts on the decarbonisation of transport. While some types of infrastructure carry the risk of getting locked-in to carbon intensive technology or transport modes, other projects may contribute to greenhouse gas reduction.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(18a) In the framework of the Commission's review of the implementation of the core network in accordance with this Regulation, the Commission may evaluate in cooperation with the Member States concerned whether other infrastructures that have improved their standards and can ensure the requirements as defined in the Regulation, could be integrated into the network.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20) Intelligent transport systems are necessary to provide the basis for optimising of traffic and transport operations and improving related services.

(20) Intelligent transport systems are necessary to provide the basis for optimising of traffic and transport operations and improving related services, as well as helping to improve traffic safety and the safety of transport operations. They should be interoperable and should be deployed widely across transport modes, Member States, and regions, in order to maximise benefits for the internal market, sustainable growth and cohesion.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(21) The guidelines should provide for the development of the comprehensive network in urban nodes, as those nodes are the starting point or the final destination (‘last mile’) for passengers and freight moving on the trans-European transport network and are points of transfer within or between different transport modes.

(21) The guidelines should provide for the development of the comprehensive network in urban nodes, in accordance with Union aims regarding sustainable urban mobility, as those nodes are the starting point or the final destination (‘last mile’) for passengers and freight moving on the trans-European transport network and are points of transfer within or between different transport modes.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22) The trans-European transport network, thanks to its large scale, should provide the basis for the large-scale deployment of new technologies and innovation, which, for example, can help enhance the overall efficiency of the European transport sector and curb its carbon footprint. This will contribute towards the Europe 2020 strategy and the Transport White Paper's target of a 60% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (based on 1990 levels) and at the same time contribute to the objective of increasing fuel security for the Union.

(22) The trans-European transport network, thanks to its large scale, should provide the basis for the large-scale deployment of new technologies and innovation, which, for example, can help enhance the overall efficiency of the European transport sector and curb its carbon footprint.

Justification

The second part of this recital has been taken up in other recitals such as in the new recital 14b.

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(23) The trans-European transport network has to ensure efficient multi-modality in order to allow better modal choices to be made and large volumes to be consolidated for transfers over long distances. This will make multi-modality economically more attractive for shippers.

(23) The trans-European transport network has to ensure efficient multi-modality by giving priority to the most sustainable modes of transport in order to allow better modal choices to be made for passengers and freight and large volumes to be consolidated for transfers over long distances. Investments in multi-modal transhipment facilities will streamline transportation and will also make multi-modality economically more attractive for shippers, freight forwarders, passengers and users.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) In order to achieve a high-quality and efficient transport infrastructure across all modes the guidelines should contain provisions regarding the security and safety of passengers and freight movements, the impact of climate change and of potential natural and man-made disasters on infrastructure and accessibility for all transport users.

(24) In order to achieve a high-quality and efficient transport infrastructure across all modes the guidelines should contain provisions regarding the security and safety of passengers and freight movements, the impact on and of climate change and of potential natural and man-made disasters on infrastructure and accessibility for all transport users, including elderly people, persons with reduced mobility and disabled passengers.

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25) The core network should be a subset of the comprehensive network overlaying it. It should represent the strategically most important nodes and links of the trans-European transport network, according to traffic needs. It should be multi-modal, i.e. include all transport modes and their connections as well as relevant traffic and information management systems.

(25) The core network should be a subset of the comprehensive network overlaying it. It should represent the strategically most important nodes and links of the trans-European transport network, according to traffic needs, and the economic and social needs of the regions and countries in which they are located and it should guarantee seamless mobility and accessibility in all the Union's regions. It should be multi-modal, i.e. include all transport modes and their connections as well as relevant traffic and information management systems.

Justification

As well as meeting traffic needs, the core network should guarantee territorial cohesion throughout the Union, since this will offer European added value.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(25a) The core network has been identified on the basis of an objective planning methodology. This methodology has identified the most important urban nodes, ports, airports as well as border crossing points. Wherever possible, these nodes are connected with multimodal links as long as they are economically viable, environmentally sustainable and feasible until 2030. The methodology has ensured the connection of all Member States and the integration of the main islands into the core network.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(26) In order to implement the core network within the given time horizon, a corridor approach could be used as an instrument to coordinate on a transnational basis different projects and synchronise the development of the corridor, thereby maximising network benefits.

(26) In order to implement the core network within the given time horizon, a corridor approach could be used as an instrument to coordinate on a transnational basis different projects and synchronise the development of the corridors and their interconnection, thereby maximising network benefits. The corridor approach should not lead to prioritisation of certain projects over others on the core network.

Justification

The European Coordinator is responsible for implementing projects designed to develop the core network, and it is important that he or she should also promote projects involving the core network nodes situated close to a corridor. This will clear the way for the establishment of proper links between corridors, thereby unifying the European core network and ensuring that certain projects are not marginalised and that corridors are not left isolated.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27) Core network corridors should also address wider transport policy objectives and facilitate modal integration and multi-modal operations. This should allow specially developed corridors that are optimised in terms of energy use and emissions, thus minimising environmental impacts, and are also attractive for their reliability, limited congestion and low operating and administrative costs. An initial list of corridors should be included in the Regulation (EU) XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility], but should be adaptable in order to take account of changes in traffic flows.

(27) Core network corridors should also address wider transport policy objectives and facilitate modal integration and multi-modal operations. This should allow specially developed corridors that are optimised in terms of energy use and emissions, thus minimising environmental impacts and increasing competitiveness, and are also attractive for their reliability, limited congestion and low operating and administrative costs. Their management should not, however, result in an excessive growth of administrative costs. An initial list of corridors should be included in the Regulation (EU) XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility], but should be adaptable in order to take account of changes in traffic flows and increase the accessibility of all the Union's regions. Based on that list, the core network corridors should be illustrated in a schematic indicative map contained in an annex.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28) Designing the right governance structure and identifying the sources of financing for complex cross-border projects would be eased by creating corridor platforms for such core network corridors. European Coordinators should facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network corridors.

(28) When designing the right governance structure Member States should share responsibility with the populations concerned, according to the existing national procedures and laws. Identifying the sources of financing for complex cross-border projects, through public investment and by attracting private capital, would be eased by creating corridor platforms for such core network corridors. European Coordinators should facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network corridors and their interconnection.

Justification

Developing transport corridors and their adequate planning and governance should be implemented involving all the interested parties and stakeholders in providing by means of appropriate consultation their suggestions and plans.

The European Coordinator is responsible for implementing projects designed to develop the core network, and it is important that he or she should also promote projects involving the core network nodes situated close to a corridor. This will clear the way for the establishment of proper links between corridors, thereby unifying the European core network and ensuring that certain projects are not marginalised and that corridors are not left isolated.

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(28a) The corridor approach should be transparent and clear. It should not create additional administrative burdens.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(28b) The role of the European Coordinators is of vital importance in order to give momentum and to enhance the European added value of corridors and sections , in addition to ensuring that the infrastructure is planned rationally, by establishing a structured dialogue with the local authorities and populations concerned.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 29

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(29) In developing core network corridors due account should be given to the rail freight corridors set up in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 of 22 September 2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a European rail network for competitive freight as well as to the European Deployment Plan for ERTMS provided for in Commission Decision 2009/561/EC of 22 July 2009 amending Decision 2006/679/EC as regards the implementation of the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system.

(29) In developing core network corridors due note should be taken of the rail freight corridors set up in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 of 22 September 2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a European rail network for competitive freight as well as to the European Deployment Plan for ERTMS provided for in Commission Decision 2009/561/EC of 22 July 2009 amending Decision 2006/679/EC as regards the implementation of the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system. Existing cooperation structures under these legal acts should be maintained and work carried out pursuant to those structures should feed into the work of the multimodal core network corridors as well as to the 'green corridors'.

Justification

The European corridors forming part of the TEN-T network should draw on the infrastructure available in the form of the freight corridors and ERTMS in order to ensure that they can be established as quickly and effectively as possible.

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(30a) In order to ensure that the funding policy of all financial programmes is carried out in accordance with the objectives and priorities of the TEN-T guidelines, detailed statistical data on all relevant financial aid in the form of grants, loans or other financial instruments, used for each project of common interest and for each transport mode in the core as well as in the comprehensive network at Union and at the respective Member State level should be collected, processed and published on a regular basis.

Justification

Significant improvements seem to be indispensable for the TEN-T in the next financing period, given the previous experience with some of the relevant TEN-T financing sources regarding transparent, detailed and regular information.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(30b) The trans-European transport network will only be able to be fully and optimally completed if there is a greater concentration of economic resources. Additional resources should therefore be made available from innovative forms of Union financing.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(31) In order to update the Annexes and in particular the maps to take into account possible changes resulting from the actual usage of certain elements of transport infrastructure analysed against pre-established quantitative thresholds, 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 amendments to the Annexes. It is of particular importance for the Commission to 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.

(31) In order to update the Annexes and in particular the maps to take into account possible changes resulting from the actual usage of certain elements of transport infrastructure analysed against pre-established quantitative thresholds, 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 amendments to the Annexes. It is of particular importance for the Commission to carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work with the relevant authorities, including at expert level and with civil society with local expertise. 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    37

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(31a) When carrying out its review of the implementation of the core network in accordance with this Regulation, the Commission should evaluate, after consulting the Member States, whether to include other parts in the network, especially the priority projects included in Decision 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.

 

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1 OJ L 204, 5.8.2010, p. 1.

Justification

Some of the priority projects of Decision 661/2010/EU are not included in the core network. As efforts have already been made by Member States, they should be considered in the review to be made by 2023, at least.

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The guidelines provide for measures for the implementation of the trans-European network.

4. The guidelines provide for measures and deadlines for the implementation of the trans-European network.

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – indent 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– measures promoting the efficient management and use of such infrastructure.

– measures promoting the efficient management and use of such infrastructure and enabling sustainable and efficient transport services.

Justification

The scope should be aligned with the objectives set out under Article 4.

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) ‘project of common interest’ means any piece of planned transport infrastructure, of existing transport infrastructure or any modification of existing transport infrastructure that complies with the provisions of Chapter II and any measures providing the efficient management and use of such infrastructure;

(a) ‘project of common interest’ means any piece of planned transport infrastructure, of existing transport infrastructure or any modification of existing transport infrastructure that complies with the provisions of Chapter II and any measures providing the efficient management and use of such infrastructure in accordance with this Regulation;

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) ‘European added value’ means, in relation to a project, the value resulting from Union intervention which is additional to the value that would otherwise have been created by Member State action alone;

(e) ‘European added value’ means, in relation to a project, the value resulting from the Union's or a Member State's policy choices, financial intervention, or both, which, in addition to the potential value for the respective Member State alone, leads to a significant and measurable improvement of transport connections and transport flows between the Member States as regards sustainability, efficiency competitiveness and cohesion, in line with the TEN-T objectives set out in Article 4;

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g) ‘intelligent transport systems (ITS)’ mean systems using information, communication, navigation and positioning/localization technologies in order to manage mobility and traffic on the trans-European transport network and to provide value added services to citizens and operators, including for safe, secure, environmentally sound and capacity efficient use of the network. They may also include onboard devices, provided they form an indivisible system with corresponding infrastructure components. They include systems, technologies and services referred to in points (h)-(l);

(g) ‘intelligent transport systems (ITS)’ mean systems using information, communication, navigation and positioning/localization technologies in order to manage mobility and traffic on the trans-European transport network effectively and to provide value added services to citizens and operators, including for safe, secure, environmentally sound and capacity efficient use of the network. They may also include onboard devices, provided they form an indivisible system with corresponding infrastructure components. They include systems, technologies and services referred to in points (h)-(l);

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –paragraph 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) ‘Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information Systems’ (VTMIS) means systems deployed to monitor and manage traffic and maritime transport, using information from Automatic Identification Systems of Ships (AIS), Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT), coastal radar systems and radio communications as provided in Directive 2002/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2002 establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system and repealing Council Directive 93/75/EEC;

(i) ‘Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information Systems’ (VTMIS) means systems deployed to monitor and manage traffic and maritime transport, using information from Automatic Identification Systems of Ships (AIS), Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT), coastal radar systems and radio communications as provided in Directive 2002/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2002 establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system and repealing Council Directive 93/75/EEC and includes the integration of national SafeSeaNet;

Justification

Safe Sea Net is the core system of the maritime information exchange platform at EU and national level and a key technological element for maritime safety, which integrates VTMIS in the context of the Directive 2002/59.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point k

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(k) ‘e Maritime services’ means services using advanced and interoperable information technologies in the maritime transport sector to facilitate the throughput of cargo at sea and in port areas;

(k) ‘e-Maritime services’ means services using advanced and interoperable information technologies in the maritime transport sector to simplify administrative procedures and to facilitate the throughput of cargo at sea and in port areas, including single window services such as the integrated maritime single window as provided for in Directive 2010/65/EU, port community systems and relevant customs information systems;

Justification

The EU e-Maritime initiative aims to promote coherent, transparent, efficient and simplified solutions based on advanced information technologies. A clearer reference to its component services and systems is considered necessary.

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point n a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(na) 'interoperability' means the ability of a transport mode to allow the safe and uninterrupted movement of its vehicles in order to meet its required levels of performance, depending on all the technical, operational and regulatory conditions under which the respective transport mode operates and includes innovative solutions that improve the compatibility among the different systems.

Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point n b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(nb) 'interconnection of transport modes' means the physical linking of a transport mode, its network, or both, with equipment or facilities belonging to another transport mode or network;

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point n c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(nc) 'modal integration' means the combination of the various transport modes in a coherent manner in order to obtain seamless and efficient connections between them;

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point n d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(nd) 'cross-border section' means the section which ensures the continuity of a project of common interest between the nearest urban nodes on both sides of the border of two Member States or between a Member State and a neighbouring country;

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point o

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(o) ‘urban node’ means an urban area where the transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network is connected with other parts of that infrastructure and with the infrastructure for regional and local traffic;

(o) ‘urban node’ means an urban area where the transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network, such as ports, airports, railway stations, logistic platforms, freight and passenger terminals located in and around an urban area is connected with other parts of that infrastructure and with the infrastructure for regional and local traffic;

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point o a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(oa) "bottleneck" means a physical or functional barrier 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    51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point q

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(q) ‘freight terminal’ means a structure equipped for transhipment between at least two transport modes and for temporary storage of freight such as ports, inland ports, airports and rail-road terminals;

(q) 'freight terminal' means a structure equipped for transhipment between at least two transport modes and between two different rail systems, for temporary storage of freight such as ports, inland ports, airports and rail-road terminals;

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point r a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ra) 'socio-economic cost-benefit analysis' means a quantified ex-ante evaluation on the basis of a harmonised methodology of the value of a project or programme, including a climate impact assessment, taking into account all social, economic and environmental benefits and costs, and serving as an indicator of contribution to welfare;

Justification

There should be a definition for the socio-economic cost-benefit analysis mentioned in Article 7 as an important element for the assessment of a project of common interest. It is essential to ensure that projects offer an overall positive contribution to welfare, when all benefits and costs, including social and environmental ones, are considered.

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point r b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(rb) 'isolated network' means the rail network of a Member State, or a part thereof, with a track gauge which is different from that of the European standard nominal track gauge (1435 mm), for which certain major infrastructure investments cannot be justified in economic cost-benefit terms by virtue of the specificities of that network arising from its geographic detachment or peripheral location;

Amendment    54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point r c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(rc) 'climate impact assessment' means an ex-ante evaluation of the absolute and relative greenhouse gas impacts of new, extended or upgraded transport infrastructure on the basis of a harmonised methodology, publicly accessible by citizens in accordance with the Aarhus Convention, comprising:

 

(i) changes in greenhouse gas emissions from traffic;

 

(ii) changes in greenhouse gas emissions from infrastructure operation, maintenance and management;

 

(iii) greenhouse gas emissions from infrastructure construction, development and end-of-life processes; and

 

(iv) indirect effects on other sectors;

Justification

The information contained in the climate impact assessment, such as environmental impact assessments, should be publicly accessible.

Amendment    55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The trans-European transport network shall enable transport services and operations which:

1. The trans-European transport network shall contribute to the objectives as laid down in the following four categories:

(a) meet the mobility and transport needs of its users within the Union and in the relations with third countries, thereby contributing to further economic growth and competitiveness;

(a) efficiency through:

 

(i) the removal of bottlenecks and the bridging of missing links, within the transport infrastructures and at connecting points between them, as well as within Member States' territories and at cross-border sections between them;

 

(ii) seamless connections between transport infrastructure for long-distance traffic on the one hand, and regional and local traffic on the other for both passenger and freight traffic;

 

(iii) the interconnection and interoperability of regional and national transport networks;

 

(iv) the promotion of economically efficient, interoperable and high-quality transport, contributing to further economic growth and competitiveness;

 

(v) optimal integration and interconnection of all transport modes and the efficient use of new and existing infrastructures;

 

(vi) the most advanced technological and operational concepts to be promoted broadly across Member States.

(b) are economically efficient, contribute to the objectives of low-carbon and clean transport, fuel security and environmental protection, are safe and secure and have high quality standards, both for passenger and freight transport;

(b) sustainability through:

 

(i) the promotion of sustainable, low-carbon and energy-efficient transport with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions from the Union's transport sector by 60 % below 1990 levels by 2050;

 

(ii) the reduction of pollution of any kind from transport through the promotion of clean transport as well as the reduction of other external costs;

 

(iii) consistent and coordinated environmental protection;

(c) promote the most advanced technological and operational concepts;

(c) increasing the benefits for all users through:

 

(i) meeting the mobility and transport needs of its users within the Union and in relations with third countries;

 

(ii) high-quality passenger transport services, which are affordable for and accessible to all citizens, including accessibility for elderly people, persons with reduced mobility and disabled passengers;

 

(iii) high-quality freight services;

 

(iv) safe and secure high-quality transport solutions, including adaptation to climate change;

 

(v) the establishment of infrastructure requirements in the fields of interoperability, safety and security, and the quality, efficiency and sustainability of transport services.

(d) provide appropriate accessibility of all regions of the Union, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive growth.

(d) cohesion through:

 

(i) contributing to accessibility and connectivity of all regions of the Union, including remote, outermost, insular, peripheral and mountainous regions, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion, and supporting inclusive growth and reducing transport infrastructure disparities among the various parts of the Union.

2. In developing the infrastructure of the trans-European transport network, the following objectives shall be pursued:

 

(a) the interconnection and interoperability of national transport networks;

 

(b) the removal of bottlenecks and the bridging of missing links, both within the transport infrastructures and at connecting points between these, within Member States‘ territories and at border crossing points between them;

 

(c) the development of all transport modes in a manner consistent with ensuring sustainable and economically efficient transport in the long term;

 

(d) optimal integration and interconnection of all transport modes;

 

(e) the efficient use of infrastructure;

 

(f) promotion of a broad use of transport with the most carbon neutral effect;

 

(g) transport infrastructure connections between the trans-European transport network and transport infrastructure networks of neighbouring countries, and the promotion of their interoperability;

 

(h) the establishment of infrastructure requirements, notably in the field of interoperability, safety and security, which will benchmark quality, efficiency and sustainability of transport services;

 

(i) for both passenger and freight traffic, seamless connections between transport infrastructure for long-distance traffic on the one hand, and regional and local traffic on the other;

 

(j) a transport infrastructure that reflects the specific situations in different parts of the Union and provides for a balanced coverage of European regions, including outermost regions and other peripheral ones;

 

(k) accessibility for elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and for disabled passengers.

 

Amendment    56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and, as appropriate, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators and other public and private entities shall plan, develop and operate the trans-European transport network in a resource efficient way, through:

1. Member States and, as appropriate, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators and other public and private entities shall plan, develop and operate the trans-European transport network in a resource efficient way, through:

(a) an optimisation of infrastructure integration and interconnection;

(a) an optimisation of infrastructure integration and interconnection;

(b) the broad deployment of new technologies and ITS;

(b) the broad deployment of new technologies and ITS,

(c) improvement and maintenance of existing transport infrastructure;

(c) improvement and maintenance of existing transport infrastructure;

 

(ca) a socio economic cost-benefit analysis including the main options for a project of common interest such as upgrading existing infrastructure or building new ones;

(d) the taking into account of possible synergies with other networks, in particular trans-European energy or telecommunication networks;

(d) the taking into account of possible synergies with other networks, in particular trans-European energy or telecommunication networks;

(e) the assessment of strategic environmental impact, with the establishment of appropriate plans and programmes and of impacts on climate mitigation;

(e) the assessment of strategic environmental impact, with the establishment of appropriate plans and programmes and of impacts on climate mitigation;

(f) measures to plan and expand infrastructure capacity where necessary;

(f) measures to plan and expand infrastructure capacity where necessary;

(g) adequate consideration of the vulnerability of transport infrastructure with regard to a changing climate as well as natural and man-made disasters.

(g) adequate consideration of the vulnerability of transport infrastructure with regard to a changing climate as well as natural and man-made disasters, in order to adapt infrastructure to cope with these challenges;

 

(ga) promotion of sustainable and efficient transport services.

 

1a. In planning and developing the trans-European Transport Network, Member States, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport undertakings and public and private agencies shall take account of the particular circumstances in the various parts of the Union, such as, in particular, tourism aspects and topographical features of the regions concerned. They may adapt the detailed route alignment of sections within the limits indicated in Article 54(3)(c) while ensuring compliance with the requirements set out in this Regulation.

Amendment    57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The gradual development of the trans-European transport network shall in particular be achieved by implementing a dual-layer structure for this network, comprising a comprehensive network and a core network.

1. The gradual development of the trans-European transport network shall in particular be achieved by implementing a dual-layer structure for this network with a coherent and transparent methodological approach, comprising a comprehensive network and a core network.

Amendment    58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The comprehensive network shall be made up of all existing and planned transport infrastructures of the trans-European transport network as well as measures promoting the efficient use of such infrastructure. It shall be developed in accordance with Chapter II.

2. The comprehensive network shall be made up of all existing and planned transport infrastructures of the trans-European transport network as well as measures promoting the efficient and socially and environmentally sustainable use of such infrastructure. It shall be developed in accordance with Chapter II.

Amendment    59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) contribute to the objectives set out in Article 4;

(a) contribute to meeting the objectives falling within at least three of the four categories as set out in Article 4;

Justification

The Rapporteurs propose to slightly narrow the eligibility criteria so that the projects of common interest better meet the objectives of the TEN-T mentioned in Article 4 and in the related amendment 29.

Amendment    60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) have been subject to a socio-economic cost benefit analysis resulting in a positive net present value;

(c) be economically viable on the basis of the socio-economic costs and benefits;

Justification

Article 3(a) defines all projects carried out on the TEN-T Network as ‘projects of common interest’. Articles 1.4 and 7.2(c) then provide assurance that the projects are economically viable and enable decisions on which projects should be developed and invested in on national networks to remain with the Member States concerned.

Amendment    61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Member States and other project promoters shall take all necessary measures to ensure that the projects are carried out in compliance with relevant Union and national rules and procedures, in particular with Union legislation on the environment, climate protection, safety, security, competition, state aid, public procurement and public health.

4. Member States and other project promoters shall take all necessary measures to ensure that the projects are carried out in compliance with relevant Union, national and regional rules and procedures, in particular with Union legislation on the environment, climate protection, safety, security, competition, state aid, public procurement, public health and accessibility.

Amendment    62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Projects of common interest are eligible for Union financial aid under the instruments available for the trans-European transport network, in particular the Connecting Europe Facility established by Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012.

5. Projects of common interest are eligible for Union financial aid under the instruments available for the trans-European transport network, including the Connecting Europe Facility established by Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012.

Amendment    63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1– subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) ensure the connection between the core network and the transport networks of the third countries;

(b) ensure the connection between the core network and the transport networks of the third countries, aiming at enhanced economic growth and competitiveness;

Amendment    64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) implement traffic management systems in those countries.

(d) promote traffic management systems in those countries, which are consistent with Union policy.

Amendment    65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 –point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) promote maritime transport and Motorways of the Sea, excluding financial support to third-country ports.

Amendment    66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(db) facilitate inland waterway transport with third countries.

Amendment    67

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point d c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(dc) take into account the physical limitations and topographical specificities of Member States' transport infrastructures as identified in the technical specifications for interoperability.

Justification

The fact of the existing geographical limitations should also be recognised in order to ensure the feasibility of the implementation of the comprehensive network.

Amendment    68

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Union, Member States, infrastructure managers and other project promoters, when developing the comprehensive network, shall give particular consideration to measures that are necessary for:

1. The Union, Member States, regions and local authorities concerned, infrastructure managers and other project promoters, when developing the comprehensive network, shall give priority to measures that are necessary for:

(a) implementing and deploying intelligent transport systems, including measures which enable traffic management, multimodal scheduling and information services, multimodal tracking and tracing, capacity planning and online reservation and integrated ticketing services;

(a) bridging missing links and removing bottlenecks, both in particular in cross-border sections, for example by improving or re-establishing cross-border sections;

(b) bridging missing links and removing bottlenecks, notably in cross-border sections;

(b) implementing and deploying intelligent transport systems;

(c) removing administrative and technical barriers, in particular to the interoperability of the network and to competition;

(c) ensuring optimal integration and interoperability of the transport modes;

 

(ca) serving the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 60 % below 1990 levels by 2050;

(d) ensuring optimal integration and interoperability of the transport modes;

(d) ensuring appropriate accessibility and connectivity for all regions of the Union;

(e) ensuring appropriate accessibility for all regions of the Union;

 

 

2. In order to complement the measures set out in paragraph 1, particular consideration shall be given to measures that are necessary for:

(f) improving or maintaining the quality of infrastructure in terms of efficiency, safety, security, climate and where appropriate disaster resilience, environmental performances, social conditions, accessibility for all users, quality of services and continuity of traffic flows;

(a) improving or maintaining the quality of infrastructure in terms of efficiency, safety, security, climate and where appropriate disaster resilience, environmental performances, social conditions, accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons with reduced mobility and disabled passengers, as well as the quality of services and continuity of traffic flows;

(g) promoting state-of-the-art technological development;

(b) promoting state-of-the-art , innovative and clean technological development;

(h) ensuring fuel security by allowing the use of alternative and in particular low or zero carbon energy sources and propulsion systems;

(c) ensuring fuel security through increased energy efficiency and by promoting the use of alternative and in particular low or zero carbon energy sources and propulsion systems;

(i) bypassing urban areas for rail freight transport.

(d) mitigating exposure of urban areas to negative effects of transiting rail and road freight transport;

 

(da) removing administrative and technical barriers, in particular to the interoperability of the network and to competition;

 

(db) taking into consideration the specific case of islands, isolated networks, remote and outermost regions.

Amendment    69

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Railway transport infrastructure comprises in particular:

1. Railway transport infrastructure comprises in particular:

(a) high-speed and conventional railway lines, including:

(a) high-speed and conventional railway lines, including:

(i) sidings;

(i) sidings;

(ii) tunnels;

(ii) tunnels;

(iii) bridges;

(iii) bridges;

(b) freight terminals and logistic platforms for the transhipment of goods within the rail mode and between rail and other transport modes;

(b) freight terminals, logistic platforms for the transhipment of goods within the rail mode and rail connections with industrial areas and sites as well as interconnecting points between rail and other transport modes;

(c) stations along the lines indicated in Annex I for the transfer of passengers within the rail mode and between rail and other transport modes;

(c) stations along the lines indicated in Annex I for the transfer of passengers within the rail mode and between rail and other transport modes;

(d) associated equipment;

(d) associated equipment;

(e) ITS.

(e) ITS.

2. Railway lines shall take one of the following forms:

2. Railway lines shall take one of the following forms:

(a) Railway lines for high speed transport which are:

(a) Railway lines for high speed transport which are:

(i) specially built high-speed lines equipped for speeds equal to or greater than 250 km/h;

(i) specially built high-speed lines equipped for speeds equal to or greater than 250 km/h;

(ii) specially upgraded conventional lines equipped for speeds in the order of 200 km/h;

(ii) specially upgraded conventional lines equipped for speeds in the order of 200 km/h;

 

(iia) specially upgraded high-speed lines which have special features as a result of topographical, relief or town planning constraints, on which the speed must be adapted to each situation, including interconnecting lines between the high-speed and conventional networks, lines, inter alia through stations, accesses to terminals, depots used for travel at conventional speed by 'high-speed' rolling stock;

(b) Railway lines for conventional transport.

(b) Railway lines for conventional transport.

3. The technical equipment associated with railway lines shall include electrification systems, equipment for the boarding and alighting of passengers and the loading and unloading of cargo in stations, logistic platforms and freight terminals. It shall include any facility necessary to ensure the safe, secure and efficient operation of vehicles.

3. The technical equipment associated with railway lines shall include electrification systems, equipment for the boarding and alighting of passengers and the loading and unloading of cargo in stations, logistic platforms and freight terminals. It may include any facility, such as automatic gauge changing facilities for rail, necessary to ensure the safe, secure and efficient operation of vehicles, including their reduced impact on the environment and improved interoperability.

Amendment    70

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Operators of freight terminals shall ensure that any freight terminal is open to all operators.

1. Operators of freight terminals and Member States shall ensure that the access to freight terminals complies with Directive 2001/14/ECof the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure and safety certification1. Freight terminals covered by this Regulation are open to transport operators in accordance with Directive XXX [Recast of the first railway package].

Operators of logistic platforms shall offer at least one terminal open to all operators.

 

Operators of freight terminals and logistic platform shall provide this access in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent charges.

 

2. Operators of passenger stations shall ensure that passenger stations provide access to information, ticketing and commercial activities for railway traffic throughout the comprehensive network and where appropriate information on connection with local and regional transport, in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 454/2011 of 5 May 2011 on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the subsystem ‘telematics applications for passenger services’ of the trans-European rail system.

2. Operators of passenger stations shall ensure that passenger stations provide access for all users to information, ticketing and commercial activities for railway traffic throughout the comprehensive network and where appropriate information on connection with local and regional transport, in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 454/2011 of 5 May 2011 on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the subsystem ‘telematics applications for passenger services’ of the trans-European rail system.

3. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

3. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, regional authorities concerned and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

(a) railway lines are equipped with ERTMS;

(a) railway lines are equipped with ERTMS except for isolated networks;

(b) railway infrastructure complies with Directive 2008/57/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community and its implementing measures in order to achieve the interoperability of the comprehensive network;

(b) railway infrastructure complies with Directive 2008/57/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community and its implementing measures in order to achieve the interoperability of the comprehensive network;

(c) railway infrastructure complies with the requirements of the technical specification for Interoperability (TSI) adopted pursuant to Article 6 of Directive 2008/57/EC for new and upgraded lines, except in duly justified cases, where allowed by the relevant TSI or under the procedure provided for in Article 9 of Directive 2008/57/EC. In any case, the railway infrastructure shall comply with the following requirements:

(c) railway infrastructure complies with the requirements of the technical specification for Interoperability (TSIs) adopted pursuant to Article 6 of Directive 2008/57/EC, except where allowed by the relevant TSI or under the procedure provided for in Article 9 of Directive 2008/57/EC. In any case, the railway infrastructure shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) nominal track gauge for new railway lines: 1 435 mm;

(1) nominal track gauge for new railway lines: 1 435 mm, except in cases where the new line is an extension on a network the track gauge of which is different and detached from the main lines in the Union;

(2) electrification;

(2) full electrification with the exception of sidings and terminals;

(3) lines which are used by conventional freight trains: 22,5 t axle load, and 750 m train length;

(3) lines which are used by conventional freight trains: 22,5 t axle load, and 750 m train length including a 10 m safety margin;

(4) maximum gradients for new lines which are to be used by conventional freight trains: 12,5 mm/m.

(4) maximum gradients for new lines which are to be used by conventional freight trains: 12,5 mm/m, except in duly justified cases where derogations under TSIs 'specific cases' apply.

 

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1 OJ L 75, 15.3.2001, p. 29.

Amendment    71

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1 -- point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) migrating to 1 435 mm nominal track gauge;

Amendment    72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) mitigating the impact of noise caused by rail transport;

(b) preventing noise as well as mitigating its impact caused by rail transport through measures for infrastructure and for rolling stock;

Justification

In order to meet EU objectives on curbing noise emissions from rail freight transport, measures for infrastructure and for rolling stock which aim to prevent and to reduce noise should be given particular consideration. The Rapporteurs believe it is especially important to take into account the impact of noise from rail transport in densely populated regions.

Amendment    73

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) achieving standards higher than those set out as minimum requirements in the technical specifications, as described in Article 13.

(c) meeting the infrastructure requirements and enhancing interoperability.

Amendment    74

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) improving the safety of level crossings or replacing them with bridges or underpasses.

Amendment    75

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1 – point c b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cb) connecting railway transport infrastructure with inland waterway port infrastructure;

Amendment    76

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Inland waterways and inland ports which form part of the comprehensive network are indicated on the maps in Annex I.

Inland waterways and inland ports which form part of the comprehensive network are indicated on the maps in Annexes I and IIIa.

Amendment    77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) rivers;

Does not apply to English text.

Justification

Does not apply to English text.

Amendment    78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) related infrastructure such as locks, elevators, bridges, reservoirs;

(d) related infrastructure such as locks, elevators, bridges, reservoirs and flood-prevention systems;

Amendment    79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) interconnecting points with other transport modes;

Amendment    80

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) last mile connections;

Amendment    81

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 – point g b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(gb) passenger and freight terminals and logistic platforms for passenger and freight transport on waterways, and those interfacing inland waterways and other means of transport.

Amendment    82

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 –paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Port-associated equipment shall enable in particular propulsion and operating systems which reduce pollution, energy consumption and carbon intensity. It includes waste reception facilities.

3. Associated equipment with inland waterways may include the equipment for loading and unloading of passengers and cargos in inland ports. Associated equipment may enable in particular propulsion and operating systems which reduce pollution such as water and air pollution, energy consumption and carbon intensity. It includes waste reception facilities, shore side electricity facilities, and used oil collection facilities as well as the equipment for ice breaking, hydrological surveys, and dredging and maintenance of the port and port approaches to ensure year-round navigability.

Amendment    83

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Port operators shall ensure that any inland port offers at least one freight terminal open to all operators in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent charges.

2. The body governing the inland port shall ensure that any inland port offers at least one freight terminal open to all operators in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent charges.

Amendment    84

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

3. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, port authorities and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

(a) rivers, canals and lakes comply with the minimum requirements for class IV waterways as laid down in the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN) on the new classification of inland waterways and ensure continuous bridge clearance.

(a) rivers, canals and lakes comply with the minimum requirements for class IV waterways as laid down in the new classification of inland waterways of the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN) and ensure continuous bridge clearance in full compliance with the provisions laid down in Articles 41 and 42 of this Regulation.

 

Taking into account the specific importance to biodiversity, in duly justified cases, at the request of a Member State, exemptions from the minimum requirements may be granted for free-flowing rivers close to their natural state considering both the ecological requirements for river sections and the strategic requirements of inland waterway transport.

(b) rivers, canals and lakes are equipped with RIS.

(b) rivers, canals and lakes are equipped with RIS.

 

(ba) rivers, canals and lakes set out in point (a) shall ensure 'good navigation status' according to the provisions of the AGN, while respecting the international obligations relating to the protection of the environment.

Amendment    85

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and other project promoters, when promoting projects of common interest and in addition to the priorities set out in Article 10, shall give particular consideration to:

Member States and other project promoters, when promoting projects of common interest and in addition to the priorities set out in Article 10, shall give particular consideration to:

(a) for existing inland waterways: implementing measures necessary to reach the standards of the inland waterways class IV;

(a) for existing inland waterways: implementing measures necessary to reach the standards of the inland waterways class IV;

(b) where appropriate, achieving higher standards than inland waterways class IV, to meet market demands;

(b) where appropriate, achieving higher standards for modernising and for new waterways in accordance with the technical and operational characteristics of the AGN on the new classification of inland waterways in order to meet market demands;

(c) implementing ITS, including RIS;

(c) implementing ITS, including RIS;

(d) connecting inland port infrastructure to railway transport infrastructure.

(d) connecting inland port infrastructure to rail freight and road transport infrastructure.

 

(da) promoting of clean inland waterway transport;

 

(db) free-flowing rivers close to their natural state to which special attention is paid and which can therefore be the subject of specific measures.

Amendment    86

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) parking areas;

(b) parking and rest areas;

Amendment    87

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) interconnecting points with other transport modes and particularly with rail;

Amendment    88

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) bus stations.

(f) coach stations.

Amendment    89

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The high quality roads referred to in point (a) of paragraph 1 are those which play an important role in long-distance freight and passenger traffic, integrate the main urban and economic centres, interconnect with other transport modes and link landlocked and peripheral NUTS 2 regions to central regions of the Union.

2. The high quality roads referred to in point (a) of paragraph 1 are those which play an important role in long-distance freight and passenger traffic, integrate the main urban and economic centres, interconnect with other transport modes and link mountainous, remote, landlocked and peripheral NUTS 2 regions to central regions of the Union. Those roads shall be adequately maintained to allow safe and secure traffic.

Justification

This is a slight improvement of amendment 46, tabled by the draftsmen. An obvious condition for the roads included in the trans-European network.

Amendment    90

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. High-quality roads shall be specially designed and built for motor traffic, and shall be either motorways or express roads.

3. High-quality roads shall be specially designed and built for motor traffic, and shall be either: motorways, express roads or conventional strategic roads.

Justification

This amendment provides for an additional road type as acceptable on the Comprehensive network. Some proposals for roads do not seem to support the cohesion aim. Proposals to eliminate all at-level crossings for cyclist and pedestrian traffic would be difficult and could separate neighbouring communities. Requiring all access to be from interchanges or controlled junctions would cause difficulties with side-roads, farms’ access and turnings. We estimate these could cost between £53 and £100bn to implement in the UK and would not deliver any real improvement in network performance.

Amendment    91

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) does not cross at level with any road, railway or tramway track, or footpath; and

(ii) does not cross at grade with any road, railway or tramway track, bicycle path or footpath; and

Amendment    92

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – point a – point iii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iii a) incorporates a hard shoulder.

Amendment    93

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – point b – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) An express road is a road reserved for motor traffic accessible from interchanges or controlled junctions only and which:

(b) An express road is an all purpose road accessible primarily from interchanges or controlled junctions and which:

Amendment    94

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) A conventional strategic road is a road which is not a motorway or an express road but which is still a high.quality road as referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 and which is managed and financed in accordance with the specificities laid down by the relevant Member State.

Amendment    95

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) Roads correspond to the provisions of Article 20(3).

(a) Roads correspond to the provisions of Article 20(3).

 

At the request of a Member State, exemptions from the provisions of Article 20(3) may be granted by the Commission in duly justified cases, including cases where certain infrastructure investments could not be justified in economic cost-benefit terms, as long as an appropriate level of safety is ensured.

Justification

It is not justifiable from an economical or environmental point of view, nor is it necessary for the interoperability of the network, to upgrade all TEN-T roads to motorways or express roads. In certain parts of the Union, not the least the sparsely populated northern regions, special circumstances apply, such as very long distances in combination with low traffic flows. These circumstances motivate an exemption from the requirement that all core roads shall be motorways or express roads.

Amendment    96

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) The interoperability of toll collection systems is ensured in accordance with Directive 2004/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community and by Commission Decision 2009/750/EC of 6 October 2009 on the definition of the European Electronic Toll Service and its technical elements.

(d) Where applicable, the interoperability of toll collection systems is ensured in accordance with Directive 2004/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community and by Commission Decision 2009/750/EC of 6 October 2009 on the definition of the European Electronic Toll Service and its technical elements.

Amendment    97

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1 – point – a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-a a) improvement and promotion of road safety;

Amendment    98

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) promotion of road safety.

deleted

Amendment    99

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d a) the progressive reduction of motorway traffic noise;

Amendment    100

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d b) reduction of road infrastructure development gaps between Member States;

Amendment    101

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1 – point d c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(dc) the impact of congestion on the roads.

Amendment    102

Proposal for a regulation

Chapter 2 – section 4 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Maritime transport infrastructure

Maritime transport infrastructure and Motorways of the Sea

Amendment    103

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Maritime ports which form part of the comprehensive network are indicated on the maps in Annex I.

Maritime ports which form part of the comprehensive network are listed in Annex IIIa and are also indicated on the maps in Annex I.

Justification

For reasons of legal certainty and transparency, it should be clarified with a list which nodes are identified as TEN-T nodes in the comprehensive network.

Amendment    104

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) maritime space;

(a) maritime space, including dikes, locks and docks;

Justification

The infrastructure components for each transport mode should be clearly defined.

Amendment    105

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) maritime ports, including the infrastructure necessary for transport operations within the port area;

(c) maritime ports, including the establishment, modernisation, maintenance and expansion of the capacity of the infrastructure necessary for transport operations within the port area;

Amendment    106

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) interconnecting points with other transport modes and particularly with rail;

Amendment    107

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(h a) last mile connections;

Amendment    108

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Equipment associated with maritime transport infrastructure shall include in particular equipment for ice breaking, hydrological surveys, and dredging and maintenance of the port and port approaches.

3. Equipment associated with maritime transport infrastructure shall include in particular equipment for traffic and cargo management, for the reduction of negative effects, including negative environmental effects, for the use of alternative fuels, for ice breaking, for hydrological surveys, and for dredging and maintenance and protection of the port and port approaches.

Amendment    109

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Motorways of the sea represent the maritime dimension of the trans-European transport network. They shall consist of short-sea routes, ports, associated maritime infrastructure and equipment, and facilities enabling short-sea shipping or sea-river services between at least two ports, including hinterland connections, in at least two different Member States. Motorways of the sea shall include:

1. Motorways of the sea represent the maritime dimension of the trans-European transport network and shall contribute towards the achievement of a European maritime transport space without barriers. They shall consist of short-sea routes, ports, associated maritime infrastructure and equipment, facilities as well as of simplified administrative formalities enabling short-sea shipping or sea-river services between at least two ports, including hinterland connections, in at least two different Member States, or between a Member State and a third country in accordance withArticle 8 where of strategic importance to the Union. Motorways of the sea shall include:

(a) maritime links between maritime ports of the comprehensive network;

(a) maritime links between maritime ports of the comprehensive network or between a port of the comprehensive network and a third-country port where of strategic importance to the Union;

(b) port facilities, information and communication technologies (ICT) such as electronic logistics management systems, safety and security and administrative and customs procedures in at least one Member State;

(b) port facilities, freight terminals, logistics platforms and freight villages located outside the port area but associated with the port operations, information and communication technologies (ICT) such as electronic logistics management systems, safety and security and administrative and customs procedures in at least one Member State;

(c) infrastructure for direct land and sea access.

(c) infrastructure for direct land and sea access.

2. Projects of common interest for motorways of the sea in the trans-European transport network shall be proposed by at least two Member States. They shall take one of the following forms:

2. Projects of common interest for motorways of the sea in the trans-European transport network shall be proposed by at least two Member States. They shall take one of the following forms:

(a) be the maritime component of a core network corridor as defined in Article 49, or constitute the maritime component between two core network corridors;

 

(b) constitute a maritime link and its hinterland connections within the core network between two or more core network ports;

(b) constitute a maritime link and its hinterland connections within the core network between two or more core network ports;

(c) constitute a maritime link and its hinterland connections between a core network port and ports of the comprehensive network, with a special focus on the hinterland connections of the core and comprehensive network ports.

(c) constitute a maritime link and its hinterland connections between a core network port and ports of the comprehensive network, with a special focus on the hinterland connections of the core and comprehensive network ports.

 

(ca) constitute a maritime link between a core network port and a third-country port, in accordance with Article 8.

3. Projects of common interest for motorways of the sea in the trans-European transport network may also include activities that have wider benefits and are not linked to specific ports, such as activities for improving environmental performance, making available facilities for ice-breaking, activities ensuring year-round navigability, dredging operations, alternative fuelling facilities, as well as the optimisation of processes, procedures and the human element, ICT platforms and information systems, including traffic management and electronic reporting systems.

3. Projects of common interest for motorways of the sea in the trans-European transport network may also include activities that have wider benefits and are not linked to specific ports, such as services and actions to guarantee the seamless mobility of persons and goods in particular in the most remote, outermost and insular regions, activities for improving environmental performance, such as the provision of shore side electricity or emission scrubbers that would help ships meet stricter emission levels, making available facilities for ice-breaking, activities ensuring year-round navigability, dredging operations, alternative fuelling facilities, as well as the optimisation of processes, procedures and the human element, ICT platforms and information systems, including traffic management and electronic reporting systems.

 

4. By two years after the designation of the Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea as provided for in Article 51, the Coordinator shall present a detailed implementation plan for the Motorways of the Sea based on experiences and developments relating to Union maritime transport as well as the forecasted traffic on the Motorways of the Sea. The implementation plan shall also contain clear guidelines for the establishment of new Motorways of the Sea, including with third countries, taking into account the forecasted traffic and its coherence in the core and comprehensive network.

Amendment    110

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, port operators and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, regional authorities, port operators and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

Amendment    111

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Port operators shall ensure that ports include equipment necessary to ensure the environmental performance of ships in ports, in particular reception facilities for ship generated waste and cargo residues in accordance with Directive 2000/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2000 on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.

2. Port operators or the competent authority governing the port shall ensure that ports include equipment necessary to ensure the environmental performance of ships in ports, in particular electricity supply facilities as well as reception facilities for ship generated waste and cargo residues in accordance with Directive 2000/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2000 on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues and with Directive 2012/..../EU on the sulphur content of marine fuels, and electricity supply facilities.

Amendment    112

Proposal for a regulation

Article 26 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Member States shall implement VTMIS as provided for in Directive 2002/59/EC.

3. Member States shall implement VTMIS and SafeSeaNet as provided for in Directive 2002/59/EC and deploy e-Maritime services, including in particular maritime single window services, as provided for in Directive 2010/65/EU.

Amendment    113

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting motorways of the sea including short sea shipping;

(a) promoting motorways of the sea including short sea shipping, facilitating the development of hinterland connections and developing, in particular, measures to improve the environmental performance of maritime transport in accordance with the applicable requirements under Union law or relevant international agreements;

Amendment    114

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) introduction of new technologies and innovation for promotion of alternative fuels and energy efficient maritime transport, such as LNG.

Amendment    115

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) interconnecting points with other transport modes and particularly with rail;

Amendment    116

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) associated equipment;

(c) associated equipment including the noise abatement measures;

Justification

Reference to the ongoing Regulation on noise in the airport should be foreseen.

Amendment    117

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d a) last mile connections;

Amendment    118

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States and airport operators shall ensure that any airport offers at least one terminal open to all operators in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent charges.

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States and airport operators shall ensure that any airport offers at least one terminal open to all operators in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent, appropriate and fair charges.

Amendment    119

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) optimise existing infrastructure;

(a) optimise existing infrastructure by increasing efficiency and sustainability, in particular by facilitating the distribution and uptake of alternative fuels;

Justification

Airports have an important role to play in supporting the use of alternative fuels and will need to develop and maintain appropriate infrastructure.

Amendment    120

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) improve multi-modal interconnections between airports and infrastructure for other transport modes.

Amendment    121

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point c b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) plans based on sustainability and climate-enhancing measures.

Amendment    122

Proposal for a regulation

Article 34 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, operators of freight terminals, ports and airports, and infrastructure managers shall ensure that:

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, operators of freight terminals, ports and airports, and infrastructure managers shall, in a fair and non-discriminatory manner, ensure that:

Justification

It is important to ensure access to all transport modes in a non-discriminatory way - for incumbents and new entrants.

Amendment    123

Proposal for a regulation

Article 34 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) transport modes are connected in any of the following places: freight terminals, passenger stations, inland ports, airports, maritime ports, in order to allow multimodal transport of freight and passengers.

Does not apply to English version.

Justification

Does not apply to English version.

Amendment    124

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) ensuring that multimodal interconnections meet the requirements of full accessibility for all users.

Amendment    125

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) adequate connection between different railway stations or airports of the comprehensive network within an urban node;

(c) adequate connection between different railway stations, ports or airports of the comprehensive network within an urban node;

Amendment    126

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) seamless connection between the infrastructure of the comprehensive network and the infrastructure for regional and local traffic, including logistic consolidation and distribution centres;

(d) seamless connection between the infrastructure of the comprehensive network and the infrastructure for regional and local traffic and urban freight delivery, including logistic consolidation and distribution centres;

Amendment    127

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) bypassing of urban areas for rail freight transport;

(f) bypassing of urban areas for rail freight transport where topography allows it;

Justification

In mountainous regions such as Austria, bypassing urban areas is not always possible.

Amendment    128

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. ITS shall enable traffic management and the exchange of information within and between transport modes for multi-modal transport operations and value added transport-related services, improving safety, security and environmental performance.

1. ITS shall enable traffic management and the exchange of information within and between transport modes for multi-modal transport operations and value added transport-related services, improving safety, security and environmental performance as well as simplifying administrative procedures.

Amendment    129

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. ITS shall be deployed as broadly as possible across the Union, in order to enable a set of interoperable basic capabilities in all Member States.

Justification

To maximise positive network effects and system-wide benefits, it is preferable to promote technologies widely across the Union's Member States and regions. The objective is not equality of ITS capabilities, but ensuring a set of minimum common capabilities that citizens and businesses can expect, where relevant, across the Union.

Amendment    130

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 3 – fourth indent

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

- for maritime transport: VTMIS and e-Maritime services;

- for maritime transport: VTMIS and e-Maritime services, including single window services such as the maritime single window, port community systems and relevant customs information systems;

Amendment    131

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Union, Member States and other project promoters shall pay particular attention to projects of common interest which provide efficient freight transport services that use the infrastructure of the comprehensive network and contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. These projects shall in particular aim to:

The Union, Member States and other project promoters shall pay particular attention to projects of common interest which provide efficient freight transport services that use the infrastructure of the comprehensive network and contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other external costs of transport. These projects shall in particular aim to:

Justification

Apart from the climate change, the regulation should address more explicitly also other external costs of transport.

Amendment    132

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promote the deployment of innovative transport services or new combinations of proven existing transport services, including through the application of ITS and the establishment of relevant governance structures;

(b) promote the deployment of innovative transport services or new combinations of proven existing transport services, including through the application of ITS and the development of small-scale ancillary infrastructure, necessary to achieve mainly environmental goals of those services as well as the establishment of relevant governance structures;

Justification

The ancillary infrastructure being the complementary element to large scale infrastructure funding foreseen under the regulation should support achievement of environmental targets by the sustainable freight transport services.

Amendment    133

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) facilitate multi-modal transport service operations and improve cooperation between transport service providers;

(c) facilitate multi-modal transport service operations including the accompanying information flows and improve cooperation between transport service providers;

Justification

It is important to account also for the information and communication solutions supporting the movement of cargo.

Amendment    134

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) facilitate the deployment of Motorways of the Sea-based services.

Justification

Support for the service dimension of the MoS will make the concept more attractive for the market.

Amendment    135

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 1 – point e b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(e b) improve links to the most vulnerable and isolated parts of the Union, in particular outermost, island, remote and mountain regions.

Amendment    136

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The comprehensive network shall keep up with state-of-the-art technological developments and deployments. They shall in particular aim to:

The comprehensive network shall keep up with state-of-the-art technological developments and deployments, by giving priority to projects aiming in particular to:

Justification

This amendment aims to precise that there must be identified priorities when it comes to the development and deployment of the comprehensive network.

Amendment    137

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) enable the decarbonisation of transport through transition to innovative transport technologies;

(a) support and promote the decarbonisation of transport through transition to innovative and sustainable transport technologies;

Amendment    138

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enable the decarbonisation of all transport modes by stimulating energy efficiency as well as the introduction of alternative propulsion systems and the provision of corresponding infrastructure. Such infrastructure may include grids and other facilities necessary for the energy supply, take account of the infrastructure – vehicle interface and encompass intelligent transport systems;

(b) support the decarbonisation of all transport modes by stimulating energy efficiency as well as the introduction of alternative propulsion and electricity supply systems and the provision of corresponding infrastructure. Such infrastructure may include grids and other facilities necessary for the energy supply, take account of the infrastructure – vehicle interface and encompass intelligent transport systems;

Amendment    139

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) improve the operation, accessibility, interoperability, multimodality and efficiency of the network, including multimodal ticketing;

(d) improve the operation, accessibility, interoperability, multimodality and efficiency of the network, including multimodal ticketing and transport management;

Justification

Innovative solutions supporting management of transport and cargo going beyond passenger transport should also be supported.

Amendment    140

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d a) promote efficient ways to provide accessible and comprehensible information to all citizens regarding interconnections, interoperability and multimodality;

Amendment    141

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) promote measures to reduce external costs, such as pollution of any kind, including noise, congestion and health damage;

(e) promote measures to reduce external costs, such as pollution of any kind, including noise, emissions, congestion and health damage;

Amendment    142

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and other project promoters shall give due consideration to ensure that transport infrastructure provides for a high degree of safety and security for passenger and freight movements.

Member States and other project promoters shall take measures to ensure that transport infrastructure provides for the highest possible degree of safety and security for passenger and freight movements, including during periods when maintenance or modernisation work has to be carried out.

Amendment    143

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Where appropriate, due consideration should also be given to the resilience of infrastructure to natural or man-made disasters in compliance with any requirement which may be set out in relevant Union legislation.

The utmost consideration should also be given to the resilience of infrastructure to natural or man-made disasters in compliance with any requirement which may be set out in the relevant Union law.

Amendment    144

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1 a Member States and other project promoters shall ensure that such assessments are carried out efficiently, avoiding unnecessary delays, in particular for projects of common interest.

Amendment    145

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Transport infrastructure shall allow seamless mobility and accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and disabled passengers.

Transport infrastructure shall allow seamless mobility and accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and disabled passengers.

 

The design and construction of transport infrastructure shall be based on users' needs and shall enable passengers to exercise in full their rights under Union law.

 

To that end, Member States and other project promoters shall carry out ex-ante assessments of the accessibility of infrastructure and the services connected to it.

Amendment    146

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The core network shall consist of those parts of the comprehensive network which are of the highest strategic importance for achieving the objectives of the trans-European transport network policy. The core network shall in particular contribute to coping with increasing mobility and to the development of a low-carbon transport system.

1. The core network, as set out in Annex I, shall consist of those parts of the comprehensive network which are of the highest strategic importance for achieving the objectives of the trans-European transport network policy and shall reflect evolving traffic demand and the need for multi-modal transport. It shall be structured in such a way as to take into consideration the future geographical framework with a view to the enlargement of the Union and the possible development and completion of the priority corridors. The core network shall in particular contribute to coping with increasing mobility, with increasing needs for accessible transport for elderly people, persons with reduced mobility and disabled passengers, and ensuring a high safety standard as well as contributing to the development of a low-carbon transport system.

Justification

The definition of the core network must be able to take into consideration the imminent enlargement of the Union to other countries, and hence the need to plan strategic corridors in the light of these developments.

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 that should be tackled by the core network.

Amendment    147

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The core network shall reflect evolving traffic demand and the need for multi-modal transport. State-of-the-art technologies and regulatory and governance measures for managing the infrastructure use shall be taken into account in order to ensure resource-efficient use of transport infrastructure and to provide for sufficient capacity.

1. The core network shall reflect evolving traffic demand and the need for multi-modal transport, as well as the seamless mobility of passengers and goods. State-of-the-art technologies and regulatory and governance measures for managing the infrastructure for both passengers and freight transport use shall be taken into account in order to ensure resource-efficient use of transport infrastructure and to provide for sufficient capacity.

Justification

As well as meeting traffic needs, the core network should guarantee territorial cohesion throughout the Union, since this will offer European added value. These two elements are crucial if territorial, economic and social cohesion is to be achieved.

Amendment    148

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The infrastructure of the core network shall meet all the requirements set out in Chapter II without exception. In addition, the following requirements shall also be met by the infrastructure of the core network:

2. The infrastructure of the core network shall meet all the requirements set out in Chapter II without exception. In addition, the following requirements shall also be met by the infrastructure of the core network:

(a) for railway transport infrastructure:

(a) for railway transport infrastructure, except for isolated networks:

- full electrification of the railway lines;

- full electrification of the railway lines with the exception of sidings and terminals;

- lines with regular freight traffic: at least 22.5 t axle load, 100 km/h line speed and 750 m train length;

- freight lines of the core network as indicated in Annex I: at least 22.5 t axle load, 25 t axle load for new lines, 100 km/h line speed and 750 m train length, including a 10m safety margin, which may be extended, in particular on the core network corridors to up to 1 500m in the case of clear socio-economic benefit and operational and technical feasibility;

 

- full deployment of ERTMS;

(b) for inland navigation and maritime transport infrastructure:

(b) for inland navigation and maritime transport infrastructure:

- availability of alternative clean fuels;

- availability of alternative clean fuels;

(c) for road transport infrastructure;

(c) for road transport infrastructure:

 

-roads of the core network shall respect the requirement for motorways or express roads as specified in Article 20;

- the development of rest areas approximately every 50 kilometres on motorways in order inter alia to provide sufficient parking space for commercial road users with an appropriate level of safety and security;

- the development of rest areas every 100 kilometres or less on motorways following society and market needs and environmental restrictions in order inter alia to provide sufficient parking space for commercial road users with an appropriate level of safety, comfort and security;

- availability of alternative clean fuels;

- availability of alternative clean fuels;

(d) for air transport infrastructure:

(d) for air transport infrastructure:

- capacity to make available alternative clean fuels.

- capacity to make available alternative clean fuels.

Amendment    149

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The nodes of the core network are set out in Annex II and include:

1. The nodes of the core network are set out in Annex II and include:

- urban nodes, including their ports and airports;

- urban nodes, including their ports and airports;

- maritime ports;

- maritime ports;

- border crossing points to neighbouring countries.

- border crossing points to neighbouring countries;

 

- inland ports, rail/road terminals;

 

- freight and passenger airports.

2. Maritime ports indicated in Part 2 of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2030 at the latest, except in duly justified cases.

2. Maritime ports indicated in Part 2 of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road and, where possible, inland waterway transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2030 at the latest, except in duly justified cases.

3. The main airports indicated in Part 1b of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2050 at the latest. Taking into account potential traffic demand, such airports shall be integrated into the high speed rail network wherever possible.

3. The main airports indicated in Part 1b of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2050 at the latest. Taking into account potential traffic demand, such airports shall be integrated into the high speed rail network wherever possible.

Amendment    150

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Core network corridors are an instrument to facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network. Core network corridors shall be based on modal integration, interoperability, as well as on a coordinated development and management of infrastructure, in order to lead to resource-efficient multimodal transport.

1. Core network corridors are an instrument to facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network. Core network corridors shall be based on modal integration, interoperability, as well as on a coordinated development and management of infrastructure, in order to lead to resource-efficient multimodal transport and to contribute to improving cohesion within the Union. The infrastructure of core network corridors shall be developed in such a way as to make bottleneck-free and cross-border use possible and bring about sustainable environmental improvements.

2. Core network corridors shall provide for a coordinated approach with regard to infrastructure use and investments, so as to manage capacities in the most efficient way. Multimodal infrastructure within core network corridors shall be built and coordinated, wherever needed, in a way that optimises the use of each transport mode and their cooperation. The core network corridors shall support the comprehensive deployment of interoperable traffic management systems.

2. Core network corridors shall provide for a coordinated approach with regard to infrastructure use and investments, so as to manage capacities in the most efficient way. Multimodal infrastructure within core network corridors shall be built and coordinated, wherever needed, in a way that optimises the use of each transport mode and their cooperation. The core network corridors shall support the comprehensive deployment of interoperable traffic management systems, innovation and new technologies.

Amendment    151

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Core network corridors shall include maritime ports and its accesses, except in duly justified cases.

3. Core network corridors shall include maritime ports and its accesses, except in duly justified cases. Each corridor shall develop Motorways of the Sea wherever possible in order to achieve efficient and sustainable transport.

Amendment    152

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Core network corridors shall include the existing cooperation structure of ERTMS corridors and rail freight corridors set up in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 whose work shall be integrated into the work of the core network corridors. Where necessary and duly justified, additional sections shall be added to Rail Freight Corridors in order to bring them in coherence with the Core Network Corridors. 'Green' corridors shall be taken into account for the core network wherever appropriate.

Amendment    153

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Each Member State shall participate in at least one core network corridor.

1. Each Member State shall participate in at least one core network corridor.

2. The list of core network corridors is set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 of … [Connecting Europe Facility].

2. The list of core network corridors is set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 of … [Connecting Europe Facility]. In addition, the general provisions laid down in Chapter 2, Section 7, particularly regarding new technologies and innovations, shall apply to all core network corridors and modes of transport.

 

2a. Based on Annex I to Regulation (EU) No XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility], the core network corridors are illustrated in schematic indicative maps in Annex I of this Regulation including outlining the Corridors' main intermodal nodes, missing links and cross-border sections.

Amendment    154

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 51

Article 51

Coordination of core network corridors

Coordination of core network corridors

1. In order to facilitate the coordinated implementation of core network corridors, the Commission shall designate, after consultation with the Member States concerned, and after having consulted the European Parliament, persons called "European Coordinator".

1. In order to facilitate the coordinated implementation of core network corridors, the Commission shall designate, after consultation with the Member States concerned, and with the European Parliament, persons called "European Coordinator".

2. The European Coordinator shall be chosen, in particular, on the basis of his/her experience of European institutions and knowledge of issues relating to the financing and the socio-economic and environmental evaluation of major projects.

2. The European Coordinator shall be chosen, in particular, on the basis of his/her experience of European institutions and knowledge of issues relating to the financing and the socio-economic and environmental evaluation of major projects.

3. The Commission decision designating the European Coordinator shall specify how the tasks referred to in paragraph 5 are to be performed.

3. The Commission decision designating the European Coordinator shall specify how the tasks referred to in paragraph 5 are to be performed.

 

3 a. For the implementation of ERTMS and Motorways of Seas a special coordinator shall be appointed.

4. The European Coordinator shall act in the name and on behalf of the Commission. The remit of the European Coordinator shall relate to a single core network corridor. The European Coordinator shall draw up together with the Member States concerned a work plan for the activities to be fulfilled.

4. The European Coordinator shall act in the name and on behalf of the Commission. The remit of the European Coordinator shall relate to a single core network corridor. The European Coordinator shall draw up together with the Member States concerned a work plan for the activities to be fulfilled.

5. The European Coordinator shall:

5. The European Coordinator shall:

(a) lead the coordinated implementation of the core network corridor in order to enable respect of the timeline set in the implementing decision for the individual core network corridor;

(a) lead the coordinated implementation of the core network corridor in order to enable respect of the timeline set in the implementing decision for the individual core network corridor;

 

(aa) ensure that national infrastructure plans take into account the development of the corridor.

(b) report to the Member States, to the Commission and, as appropriate, to all other entities directly involved in the development of the core network corridor on any difficulties encountered and contribute to finding appropriate solutions;

(b) report to the Member States, to the Commission and, as appropriate, to all other entities directly involved in the development of the core network corridor on any difficulties encountered and contribute to finding appropriate solutions; if the European Coordinator considers that the smooth running of a project is being seriously hampered, he or she may also alert the Commission for the purposes of enforcing Article 59.

(c) draw up a report every year for the European Parliament, the Commission and the Member States concerned on the progress achieved in implementing the core network corridor;

(c) draw up a report every year for the European Parliament, the Commission and the Member States concerned on the progress achieved in implementing the core network corridor;

(d) consult, in cooperation with the Member States concerned, in particular regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators, transport users and, as appropriate, other public and private entities, with a view to gaining a fuller knowledge of the demand for transport services, the possibilities of investment funding and financing and steps to be undertaken and the conditions to be met in order to facilitate access to such funding or financing.

(d) consult, in cooperation with the Member States concerned, in particular municipal and local authorities, regional authorities where appropriate, and local transport authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators, transport users and, as appropriate, other public and private entities, with a view to gaining a fuller knowledge of the demand for transport services, the possibilities of investment funding and financing and steps to be undertaken and the conditions to be met in order to facilitate access to such funding or financing. The European Coordinator shall have sufficient ressources to actively contribute to compromises between projects requirements and the interests of the affected regional and local authorities and the civil society.

6. The Member States concerned shall cooperate with the European Coordinator and give the Coordinator the information required to perform the tasks referred to in paragraph 5.

6. The Member States concerned shall cooperate with the European Coordinator and give the Coordinator the information required to perform the tasks referred to in paragraph 5, including on how their national infrastructure plan takes the development of the corridors into account.

7. Without prejudice to the applicable procedures laid down in Union and national law, the Commission may request the opinion of the European Coordinator when examining applications for Union funding for core network corridors for which the European Coordinator is responsible.

7. Without prejudice to the applicable procedures laid down in Union and national law, the Commission shall request the opinion of the European Coordinator when examining applications for Union funding for core network corridors for which the European Coordinator is responsible to ensure the consistency and advancement of each corridor.

 

7a. If the Coordinator is unable to carry out his or her mandate satisfactorily and in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Article, the Commission may at any time withdraw the appointment and appoint a replacement.

Amendment    155

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States concerned shall establish a corridor platform responsible for defining the general objectives of the core network corridor and for preparing and supervising the measures referred to in Article 53(1).

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States concerned shall establish a corridor platform responsible for defining the general objectives of the core network corridor and for preparing and supervising the measures referred to in Article 53(1).

2. The corridor platform shall be composed of the representatives of the Member States concerned and, as appropriate, other public and private entities. In any case, the relevant infrastructure managers as defined in Directive 2001/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure shall participate in the corridor platform.

2. The corridor platform shall be composed of the representatives of the Member States concerned and, in principle, other public and private entities such as the regional and local authorities concerned. In any case, the relevant infrastructure managers as defined in Directive 2001/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure as well as railway undertakings as users of the corridor, representatives of port authorities of the sea and inland ports which are concerned by the corridor shall participate in the corridor platform.

 

The rail freight corridors set up under Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 shall be the basis for the rail dimension of the corridor platform as appropriate.

3. The European Coordinator shall chair the corridor platform.

3. The European Coordinator shall chair the corridor platform.

4. The corridor platform may be established as a permanent legal entity, such as a European Economic Interest Group.

4. The corridor platform may be established as a permanent legal entity, such as a European Economic Interest Group.

5. The establishment of corridor platforms is without prejudice to the principle that the beneficiary of Union financial support has the final responsibility for the implementation of the projects.

5. The establishment of corridor platforms is without prejudice to the principle that the beneficiary of Union financial support has the final responsibility for the implementation of the projects.

 

5a. In order to avoid any duplication of activity, adequate coordination must be ensured between the corridor platforms and the structures provided for in Regulation (EU) No 913/2010.

Amendment    156

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States concerned, in cooperation with the corridor platform, shall jointly draw up and notify to the Commission a corridor development plan within six months after entry into force of this Regulation. This plan shall include in particular:

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States and regional authorities concerned, in cooperation with the corridor platform, shall jointly draw up and notify to the Commission a corridor development plan within six months after entry into force of this Regulation. This plan shall include in particular:

Amendment    157

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) a description of the characteristics of the core network corridor, including bottlenecks;

(a) a description of the characteristics of the core network corridor, including cross-border sections and bottlenecks;

Amendment    158

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the objectives for the core network corridor in particular in terms of performance expressed as the quality of the service, its capacity and its compliance with the requirements set out in Chapter II;

(b) the objectives for the core network corridor in particular in terms of performance expressed as the quality, accessibility and safety of the service, its capacity and its compliance with the requirements set out in Chapter II;

Amendment    159

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point e – indent 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

- measures to be taken in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions;

- measures to be taken in order to mitigate negative environmental impacts;

Amendment    160

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) measures to establish public consultation procedures geared towards the development of corridor projects of common interest, particularly when they affect cross-border sections, in the context of which the Coordinator must ensure that an extensive public consultation takes place well in advance with all stakeholders and civil society and that measures to identify problems, if any, are drawn up, and must propose ways of developing the corridor plan and implementing it in a balanced manner.

Justification

In the past, some projects were delayed or opposed because they had not been subject to an extensive public consultation and information procedure. Persons employed in the new corridor coordinator role should therefore work to promote broad consultation of civil society and, on the basis of their cross-border perspective, seek to overcome obstacles to the development of projects of common interest.

Amendment    161

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The corridor development plan shall take into account the efforts already made by the Member States and the relevant infrastructure managers in implementing Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 as well as the experiences and results of the existing rail freight corridor companies or the entities concerned;

Justification

In some Member States rail freight corridor companies do not exist so it is important to take other entities into account that might provide relevant expertise.

Amendment    162

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. In order to support the implementation of the core network corridors, the Commission may adopt implementing decisions for core network corridors. These decisions may:

3. In order to support the implementation of the core network corridors, the Commission shall adopt implementing decisions for core network corridors. These decisions may:

(a) include the investment planning, the related costs and implementation timeline, estimated as necessary to implement the core network corridors in line with the objectives of this Regulation;

(a) include the investment planning, the related costs and implementation timeline, estimated as necessary to implement the core network corridors in line with the objectives of this Regulation;

(b) define all measures aimed at reducing external costs, in particular greenhouse gas emissions and noise, and aimed at promoting the introduction of new technologies in traffic and capacity management;

(b) define all measures aimed at reducing external costs, in particular greenhouse gas emissions and noise, and aimed at promoting the introduction of new technologies in traffic and capacity management.

(c) provide for other measures which are necessary for the implementation of the corridor development plan and for the efficient use of the core network corridor infrastructure.

 

Justification

The paragraph c) goes too far for an implementing act and should be deleted.

Amendment    163

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Where sections of the corridor coincide with the corridors under Regulation (EU) No 913/2010, the development plan and market study already provided for in that Regulation shall be taken into consideration in the drawing up of the corridor development plan.

Justification

The aim is the same as that of the previous amendment, i.e. to avoid duplication with work already done under Freight Regulation (EU) No 913/2010.

Amendment    164

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States shall inform the Commission continuously through the interactive geographical and technical information system for the trans-European transport network (TENtec), about the progress made in implementing projects of common interest and the investments made for this purpose.

Member States shall inform the Commission continuously and transparently through the interactive geographical and technical information system for the trans-European transport network (TENtec), about the progress made in implementing projects of common interest and the investments made for this purpose. This shall include detailed statistical data on all relevant financial aid in the form of grants, loans or other financial instruments, used for each project of common interest and for each transport mode in the core as well as in the comprehensive network at Union and at the respective Member State level. The forms of financial aid to be taken into account for this report are in particular:

 

- financial aid covered by Regulation XXXX [Connecting Europe Facility];

 

- financial aid covered by Regulation XXXX and XXXX [Cohesion Fund, ERDF];

 

- financial aid covered by Regulation XXXX [Horizon 2020];

 

- financial aid in the form of loans and financing instruments provided by the European Investment Bank;

 

- any other resources.

 

TENtec shall be publicly and easily accessible. It shall contain project-specific and updated information on the forms and amounts of Union co-funding, as well as on the progress of each project.

Member States shall provide the Commission with abstracts of national plans and programmes which they are drawing up with a view to develop the trans-European transport network, in particular in relation to the core network. Once adopted, the Member States shall send the national plans and programmes to the Commission for information.

Member States shall provide the Commission with abstracts of national plans and programmes which they are drawing up with a view to develop the trans-European transport network, in particular in relation to the core network. Once adopted, the Member States shall send the national plans and programmes to the Commission for information.

Amendment    165

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Every two years starting from the entry into force of this Regulation and after consultation of the Committee referred to in Article 54, the Commission shall publish a progress report on the implementation of the guidelines, which shall be submitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

2. Every two years starting from the entry into force of this Regulation and after consultation of the Committee referred to in Article 54, the Commission shall publish a progress report on the implementation of the guidelines, which shall be submitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. The report shall contain detailed statistical data on the use of the various forms of financial aid mentioned in paragraph 1, for the various transport modes and other elements of the core and comprehensive network as outlined in Chapters II and III at Union level as well as for each Member State.

 

The report shall also:

 

- analyse and outline the dynamic and evolving character of the trans-European transport network regarding completed projects of common interest, resulting in potential changes of passenger and freight transport flows as well as modal utilisation;

 

- provide detailed information on the Commission's internal coordination of all forms of financial aid mentioned in paragraph 1 in view of ensuring a coherent application of the TEN-T guidelines in line with its objectives and priorities.

Justification

The progress report to be prepared by the Commission should contain more detailed data and additional elements. It should reflect and outline the evolving character of the TEN-T as well as provide detailed information on the Commission's internal coordination of all forms of financial aid for TEN-T.

Amendment    166

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 3 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) adjust the map for the core network corridors to reflect any changes in the list of core network corridors set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No XXXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility].

Justification

For the adjustment of the map of the core network corridors, a delegated act needs to be foreseen.

Amendment    167

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 54a

 

Involvement of regional and local authorities and civil society

 

Member States shall ensure that the interests of regional and local authorities as well as of local civil society affected by a project of common interest are appropriately taken into account in the planning and construction phase of a project. By 1 December 2013, the Commission shall present guidelines and a best practice manual for this purpose.

Justification

The Commission should develop some guidelines and a best practice manual in order to appropriately involve the local and regional civil society in TEN-T projects and develop these projects with, rather than against, them. By this means, long and costly project delays could be avoided.

Amendment    168

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 54 b

 

Methodologies for socio-economic cost-benefit analysis, European added value and climate impact assessment

 

Based on the definitions in Article 3, the Commission shall develop detailed methodologies for:

 

- a socio-economic cost-benefit analysis;

 

- the assessment of the European added value;

 

- climate impact assessments.

 

Those methodologies shall be used for the assessment of projects of common interest as set out in Article 7. The Commission shall pay particular attention to minimising the administrative burden that the expanded assessment process may present, in particular to smaller projects with low estimated total budgets.

 

Those methodologies shall be adopted by delegated acts by no later than 31 January 2014 in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 56.

Justification

New requirements like the Climate Impact Assessment should aim to serve their purpose without unduly complicating the administrative procedures that for smaller projects and for a number of Member States can present difficulties.

Amendment    169

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By 31 December 2023 at the latest, the Commission shall carry out a review of the implementation of the core network, evaluating compliance with the provisions laid down in this Regulation and the progress in implementation.

By 31 December 2023, the Commission, with the assistance of the European Coordinators, shall carry out a review of the implementation of the core network, evaluating:

 

(a) compliance with the provisions laid down in this Regulation;

 

(b) progress in implementation of this Regulation;

 

(c) changes of passenger and freight transport flows;

 

(d) developments in national transport infrastructure investment

 

(e) the need for amendments to this Regulation.

 

In addition to that review, the Commission shall assess if new sections, such as certain former cross-border priority projects listed in Decision No 661/2010 on the TEN-T guidelines are to be included in the core network and shall present a legislative proposal if appropriate.

Amendment    170

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission may, as part of its active monitoring of the implementation of the core network and having due regard to the principle of proportionality and subsidiarity, decide to take appropriate measures.

deleted

Justification

The Commission should not have the right to decide on these measures unilaterally. Therefore this paragraph should be deleted.

Amendment    171

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 04/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the railway section Aarhus - Frederikshavn - Hirtshals

 

- the Swedish navigable inland waterways connecting Göteborg with the hinterland lakes

 

- the Swedish navigable inland waterways connecting Stockholm with the hinterland lakes

 

add the following to the comprehensive network:

 

- the railway line Nyköbing - Gedser

 

- the Swedish navigable inland waterways connecting Göteborg with the hinterland lakes

 

- the Swedish navigable inland waterways connecting Stockholm with the hinterland lakes

Amendment    172

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 05/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the railway section from Aarhus to Hirtshals and Frederikshavn

 

- the road section from Aarhus to Hirtshals and Frederikshavn

Amendment    173

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 07/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the airport of Nottingham East Midlands (UK)

Amendment    174

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 08/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the ports of Guyane (FR) and Lille

 

add the following to the rail passenger, rail freight and road core network:

 

- the Nantes Saint Nazaire - Lyon section (FR)

 

add the following to the comprehensive network:

 

- the rail connection bridging Colmar/FR with Freiburg/DE

Amendment    175

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 10/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the ports of Bergen op Zoom, Almelo, Moerdijk, Nijmegen, Kortrijk-Bossuit

 

- the port of Deventer

 

add the following to the comprehensive network:

 

- the rail freight line Valenciennes - Mons

Amendment    176

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 11/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the airport of Liège-Bierset (BE)

 

- the port of Valenciennes

Amendment    177

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 12/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the comprehensive network:

 

- the Berlin - Küstrin - Kietz - Kostrzyn nad Odra - Gdansk rail connection

 

- the Berlin - Forst (Lausitz) - Wroclaw rail connection

 

add the following to the core network

 

- the port of Nürnberg

Amendment    178

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 13/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the comprehensive network:

 

- the Ustí nad Labem - Dresden high-speed rail link

 

- the modernisation of the Ceská Kubice border station - Regensburg stretch

Amendment    179

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 14/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the Berlin - Szczecin rail connection

 

- the Prague-Lovosice high-speed rail link

 

- the port of Usti nad Labem

 

- the port of Komarno

Amendment    180

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 15/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the Berlin - Szczecin rail and road connection

Amendment    181

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 16/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES)

 

add the following rail freight transport sections to the comprehensive network:

 

– Ávila – Salamanca

 

– León – ZamoraSalamanca – Plasencia

 

– Los Rosales – Zafra

 

– Torralba – Soria – Castejón

Amendment    182

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 17/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the airport of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES)

 

- the airport of Tenerife South ('Tenerife Sur') (ES)

 

- the airport of Malaga (ES)

 

- the airport of Alicante (ES)

 

- the multimodal platform of Alcázar de San Juan (ES)

 

- the multimodal platform of León (ES)

 

- the multimodal platform of Antequera (ES)

 

- the multimodal platform of Murcia (ES)

 

- the multimodal platform of Valladolid (ES)

 

- the multimodal platform of Zaragoza (ES)

 

add the following rail passenger transport section to the comprehensive network:

 

– Los Rosales - Zafra

 

add the following road sections to the comprehensive network:

 

- Ávila - Salamanca

 

- Ávila - Villacastín

Amendment    183

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 18/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the port of Cagliari (IT)

 

- the port of Cremona

 

- the port of Montova

 

- the multimodal platform of Cervignano

 

- the multimodal platform of Firenze

 

- the multimodal platform of Verona

Amendment    184

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 19/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the airport of Cagliari (IT)

Amendment    185

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 20/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the Ungheni - Iasi - Suceava - De j -Cluj Napoca - Coslari railway connection (freight)

Amendment    186

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 21/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the Ungheni - Iasi - Suceava-Dej-Cluj Napoca-Coslari railway connection (passengers)

 

- the Ungheni - Miclauseni-Miraslau-Sebes road connection

 

- the Bucharest - Craiova - Calafat road connections

 

- the port of Galati

 

add the following to the comprehensive network:

 

- the Constanta - Tulcea - Galati - Braila road connection

Amendment    187

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I – Volume 22/33 and 23/33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following to the core network:

 

- the port of Heraklion (EL)

 

- the airport of Heraklion (EL)

Amendment    188

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Section 1a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following nodes to the core network:

 

- Cagliari (IT)

 

- Heraklion (EL)

 

- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria / Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES)

Amendment    189

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Section 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

add the following ports to the core network:

 

- Cagliari (IT)

 

- Heraklion (EL)

 

- Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES)

 

- Felixstowe - Harwich (Cluster) (UK)

Amendment    190

Proposal for a regulation

Annex II – Section 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The lists of airports, ports, inland ports and rail-road terminals belonging to the core network and to the comprehensive network are added to this Annex.

(1)

OJ C 143, 22.5.2012, p. 130.

(2)

OJ C 225, 27.7.2012, p. 150.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Trans-european Transport Network (TEN-T) is one of the key projects of the European Union. It is the backbone of the common market, indispensable for the mobility of EU citizens, for the economic, social and territorial cohesion, and for creating economic growth and jobs.

The current challenges for the realisation of the TEN-T are well known: a significant delay in the realisation of many TEN-T projects, difficulties in project financing in times of economic crisis, a lack of coordination between the different centrally and decentrally managed financing instruments, as well as a lack of information and statistics on the funding of projects, in particular those financial aids coming from the Structural and Cohesion funds and from the EIB.

In its proposal, the Commission intended to meet these challenges through significant changes to the current TEN-T policy:

Methodology and dual layer structure:

The pre-identification of projects of common interest illustrated in the maps in the Annex is now based on a methodology with common criteria for the whole network and all its modes of transports. The methodology was explained by the Commission in the Hearing on the TEN-T guidelines on 8 May 2012 and also in the related document distributed there.

For the Rapporteurs, this new methodology is a crucial element of the new TEN-T policy. It helps to understand the structure of the TEN-T and fosters strategic and conceptual planning to integrate all regions equally and according to the transport needs. It will also help to avoid arbitrary decisions. Indeed, it should be the European dimension which counts for the TEN-T rather than strictly national, regional or local wish lists. For the Rapporteurs, the underlying methodology proposed by the Commission in its proposal is sound and balanced.

This methodology leads to a dual layer structure: the comprehensive and the core network. It constitutes the basis for the identification of projects of common interest and the Rapporteurs fully support this dual layer approach. The same goes for the Annexes of this Regulation, which outline the potential projects of common interest as a result of the applied methodology. The Rapporteurs only propose two minor adjustments within the framework of the methodology and in full compliance with its logic:

1) the inclusion of freight airports exceeding 1% of the annual air freight shipment, with the airports of Liege and East Midlands becoming part of the core network;

2) the inclusion of urban nodes on the main European islands. By this, Cagliari in Sardinia (1,68 million inhabitants), Heraklion in Crete (NUTS 1 with 1,11 million inhabitants) and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria (NUTS 1 with 2,12 million inhabitants) would become urban nodes and their respective airports and ports become part of the core network.

Prioritisation and EU added value:

Maximising the European added value and achieving the greatest possible progress with scarce financial resources should be one of the key priorities for the TEN-T. To meet this objective, a stronger prioritization is proposed by the Commission. There is a clear focus on the most important elements of the TEN-T (in particular bottlenecks, missing links and cross border projects) as well as on sustainable modes of transport and complementary elements such as ITS. Your Rapporteurs share this approach. However, they propose to go a step further from the Commission's proposal. Above all, it is about defining some stricter criteria for projects of common interest by better structuring Articles 4 (Objectives) and 10 (Priorities) as well as by slightly narrowing the eligibility conditions in Article 7.

In addition, in the Commission's proposal, the European added value remains a rather vague concept. It appears to have different meanings to different actors. In your Rapporteurs' opinion, it is necessary to introduce a definition tailored to the TEN-T. The same applies to the socio-economic cost benefit analysis.

The work on the detailed methodologies to be used for assessing projects of common interest should be carried out by the Commission after the adoption of this Regulation. The form of a delegated act would guarantee that Parliament is involved in this process.

The Rapporteurs share the Commission's view that there shall be binding deadlines for the completion of both the core and the comprehensive network (2030 and 2050 respectively). They will help to create the necessary push for the TEN-T.

TEN-T and sustainable growth:

Furthermore, a stronger link between the TEN-T objectives and priorities on the one hand and the EU's 2020 strategy on the other is needed in order to better reflect the challenges ahead.

Given the long term climate impacts of transport infrastructure, it seems indispensable that climate impact assessments are carried out for new or upgraded infrastructure projects. The enormous challenges for transport policy to curb carbon emissions and the resulting ambitious objectives outlined in the White Paper on Transport Policy make this even more necessary. Therefore, climate impact assessments should be incorporated in the socio-economic cost benefit analysis required in Article 7.

Coordination and implementing instruments:

In Chapter IV, the Commission proposes a multimodal Core Network Corridor approach. The 10 proposed Core Network Corridors cover the most important cross border long distance flows. They serve as a key instrument for the coordinated implementation of the core network. These corridors will in principle cover three transport modes and cross at least three Member States generally establishing a connection with a maritime port.

The Commission proposes that European Coordinators shall be appointed for the coordination and the governance of the Core Network Corridors (Article 51). Corridor Platforms under chairmanship of the respective European Coordinator shall facilitate the governance of these corridors (Article 52). The Platform may be established as a permanent legal entity such as a European Economic Interest group. In cooperation with the Corridor Platform, Member States shall jointly draw up corridor development plans.

The Rapporteurs support this approach. Indeed, better coordination is another pillar of the new TEN-T policy. The experience with the Coordinators for some of the current TEN-T Priority projects is so far rather positive. Their new role needs to be further clarified and enriched. With the corridor platform and the corridor development plan, they will be able to base themselves upon a harmonised structure. The Rapporteurs consider this to be the right approach. A couple of elements have, however, been added. Other corridor approaches (e.g. rail freight corridors) should for example be better taken into account for the Corridors' governance structure. The involvement of regional and local authorities as well as of the representatives of the sea and inland ports concerned should also be improved.

Remarks on specific modes of transport:

The Rapporteurs welcome the Commission's intention to strengthen the EU seaports as multimodal gateways, while stressing that the concept of the 'Motorways of the sea' remains rather vague. Furthermore, they have been downgraded - compared to the rather prominent role in the current TEN-T guidelines. For this reason and in order to underline their strategic importance, the Rapporteurs propose to request an update of the Motorways of the sea project.

With regards to inland waterways, the Rapporteurs welcome the focus on this mode of transport - in particular relating to the Connecting Europe Facility. However, some areas of specific importance to species of flora and fauna, such as natural, unspoiled, free-flowing rivers, and Natura2000 sites should be exempted from the inland waterway requirements, in particular the class 4 requirements in Article 17. Here the vessels should adapt to the river and not the river to the vessels.

Concerns of the local civil society and project delays:

A question of ever increasing importance has not been addressed by the Commission: how can appropriate consultation and participation of the citizens affected by a certain project (e.g. railway noise, pollution, etc) be ensured in the planning process? This is essential so that the impact of controversial projects can be mitigated and long-term conflicts at local or regional level which are often resulting in significant project delays can be avoided. Currently, a number of key projects face strong opposition by the local population (e.g. Lyon-Turin Base tunnel, Stuttgart 21). The Commission should therefore be required to draft guidelines for appropriately involving the local/regional authorities and civil society in TEN-T projects and develop these projects with, rather than against, them.

Transparency, monitoring and reporting and internal coordination:

According to Article 54 (1) of the proposal on the TEN-T guidelines, Member States shall inform the Commission on a regular basis, through the interactive geographical and technical information system for the trans-European transport network (TENtec), on the progress made in implementing projects of common interest and the investments made for this purpose.

This system has a high potential for improving the current unsatisfactory situation regarding the availability of information on all different types of financing for projects of common interest. In particular, the lack of transparency and information on TEN-T projects financed by the Structural and Cohesion Funds has been criticised by the TRAN Committee in the past.

However, according to the Commission's proposal, it is not fully clear whether the Member States will have to feed this TENtec with data from all different funding instruments. The Rapporteurs have decided to clarify this and to also include data on loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Furthermore, not only the reporting obligations for the Member States should be strengthened. The biannual progress report to be prepared by the Commission should also contain more detailed data and additional elements. It should reflect and outline the evolving character of the TEN-T as well as provide detailed information on the Commission's internal coordination of all forms of financial aid for the TEN-T. The latter is very important in order for the European Parliament to have an overview of whether the funding policy of all financial programmes is carried out in accordance with the TEN-T guidelines.


OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (15.10.2012)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

(COM(2011)0650/3 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD))

Rapporteur: Elena Oana Antonescu

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Introduction

Transport is the backbone of a successful economy and a keystone for the social cohesion and integration in our society.

Shortcomings in Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) have a substantive impact on the free movement of goods and persons. An accessible and efficient transport infrastructure is essential for the provision of operative transport services, is fundamental for the freedom of movement and is vital for the ability of all regions in the European Union to remain competitive within the Single European Market. A prerequisite for a well functioning transport system is the presence of smart infrastructure. Infrastructure investments have a very long pay-back period and offer advantages if correctly built or conceived for many generations.

Key elements for better TEN-T

The rapporteur agrees in principle with the dual concept of a core network and a comprehensive network completing each other. The core network will to a large extent determine the character and the nature of the comprehensive network. However, given the long lead times until 2030 and 2050 it will be difficult to look so far into the future and work with binding deadlines.

The rapporteur considers that the aim of the guidelines is to improve connectivity and hence the functioning of the Single Market by enabling economic growth and mobility, which is vital for the quality of life of the European citizens.

When choosing the projects, the rapporteur is of the opinion that the starting point in the European Union's various geographical areas can be very diverse. Therefore a differentiated, balanced approach is very much necessary taking into account this situation, the future needs of the respective regions and Member States and the complementary character of the different transport modes. For example rail or inland waterways have from an environmental point of view a potential advantage over road haulage but they can never match the capillarity of road transport which remains irreplaceable certainly for not so well connected or remote areas or delivery points, the last distance to be covered e.g. to sea waterways and also with respect to smaller distances or smaller load quantities.

The use of fossil fuels in most transport modes has traditionally been very dominant but things have started to change: green electricity, alternative fuels, EURO 5 and 6 lorries with drastically reduced emissions, better efficiency in all modes of transport should provide good options in the future.

Closing the "missing links" like border connections and bottlenecks would be a feasible possibility showing added European value but this is not only a matter of pure infrastructure. It should rather go hand in hand with administrative reforms speeding up procedures at the borders. The rapporteur thus encourages the Commission to pursue its ongoing efforts in this sense.

In urban areas transport causes traffic jams, noise and air pollution. Those elements have a negative effect on the air quality and the quality of life in cities which currently and also in the future will attract even more people, according to demographic projections. Improvements in exhaust emissions from both passenger and heavy duty vehicles have been weakened by an increasing demand for transport, so a bigger use of low- or even zero-emission vehicles in cities could be a possible solution. Demand for transport is very sensitive, so convincing alternatives have to be offered to the public in order to enhance the necessary changes.

The rapporteur welcomes the intended efforts by the Commission in Article 5 to make a resource efficient use of infrastructure. It will be cost-effective for the actors involved and in line with what the European Parliament might adopt in relation to the roadmap on resource efficiency. This should include the use of intelligent transport systems, satellite navigation, better logistics (today 25% of heavy duty vehicles still have to drive empty), smooth intermodal shift allowing each transport mode to take advantage of its own qualities and the continuation of research and development in this field.

Building infrastructure in the form of railways, highways etc. can have substantive consequences for natural habitats and may contribute to endangering the existence of certain animal species. Protection of biodiversity has a key impact on the viability of our ecosystems and the benefits they provide to us. Findings about negative consequences for biodiversity should therefore be fully taken into account when designing, building and financing transport infrastructure.

The rapporteur considers that the review of the implementation of the core network carried out by the Commission by 31 December 2023 shall take into account the economic and budgetary situation of the Union and in individual Member States, and also evaluate, in consultation with the Member States whether the core network should be modified taking into account the developments in transport flows and national investment planning.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety 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

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) These specific objectives should be achieved by establishing interconnections and interoperability between national transport networks in a resource-efficient way.

(3) These specific objectives should be achieved by establishing interconnections and interoperability between national transport networks in a resource-efficient way. Railway interoperability could be promoted by innovative solutions that improve the compatibility among the different systems, such as on-board equipment and multi-gauge tracks.

Justification

Innovative solutions for the improvement of interoperability should be considered in the Regulation.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) Policy on trans-European transport networks must contribute to the EU 2050 climate objectives in line with the Commission's Communication on ‘A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050’. To this end, the objectives concerned must be taken as a basis for specifically defining the criteria for the implementation of projects and the allocation of funds.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) The core network should be identified and implemented as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks.

(11) The core network should be identified and implemented as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value and serving the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 23 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(23a) Union legislation on the TEN-T Guidelines should guarantee that Union infrastructure projects will also adequately take into account the environmental and biodiversity aspects whilst delivering measurable steps towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient and resource-efficient economy. Trans-European transport networks should contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and favour the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) ‘European added value’ means, in relation to a project, the value resulting from Union intervention which is additional to the value that would otherwise have been created by Member State action alone;

(e) ‘European added value’ means, in relation to a project, the value resulting from Union intervention which is additional to the value that would otherwise have been created by Member State action alone. This added value shall contribute to meeting the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy in 2050;

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The trans-European transport network shall enable transport services and operations which:

1. The trans-European transport network shall strengthen the territorial cohesion of the Union, contribute to the full implementation of the Single European Market, as well as enable transport services and operations which:

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) meet the mobility and transport needs of its users within the Union and in the relations with third countries, thereby contributing to further economic growth and competitiveness;

(a) meet the mobility and transport needs of its users within the Union and in the relations with third countries, thereby contributing to further economic growth and competitiveness of the Union in a global perspective;

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) enhance the free movement of goods and persons within the internal market and offer high quality mobility services while using resources more efficiently;

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) are economically efficient, contribute to the objectives of low-carbon and clean transport, fuel security and environmental protection, are safe and secure and have high quality standards, both for passenger and freight transport;

(b) are economically efficient, contribute to the objectives of low-carbon and clean transport, fuel security and environmental protection, further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the EU 2050 climate objectives and the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, are safe and secure and have high quality standards, both for passenger and freight transport;

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) promote the most advanced technological and operational concepts;

(c) promote the most advanced technological and operational concepts for all types of transport;

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) provide appropriate accessibility of all regions of the Union, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive growth.

(d) provide appropriate accessibility and connectivity of all regions of the Union, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive growth.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) reduce the impact on the environment and key natural assets like water, land and ecosystems;

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the interconnection and interoperability of national transport networks;

(a) the interconnection and interoperability of national transport networks as well as cross-border traffic routes;

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the development of all transport modes in a manner consistent with ensuring sustainable and economically efficient transport in the long term;

(c) the development of all transport modes in a manner consistent both with the EU climate objectives and with ensuring sustainable and economically efficient transport in the long term;

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) the efficient use of infrastructure;

(e) the efficient and adequate use of modern infrastructure;

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) promotion of a broad use of transport with the most carbon neutral effect;

(f) the need to promote a broader use of best possible carbon neutral modes of transportation;

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point j

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(j) a transport infrastructure that reflects the specific situations in different parts of the Union and provides for a balanced coverage of European regions, including outermost regions and other peripheral ones;

(j) a transport infrastructure that reflects the specific situations in different parts of the Union and provides for a balanced coverage of European regions, including outermost regions, mountainous and isolated areas, and other peripheral ones;

Justification

Specific reference should be made to mountainous regions, which, owing to the fact that they are difficult to access and often environmentally sensitive, require special attention. Reference should also be made to isolated areas, which, although not located in peripheral areas, are peripheral in the widest sense of the term and face specific challenges.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point k a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ka) the development of infrastructure which is sensitive to the need to protect areas of ecological value and biodiversity.

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. These objectives shall be taken as a basis for specifically defining the criteria for the implementation of projects and the allocation of funds.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and, as appropriate, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators and other public and private entities shall plan, develop and operate the trans-European transport network in a resource efficient way, through:

Member States and, as appropriate, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators and other public and private entities shall plan, develop and operate the trans-European transport network in a resource efficient and sustainable way, through:

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the broad deployment of new technologies and ITS;

(b) the broad deployment of new technologies and ITS applications in order to support efficient driving for instance by removing traffic jams or bottlenecks near urban areas or cross-border passages;

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) promoting programmes for safety and reducing risk and prevalence of accidents;

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) removing administrative and technical barriers, in particular to the interoperability of the network and to competition;

(c) removing administrative and technical barriers, in particular to the interoperability and interconnection of the network and to competition - a step forward to the full implementation of the European Single Market;

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) ensuring optimal integration of the transport modes;

(d) ensuring optimal integration of the transport modes according to conditions and needs on the spot;

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) improving or maintaining the quality of infrastructure in terms of efficiency, safety, security, climate and where appropriate disaster resilience, environmental performances, social conditions, accessibility for all users, quality of services and continuity of traffic flows;

(f) minimising climate impact, improving or maintaining the quality of infrastructure in terms of efficiency, safety, security, and where appropriate disaster resilience, environmental performances, social conditions, accessibility for all users, quality of services and continuity of traffic flows;

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) rivers, canals and lakes comply with the minimum requirements for class IV waterways as laid down in the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN) on the new classification of inland waterways and ensure continuous bridge clearance.

(a) rivers, canals and lakes comply with the minimum requirements for class IV waterways as laid down in the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN) on the new classification of inland waterways and ensure continuous bridge clearance, where appropriate, without preventing achievement of the environmental objectives of at least Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora* and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy** and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds***.

 

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* OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7.

 

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** OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1.

 

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*** OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, p. 7.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) for existing inland waterways: implementing measures necessary to reach the standards of the inland waterways class IV;

(a) for existing inland waterways: implementing measures necessary to reach the standards of the inland waterways class IV, where appropriate, without preventing achievement of the environmental objectives of at least Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora* and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy** and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds***;

 

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* OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7.

 

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** OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1.

 

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*** OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, p. 7.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) where appropriate, achieving higher standards than inland waterways class IV, to meet market demands;

(b) where appropriate to meet market demands achieving higher standards than inland waterways class IV without preventing achievement of the environmental objectives of at least Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora* and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy** and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds***;

 

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* OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7.

 

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** OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1.

 

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*** OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, p. 7.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Member States and other project promoters shall make use of the integrated approach for planning inland waterway projects, especially when applying for (co-)financing under EU Programmes.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 2 – point a – point ii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iia) the airport is of strategic importance for the region served.

Justification

All airports of strategic importance for the regions should be included in these guidelines, at least in the comprehensive network.

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) promote measures to reduce noise at source;

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and other project promoters shall give due consideration to ensure that transport infrastructure provides for a high degree of safety and security for passenger and freight movements.

Member States and other project promoters shall give due consideration to ensure that transport infrastructure provides for a high degree of safety and security for passenger and freight movements. Transport safety and security should be further consolidated and strengthened through cooperation between Member States and with major international actors.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

During infrastructure planning, Member States and other project promoters shall give due consideration to the risk assessments and adaptation measures adequately improving the resilience to climate change, in particular in relation to precipitation, floods, storms, high temperature and heat waves, droughts, sea level rise and coastal surges, in compliance with any requirement which may be set out in relevant Union legislation.

During infrastructure planning, Member States and other project promoters shall give due consideration to the risk assessments and adaptation measures adequately improving the resilience to climate change, in particular in relation to precipitation, floods, storms, high temperature and heat waves, low temperature and cold spells, droughts, sea level rise and coastal surges, in compliance with any requirement which may be set out in relevant Union legislation.

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and other project promoters shall carry out environmental assessment of plans and projects in particular as provided in Council Directives 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment and 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, 2001/42/EC of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment, and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds in order to avoid or, when not possible, mitigate or compensate for negative impacts on the environment, such as to landscape fragmentation, soil sealing, air and water pollution as well as noise, and to effectively protect biodiversity.

Member States and other project promoters shall carry out environmental assessment of plans and projects in particular as provided in Council Directives 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment and 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy , 2001/42/EC of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment, and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds in order to avoid or, when not possible, mitigate or compensate for negative impacts on the environment, such as to landscape fragmentation, reduction of natural habitats, migration barriers, collision of vehicles with animals, soil sealing, air and water pollution as well as noise and to effectively protect biodiversity.

 

New infrastructure programmes and individual projects have to comply with Union legislation on environmental protection, and also with Union legislation on noise, water and the protection of flora and fauna, and infrastructure planning should be improved by identifying repercussions on the Natura 2000 network, notably by using the the Commission's information systems on the trans-European transport infrastructure (TENtec) and the Natura 2000 network,

 

The competent authorities in the Member States and other promoters of projects shall ensure that the legislation concerned is applied across borders.

 

The Commission shall encourage efficient dialogue and cooperation between the competent authorities in the Member States, albeit naturally without increasing the administrative burden.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Transport infrastructure shall allow seamless mobility and accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and disabled passengers.

Transport infrastructure shall allow seamless mobility and accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and disabled passengers. Member States and project promoters shall pay due attention to ensure that transport infrastructure is accessible to all users.

Justification

The Article should make it clear that Member States and project promoters are those ultimately responsible for ensuring that transport infrastructure is accessible to all users, particularly persons of reduced mobility.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 – point c – first indent

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– the development of rest areas approximately every 50 kilometres on motorways in order inter alia to provide sufficient parking space for commercial road users with an appropriate level of safety and security;

– the development of rest areas approximately every 50 kilometres, depending on the demand, on motorways in order to enhance road safety and inter alia to provide sufficient parking space for commercial road users with an appropriate level of safety and security;

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The corridor platform shall be composed of the representatives of the Member States concerned and, as appropriate, other public and private entities. In any case, the relevant infrastructure managers as defined in Directive 2001/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure shall participate in the corridor platform.

2. The corridor platform shall be composed of the representatives of the competent authorities of the Member States concerned and, as appropriate, other public and private entities. In any case, the relevant infrastructure managers as defined in Directive 2001/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure shall participate in the corridor platform.

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point e – indent 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

measures to establish public consultation procedures concerning the development of corridor projects of common interest, particularly when they affect cross-border sections. The coordinator shall ensure that an extensive public consultation process takes place with all stakeholders and civil society during the planning of new infrastructure.

Justification

In the past, some projects were delayed or opposed because they had not been subject to an extensive public consultation and information procedure. Persons employed in the new corridor coordinator role should therefore work to promote broad consultation of civil society and, on the basis of their cross-border perspective, seek to overcome obstacles to the development of projects of common interest.

PROCEDURE

Title

Development of the Trans-European Transport Network

References

COM(2011)0650 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

15.11.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

15.11.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Elena Oana Antonescu

15.12.2011

Discussed in committee

21.6.2012

 

 

 

Date adopted

10.10.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

57

0

2

Members present for the final vote

Martina Anderson, Elena Oana Antonescu, Kriton Arsenis, Sophie Auconie, Pilar Ayuso, Paolo Bartolozzi, Sandrine Bélier, Sergio Berlato, Lajos Bokros, Milan Cabrnoch, Nessa Childers, Yves Cochet, Chris Davies, Bas Eickhout, Edite Estrela, Jill Evans, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Elisabetta Gardini, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Matthias Groote, Françoise Grossetête, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Satu Hassi, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Karin Kadenbach, Christa Klaß, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Holger Krahmer, Jo Leinen, Peter Liese, Kartika Tamara Liotard, Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Linda McAvan, Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė, Miroslav Ouzký, Vladko Todorov Panayotov, Gilles Pargneaux, Andres Perello Rodriguez, Pavel Poc, Anna Rosbach, Oreste Rossi, Kārlis Šadurskis, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Carl Schlyter, Richard Seeber, Theodoros Skylakakis, Bogusław Sonik, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Salvatore Tatarella, Thomas Ulmer, Åsa Westlund, Sabine Wils

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Adam Gierek, Julie Girling, Esther Herranz García, Romana Jordan, Csaba Sándor Tabajdi, Vladimir Urutchev, Anna Záborská, Andrea Zanoni


OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (30.10.2012)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

(COM(2011)0650/3 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD))

Rapporteur: Sergio Gaetano Cofferati

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

A transport infrastructure network is vital for the completion of the single European market. In order to be effective, the free movement of persons and goods needs to overcome limitations, bottlenecks and the lack of rapid, continuous connections.

The Commission's guidelines for the development of a trans-European transport network based on a dual-layer model are a proposal that is rightly ambitious and comprehensive and can become a key instrument for sustainable growth and territorial cohesion.

To achieve that, it is fundamental that we look at transport infrastructure not only from the viewpoint of its marginal usefulness for individual regions or Member States, but that we also highlight and take full advantage of its European added value. The priorities to be set should therefore move in that direction, focusing first and foremost on the completion and reinforcement of cross-border sections, taking action to remove bottlenecks and facilitating the development of interoperable transport systems between Member States.

In addition to inter-country links, a vital role should be played by the connection of transport modes and by modal integration, through the establishment of links and intermodal platforms.

Transport infrastructure should, of course, be a concentration of the highest level of existing technology, in order to provide high quality services and ensure they are as safe as possible and affordable for all citizens.

The European transport system should be designed, built and updated in a way that ensures it is accessible to all users, paying particular attention to passengers with limited mobility and disabled or elderly people.

European infrastructure should be built by reducing environmental impact to a minimum and, where possible, by making the most of existing infrastructure. The network should be established, developed and managed efficiently in terms of resources and sustainably from a social and environmental point of view.

The European Coordinators, appointed to facilitate the implementation of the corridors, are figures of great importance in the establishment of the European networks. They will play a key role in giving momentum and ensuring that sections are completed with greater European added value, as well as ensuring that the infrastructure is planned rationally, by informing and involving the Member States and local authorities. Their role is, quite rightly, strengthened in the Commission proposal. Your rapporteur takes the view that this enhancement of the Coordinator's role is right and is consistent with the need to establish an infrastructure network that goes beyond national borders and helps the internal market to fulfil its potential.

Such an ambitious infrastructure project obviously calls for a major European investment plan. The increase in resources for such projects, through the 'Connecting Europe Facility', is an important step but is insufficient for the plan to be completed on schedule. Further funds and investments therefore need to be added, in addition to other resources which can also come from innovative forms of EU financing.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection 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

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) These specific objectives should be achieved by establishing interconnections and interoperability between national transport networks in a resource-efficient way.

(3) These specific objectives should be achieved by establishing interconnections and interoperability between national transport networks in a resource-efficient, eco-efficient and socially sustainable way.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) The comprehensive network should be a European-wide transport network ensuring the accessibility of all regions in the Union, including the remote and outermost regions, as also pursued by the Integrated Maritime Policy, and strengthening cohesion between them. The guidelines should set the requirements for the infrastructure of the comprehensive network, in order to achieve a high-quality network throughout the Union by 2050.

(10) The comprehensive network should be a European-wide transport network ensuring the accessibility of all regions in the Union, including the remote, island and outermost regions, as also pursued by the Integrated Maritime Policy, and strengthening economic and social cohesion between them. The guidelines should set the requirements for the infrastructure of the comprehensive network, in order to ensure a high-quality network throughout the Union by 2050.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) The comprehensive network should take into account the specific problems of some Member States, such as sparsely populated areas without alternative local roads, and ensure that those problems are managed efficiently and in appropriate way. This would contribute to enabling all citizens to enjoy the free movement in the European Union.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) The core network should be identified and implemented as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks.

(11) The core network should be identified and appropriate measures should be taken for its implementation as a priority within the framework provided by the comprehensive network by 2030. It should constitute the backbone of the development of a multi-modal transport network and stimulate the development of the entire comprehensive network. It should enable Union action to concentrate on those components of the trans-European transport network with the highest European added value, in particular cross-border sections, missing links, multi-modal connecting points and major bottlenecks.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) In order to establish the core and the comprehensive network in a coordinated and timely manner, allowing thereby maximising the network benefits, Member States concerned should ensure that the projects of common interest are finalised by 2030 and 2050 respectively.

(12) In order to establish the core and the comprehensive network in a coordinated and timely manner, allowing thereby maximising the network benefits, Member States concerned should ensure that the projects of common interest are finalised by 2030 and 2050 respectively. In the context of the review according to Article 57, the Commission should assess the state of progress of the projects and where necessary may reconsider these deadlines, taking account of any developments that may affect their achievement, as well as the catch up process of new Member States.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a) The Commission should monitor and assess whether Member States have taken all necessary measures to ensure that projects are carried out in accordance with the Union legislation, as well as to ascertain the correct implementation of this Regulation and the European added value of projects of common interest.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15a) This Regulation should not create additional administrative burdens to Member States, regional and local authorities, and all stakeholders involved in the development and the implementation of the TEN-T.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(18a) In the framework of the revision by 2023 according to Article 57, the Commission may evaluate in cooperation with the Member States concerned whether other infrastructures that have improved their standards and can ensure the requirements as defined in the Regulation, could be integrated into the network.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19a) In order to make the most of the TEN-T guidelines in a comprehensive way, as well as to provide a better, more effective and accessible use for passengers, the establishement of the core and the comprehensive network should be followed by the establishment of a Common European Passenger Transport Platform, offering standardized ways of travelling across Europe. The Common European Passenger Transport Platform should offer passengers accessible and comprehensive information regarding their cross border travels, including interconnections, interoperability and multimodality; provide a standardized way of ticket issuing and invoicing, enabling passengers to use a single ticket concerning their whole travel across different Member States and including all means of transport; offer a common system for complaints enabling consumers to alert travel operators from other EU Member States to the problems occurred.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19b) The guidelines recognise that the definition of priorities and the implementation of projects depend on their degree of maturity and the availability of financial resources, and do not prejudge the financial commitment of a Member State or the Union.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(24a) The trans-European transport network should be designed, built and updated in a way that ensures it is fully accessible to all users, paying particular attention to elderly people, disabled passengers or those with limited mobility.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27) Core network corridors should also address wider transport policy objectives and facilitate modal integration and multi-modal operations. This should allow specially developed corridors that are optimised in terms of energy use and emissions, thus minimising environmental impacts, and are also attractive for their reliability, limited congestion and low operating and administrative costs. An initial list of corridors should be included in the Regulation (EU) XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility], but should be adaptable in order to take account of changes in traffic flows.

(27) Core network corridors should also address wider transport policy objectives and facilitate modal integration and multi-modal operations. This should allow specially developed corridors that are optimised in terms of energy use and emissions, thus minimising environmental impacts, and are also attractive for their reliability, limited congestion and low operating and administrative costs that should be progressively further reduced. An initial list of corridors should be included in the Regulation (EU) XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility], but should be adaptable in order to take account of changes in traffic flows.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(28a) The role of the European Coordinators is of vital importance in order to give momentum and ensure that corridors and sections are completed with greater European added value, in addition to ensuring that the infrastructure is planned rationally, by establishing a structured dialogue with the local authorities and people concerned.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(30a) The trans-European transport network will only be able to be fully and optimally completed if there is a greater concentration of economic resources; additional resources should therefore be made available from innovative forms of Union financing.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) meet the mobility and transport needs of its users within the Union and in the relations with third countries, thereby contributing to further economic growth and competitiveness;

(a) meet the mobility and transport needs of all its users within the Union, and where appropriate, in the relations with third countries, thereby contributing to further sustainable economic growth and competitiveness;

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) promote the most advanced technological and operational concepts;

(c) promote the most advanced technological, eco-efficient and operational concepts;

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) provide appropriate accessibility of all regions of the Union, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive growth.

(d) improve accessibility of all regions of the Union, including outermost, island and mountain regions, and make sure it is adequate, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive and sustainable growth.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) offer users services that are accessible, safe and of high quality, on economically fair terms;

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) the development and improvement of existing infrastructure;

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) the minimisation of environmental impact;

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point j a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ja) a transport infrastructure that is geographically balanced and takes into account sparsely populated areas, areas without alternative local roads and areas difficult to access;

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – introductory wording

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and, as appropriate, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators and other public and private entities shall plan, develop and operate the trans-European transport network in a resource efficient way, through:

Member States and, as appropriate, regional and local authorities, infrastructure managers, transport operators and other public and private entities shall plan, develop and operate the trans-European transport network in a resource efficient and socially and environmentally sustainable way, through:

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) promoting emergency measures and programmes to improve safety and reduce accidents;

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point g b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(gb) measures to ensure that the objectives of social and environmental sustainability are always met.

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The comprehensive network shall be made up of all existing and planned transport infrastructures of the trans-European transport network as well as measures promoting the efficient use of such infrastructure. It shall be developed in accordance with Chapter II.

2. The comprehensive network shall be made up of all existing and planned transport infrastructures of the trans-European transport network as well as measures promoting the efficient and socially and environmentally sustainable use of such infrastructure. It shall be developed in accordance with Chapter II.

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Projects of common interest shall contribute to the development of the trans-European transport network through the creation of new transport infrastructure, the maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of existing transport infrastructure and through measures promoting its resource-efficient use.

 

1. Projects of common interest shall contribute to the development of the trans-European transport network through the creation of new transport infrastructure, the maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of existing transport infrastructure and through measures promoting its resource-efficient and socially and environmentally sustainable use.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The Commission shall monitor and assess whether Member States have taken all necessary measures to ensure that projects are carried out in accordance with the Union legislation.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) have been subject to a socio-economic cost benefit analysis resulting in a positive net present value;

(c) have been subject to a socio-economic cost benefit analysis resulting in a positive net present value, which should include the impact on the free movement of persons and goods among Member States, territorial cohesion and sustainable development;

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) demonstrate clear European added value.

(d) demonstrate clear European added value, including from a social, ecological and environmentally friendly perspective.

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) implement traffic management systems in those countries.

(d) promote traffic management systems in those countries.

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) recognise the physical and geographical constraints affecting transport infrastructures in the Member States as referred to by the Technical Standards for Interoperability.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The Member States shall ensure that the comprehensive network is completed and fully complies with the relevant provisions of this Chapter by 31 December 2050 at the latest.

3. The Member States shall ensure that the comprehensive network is completed and fully complies with the relevant provisions of this Chapter by 31 December 2050. In the context of the review according to Article 57, the Commission shall assess the state of progress of the comprehensive network and where necessary may reconsider this deadline, taking account of any developments that may affect its achievement, as well as the catch up process of new Member States.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) implementing and deploying intelligent transport systems, including measures which enable traffic management, multimodal scheduling and information services, multimodal tracking and tracing, capacity planning and online reservation and integrated ticketing services;

(a) implementing and deploying intelligent transport systems, including measures which enable traffic management, multimodal scheduling and information services, multimodal tracking and tracing, capacity planning and consumer friendly online reservation and integrated ticketing services;

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) ensuring that specific problems of some Member States, such as sparsely populated areas without alternative local roads, are taken into account and managed in appropriate and efficient way;

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point e b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(eb) guaranteeing to citizens that the planning process of the TEN-T will respect their concerns.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) promoting the efficient and sustainable use of infrastructure and, where necessary, increase its capacity;

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h) ensuring fuel security by allowing the use of alternative and in particular low or zero carbon energy sources and propulsion systems;

(h) ensuring fuel security by supporting and promoting the use of alternative and in particular low or zero carbon energy sources and propulsion systems;

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Operators of freight terminals shall ensure that any freight terminal is open to all operators.

1. Operators of freight terminals shall ensure that any freight terminal is open to all operators.

Operators of logistic platforms shall offer at least one terminal open to all operators.

Operators of logistic platforms shall offer at least one terminal open to all operators.

Operators of freight terminals and logistic platform shall provide this access in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent charges.

Operators of freight terminals and logistic platform shall provide this access in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent, relevant and fair charges.

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) compliance with infrastructural standards and enhanced interoperability.

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The high quality roads referred to in point (a) of paragraph 1 are those which play an important role in long-distance freight and passenger traffic, integrate the main urban and economic centres, interconnect with other transport modes and link landlocked and peripheral NUTS 2 regions to central regions of the Union.

2. The high quality roads referred to in point (a) of paragraph 1 are those which play an important role in long-distance freight and passenger traffic, integrate the main urban and economic centres, interconnect with other transport modes and link mountain, remote, landlocked and peripheral NUTS 2 regions to central regions of the Union.

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – point -a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-aa) improvement and promotion of road safety;

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) promotion of road safety.

deleted

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Projects of common interest for motorways of the sea in the trans-European transport network may also include activities that have wider benefits and are not linked to specific ports, such as activities for improving environmental performance, making available facilities for ice-breaking, activities ensuring year-round navigability, dredging operations, alternative fuelling facilities, as well as the optimisation of processes, procedures and the human element, ICT platforms and information systems, including traffic management and electronic reporting systems.

3. Projects of common interest for motorways of the sea in the trans-European transport network may also include activities that have wider benefits and are not linked to specific ports, such as activities for improving the environmental performance of carriers and infrastructures, making available facilities for ice-breaking, activities ensuring year-round navigability, dredging operations, alternative fuelling facilities, as well as the optimisation of processes, procedures and the human element, ICT platforms and information systems, including traffic management and electronic reporting systems.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting motorways of the sea including short sea shipping;

(a) promoting motorways of the sea including short sea shipping, facilitating the development of hinterland connections and developing, in particular, measures to improve the environmental performance of maritime transport in accordance with the applicable requirements under Union law or relevant international agreements;

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States and airport operators shall ensure that any airport offers at least one terminal open to all operators in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent charges.

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States and airport operators shall ensure that any airport offers at least one terminal open to all operators in a non-discriminatory way and apply transparent, relevant and fair charges.

Amendment    46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) improve multimodal interconnections at airports, in particular with high-speed railways and urban underground railways;

Amendment    47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – point c b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) plans based on sustainability and climate-enhancing measures.

Amendment    48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) ensuring that multimodal interconnections meet the requirements of full accessibility for all users.

Amendment    49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) enable the decarbonisation of transport through transition to innovative transport technologies;

(a) support and promote the decarbonisation of transport through transition to innovative and sustainable transport technologies;

Amendment    50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enable the decarbonisation of all transport modes by stimulating energy efficiency as well as the introduction of alternative propulsion systems and the provision of corresponding infrastructure. Such infrastructure may include grids and other facilities necessary for the energy supply, take account of the infrastructure – vehicle interface and encompass intelligent transport systems;

(b) support the decarbonisation of all transport modes by stimulating energy efficiency as well as the introduction of alternative propulsion systems and the provision of corresponding infrastructure. Such infrastructure may include grids and other facilities necessary for the energy supply, take account of the infrastructure – vehicle interface and encompass intelligent transport systems;

Amendment    51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 - point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) promote measures, such as a Common European Passenger Transport Platform in order to improve the coordination of services for the passengers directly connected to the infrastructure, through providing better information, standardized ticketing, and common system for complaints;

Amendment    52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) promote efficient ways to provide accessible and comprehensible information to all citizens regarding interconnections, interoperability and multimodality;

Amendment    53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and other project promoters shall give due consideration to ensure that transport infrastructure provides for a high degree of safety and security for passenger and freight movements.

Member States and other project promoters shall take measures to ensure that transport infrastructure provides for the highest possible degree of safety and security for passenger and freight movements.

Amendment    54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Where appropriate, due consideration should also be given to the resilience of infrastructure to natural or man-made disasters in compliance with any requirement which may be set out in relevant Union legislation.

The utmost consideration should also be given to the resilience of infrastructure to natural or man-made disasters in compliance with any requirement which may be set out in the relevant Union law.

Amendment    55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States and other project promoters shall carry out environmental assessment of plans and projects in particular as provided in Council Directives 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment and 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, 2001/42/EC of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment, and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds in order to avoid or, when not possible, mitigate or compensate for negative impacts on the environment, such as landscape fragmentation, soil sealing, air and water pollution as well as noise, and to effectively protect biodiversity.

Member States and other project promoters shall carry out environmental assessment of plans and projects in particular as provided in Council Directives 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment and 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, 2001/42/EC of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment, and 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds in order to avoid or, when not possible, mitigate or compensate for negative impacts on the environment, such as landscape fragmentation, soil sealing, air and water pollution as well as noise, and to effectively protect biodiversity. Member States and other project promoters shall also assess whether infrastructure projects are consistent with EU objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Amendment    56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Transport infrastructure shall allow seamless mobility and accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and disabled passengers.

Transport infrastructure shall allow seamless mobility and accessibility for all users, in particular elderly people, persons of reduced mobility and disabled passengers.

 

The design and construction of transport infrastructure shall be based on users' needs and shall enable passengers to exercise in full their rights under Union law.

 

To that end, Member States and other project promoters shall carry out ex ante assessments of the accessibility of infrastructure and the services connected to it.

Amendment    57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The core network shall consist of those parts of the comprehensive network which are of the highest strategic importance for achieving the objectives of the trans-European transport network policy. The core network shall in particular contribute to coping with increasing mobility and to the development of a low-carbon transport system.

1. The core network shall consist of those parts of the comprehensive network which are of the highest strategic importance for achieving the objectives of the trans-European transport network policy. The core network shall in particular contribute to coping with increasing mobility, while ensuring that transport is fully accessible to elderly passengers and those with disabilities and limited mobility, as well as to the development of a low-carbon transport system.

Amendment    58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 – point b – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– availability of alternative clean fuels;

– availability of alternative clean fuels at competitive prices;

Amendment    59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 – point c – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– the development of rest areas approximately every 50 kilometres on motorways in order inter alia to provide sufficient parking space for commercial road users with an appropriate level of safety and security;

– the development of rest areas approximately every 50 kilometres on motorways in order inter alia to provide sufficient parking space for commercial road users with an sufficient level of safety and security;

Amendment    60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 – point c – indent 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– availability of alternative clean fuels;

– availability of alternative clean fuels at competitive prices;

Amendment    61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Without prejudice to Article 47(2) and (3), the Member States shall ensure the core network is completed and complies with the provisions of this Chapter by 31 December 2030 at the latest.

3. Without prejudice to Article 47(2) and (3), the Member States shall ensure the core network is completed and complies with the provisions of this Chapter by 31 December 2030. In the context of the review according to Article 57, the Commission shall assess the state of progress of the core network and where necessary may reconsider this deadline, taking account of any developments that may affect its achievement, as well as the catch up process of new Member States.

Amendment    62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Maritime ports indicated in Part 2 of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2030 at the latest, except in duly justified cases.

2. Maritime ports indicated in Part 2 of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2030, except in duly justified cases.

Amendment    63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The main airports indicated in Part 1b of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2050 at the latest. Taking into account potential traffic demand, such airports shall be integrated into the high speed rail network wherever possible.

3. The main airports indicated in Part 1b of Annex II shall be connected with the railway and road transport infrastructure of the trans-European transport network by 31 December 2050. Taking into account potential traffic demand, such airports shall be integrated into the high speed rail network wherever possible.

Amendment    64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Wherever appropriate, railway freight corridors set up in Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 as well as the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) corridors should be a part of the core network corridors.

Justification

The amendment gives a guarantee to include all corridors to the core network, in order not to create obstacles in identifying train, road or pan-European corridors. Currently it might not be clear.

Amendment    65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 5 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) promote the establishment of forms of dialogue with the people and territories concerned in order to highlight and resolve in advance any problems that might be connected to the design of the infrastructure, encouraging solutions that are environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable.

Amendment    66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

6a. The European Parliament shall annually assess the stage reached in the development of the core network corridors and the action taken by the Coordinators and shall, at the same time, call on them to take measures and initiatives.

Amendment    67

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7. Without prejudice to the applicable procedures laid down in Union and national law, the Commission may request the opinion of the European Coordinator when examining applications for Union funding for core network corridors for which the European Coordinator is responsible.

7. Without prejudice to the applicable procedures laid down in Union and national law, the Commission shall request the opinion of the European Coordinator when examining applications for Union funding for core network corridors for which the European Coordinator is responsible.

Amendment    68

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States concerned, in cooperation with the corridor platform, shall jointly draw up and notify to the Commission a corridor development plan within six months after entry into force of this Regulation. This plan shall include in particular:

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States concerned, toghether with the European Coordinator and in cooperation with the corridor platform, shall jointly draw up and notify to the Commission a corridor development plan within six months after entry into force of this Regulation. The European Coordinator shall assist the Member States in implementing the working plan and in ensuring the timely implementation of the corridor. This plan shall include in particular:

Amendment    69

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the objectives for the core network corridor in particular in terms of performance expressed as the quality of the service, its capacity and its compliance with the requirements set out in Chapter II;

(b) the objectives for the core network corridor in particular in terms of performance expressed as the quality, accessibility and safety of the service, its capacity and its compliance with the requirements set out in Chapter II;

PROCEDURE

Title

Development of the Trans-European Transport Network

References

COM(2011)0650 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

15.11.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

15.11.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Sergio Gaetano Cofferati

24.1.2012

Discussed in committee

20.6.2012

6.9.2012

10.10.2012

 

Date adopted

11.10.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

32

0

2

Members present for the final vote

Pablo Arias Echeverría, Adam Bielan, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, Birgit Collin-Langen, Lara Comi, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, António Fernando Correia de Campos, Vicente Miguel Garcés Ramón, Louis Grech, Mikael Gustafsson, Małgorzata Handzlik, Malcolm Harbour, Iliana Ivanova, Edvard Kožušník, Hans-Peter Mayer, Gesine Meissner, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Phil Prendergast, Zuzana Roithová, Heide Rühle, Christel Schaldemose, Andreas Schwab, Catherine Stihler, Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Gino Trematerra, Barbara Weiler

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Regina Bastos, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, María Irigoyen Pérez, Olle Schmidt, Olga Sehnalová, Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Kerstin Westphal


OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development (29.10.2012)

for the Committee on Transport and Tourism

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

(COM(2011)0650/3 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD))

Rapporteur: Oldřich Vlasák

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The TEN-T network still has many needs that must be addressed and fulfilled. The proposal for a regulation therefore represents a good basis for the future financing of the TEN-T network in the EU.

The amendments focus mainly on ensuring that Member States enjoy sufficient flexibility. For instance, the list of pre-defined projects should not be considered definitive or unchangeable if it is to reflect traffic flows in the EU in a flexible manner. Given the time-consuming nature of preparing projects, a list formulated in such a way does not reflect all of the traffic corridors that will be required in the long term in order to support economic growth in Europe. It should therefore be possible to put forward further proposals and to allow them to compete with each other.

With a view to ensuring that resources are used efficiently, it is also vital that Member States enjoy a certain degree of flexibility and that they are able – by way of exemptions – to take the territorial disparities that exist in the EU into account. The rigid imposition of uniform conditions concerning maximum length of vehicle combinations, permitted speeds or traffic density on corridors throughout the EU, without regard for territorial specificities, is not necessarily the most effective solution(1).

Lastly, local and regional bodies cannot be responsible for projects that go beyond their competencies. Local and regional bodies do not propose projects at Member State level, nor do they negotiate them with the Commission, and they are only able to influence them to a limited extent. In view of this, the rules and obligations set out in the regulation cannot be binding upon them.

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

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) Growth in traffic has resulted in increased congestion on international transport corridors. In order to ensure the international mobility of goods and passengers, the capacity of the trans-European transport network and the use of this capacity should be optimised and, if necessary, expanded by removing infrastructure bottlenecks and bridging missing infrastructure links within and between Member States.

(4) Growth in traffic has resulted in increased congestion on international transport corridors. This situation is encountered in particular in new Member States because of underdeveloped infrastructure. In order to ensure the international mobility of goods and passengers, the capacity of the trans-European transport network and the use of this capacity should be optimised and, if necessary, expanded by removing infrastructure bottlenecks and bridging missing infrastructure links within and between Member States.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) The comprehensive network should be a European-wide transport network ensuring the accessibility of all regions in the Union, including the remote and outermost regions, as also pursued by the Integrated Maritime Policy, and strengthening cohesion between them. The guidelines should set the requirements for the infrastructure of the comprehensive network, in order to achieve a high-quality network throughout the Union by 2050.

(10) The comprehensive network should be a European-wide transport network ensuring the accessibility of all regions in the Union, including the remote and outermost regions, as also pursued by the Integrated Maritime Policy, and strengthening cohesion between them, taking account of interregional transport infrastructure disparities. The guidelines should set the requirements for the infrastructure of the comprehensive network, in order to achieve a high-quality network throughout the Union by 2050.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) The outermost regions still need urgently to optimise their accessibility, especially as regards air links to the European mainland and the carriage of passengers and goods by sea, since this is the only way for them to integrate more fully into the internal market.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) In order to make sure that the Union’s island regions are fully accessible and enjoy the benefits of inclusive growth and territorial cohesion, additional criteria such as surface area and population should be laid down for the purpose of identifying the core network, in order to include at least one port or airport for each island.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) Projects of common interest should demonstrate a clear European added value. Cross-border projects typically have high European added value, but may have lower direct economic effects compared to purely national projects. Therefore, they are likely not to be implemented without Union intervention.

(14) Projects of common interest should demonstrate European added value. Cross-border projects are an example of projects with high European added value, and cross-border transport links could have direct economic effects on the regions.

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) As the development and implementation of the trans-European transport network is not solely carried out by Member States, all promoters of projects of common interest such as local and regional authorities, infrastructure managers or other private or public entities should be subject to the rights and obligations of this Regulation, as well other relevant Union and national rules and procedures, when carrying out such projects.

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Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20) Intelligent transport systems are necessary to provide the basis for optimising of traffic and transport operations and improving related services.

(20) Intelligent transport systems are necessary to provide the basis for optimising of traffic and transport operations and improving related services, as well as helping to improve traffic safety and the safety of transport operations.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22) The trans-European transport network, thanks to its large scale, should provide the basis for the large-scale deployment of new technologies and innovation, which, for example, can help enhance the overall efficiency of the European transport sector and curb its carbon footprint. This will contribute towards the Europe 2020 strategy and the Transport White Paper's target of a 60% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (based on 1990 levels) and at the same time contribute to the objective of increasing fuel security for the Union.

(22) The trans-European transport network, thanks to its large scale, should provide the basis for the large-scale deployment of new technologies and innovation, which, for example, can help enhance the overall efficiency of the European transport sector, increase transport safety and security and curb its carbon footprint. This will contribute towards the Europe 2020 strategy and the Transport White Paper's target of a 60% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (based on 1990 levels) and at the same time contribute to the objective of increasing fuel security for the Union.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) In order to achieve a high-quality and efficient transport infrastructure across all modes the guidelines should contain provisions regarding the security and safety of passengers and freight movements, the impact of climate change and of potential natural and man-made disasters on infrastructure and accessibility for all transport users.

(24) In order to achieve a high-quality and efficient transport infrastructure across all modes the guidelines should contain provisions regarding the security and safety of passengers and freight movements, the economic, social and environmental impact on regions in which the respective infrastructure projects are located, and the impact of climate change and of potential natural and man-made disasters on infrastructure and accessibility for all transport users.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) In order to achieve a high-quality and efficient transport infrastructure across all modes the guidelines should contain provisions regarding the security and safety of passengers and freight movements, the impact of climate change and of potential natural and man-made disasters on infrastructure and accessibility for all transport users.

(24) In order to achieve a high-quality and efficient transport infrastructure across all modes the guidelines should contain provisions regarding the security and safety of passengers and freight movements, the impact of climate change and of potential natural and man-made disasters on infrastructure through the establishment of alternative safe routes and their interconnection at regional level and greater accessibility for all transport users.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25) The core network should be a subset of the comprehensive network overlaying it. It should represent the strategically most important nodes and links of the trans-European transport network, according to traffic needs. It should be multi-modal, i.e. include all transport modes and their connections as well as relevant traffic and information management systems.

(25) The core network should be a subset of the comprehensive network overlaying it. It should represent the strategically most important nodes and links of the trans-European transport network, according to traffic needs and the economic and social needs of the regions and countries in which they are located. It should be multi-modal, i.e. include all transport modes and their connections as well as relevant traffic and information management systems.

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27) Core network corridors should also address wider transport policy objectives and facilitate modal integration and multi-modal operations. This should allow specially developed corridors that are optimised in terms of energy use and emissions, thus minimising environmental impacts, and are also attractive for their reliability, limited congestion and low operating and administrative costs. An initial list of corridors should be included in the Regulation (EU) XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility], but should be adaptable in order to take account of changes in traffic flows.

(27) Core network corridors should also address wider transport policy objectives and facilitate modal integration and multi-modal operations. An initial list of corridors should be included in the Regulation (EU) XXX/2012 [Connecting Europe Facility] as an indicative list and should be adaptable in order to take account of changes in traffic flows.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 28

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(28) Designing the right governance structure and identifying the sources of financing for complex cross-border projects would be eased by creating corridor platforms for such core network corridors. European Coordinators should facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network corridors.

(28) Designing the right governance structure and identifying the sources of financing for complex cross-border projects, through public investment and by attracting private capital, would be eased by creating corridor platforms for such core network corridors. European Coordinators should facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network corridors.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) provide appropriate accessibility of all regions of the Union, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive growth.

(d) provide appropriate accessibility of all regions of the Union, thereby promoting social, economic and territorial cohesion and supporting inclusive growth, including by reducing interregional transport infrastructure disparities.

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point j

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(j) a transport infrastructure that reflects the specific situations in different parts of the Union and provides for a balanced coverage of European regions, including outermost regions and other peripheral ones;

(j) a transport infrastructure that reflects the specific situations in different parts of the Union and provides for a balanced coverage and connection of all European regions, including regions of the new Member States, mountainous, outermost, outlying and island regions;

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) improvement and maintenance of existing transport infrastructure;

(c) improvement and maintenance of existing transport infrastructure or rebuilding of transport infrastructure which has deteriorated;

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Union, Member States, infrastructure managers and other project promoters, when developing the comprehensive network, shall give particular consideration to measures that are necessary for:

The Union, Member States, regions and local authorities located on the TENs, infrastructure managers and other project promoters, when developing the comprehensive network, shall give particular consideration to measures that are necessary for:

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) bridging missing links and removing bottlenecks, notably in cross-border sections;

(b) bridging missing links and removing bottlenecks, notably in cross-border sections and in urban areas;

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, port operators and infrastructure managers shall ensure that inland ports are connected with the road or rail infrastructure of the comprehensive network.

1. Within the sphere of their responsibility, Member States, port operators and infrastructure managers shall ensure that inland ports shall be connected with the road or rail infrastructure of the comprehensive network.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – point b - introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) An express road is a road reserved for motor traffic accessible from interchanges or controlled junctions only and which:

(b) An express road is a road designed for motor traffic accessible primarily from interchanges or controlled junctions and which:

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) A conventional strategic road is a road which is not a motorway or an express road but which is still a high quality road as referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2. Conventional strategic roads shall be managed and financed in line with the specificities of an individual Member State.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) support for the development of regional airports, with a view to increasing interconnections, decongesting passenger air traffic, and diversifying flight destinations.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – point c b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cb) ensuring that all aspects – economic, social and environmental – are taken into consideration when a prioritisation is decided between freight and passenger transport on the TEN-T.

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 – point b – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– availability of alternative clean fuels;

– availability of alternative clean fuels.

 

Certain component parts of inland navigation and core network infrastructure shall not need to meet all of the requirements laid down in this article in cases where the relevant inland waterway is listed in the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN).

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The infrastructure of the core network shall meet all the requirements set out in Chapter II without exception. In addition, the following requirements shall also be met by the infrastructure of the core network:

2. The infrastructure of the core network shall meet all the requirements set out in Chapter II. In addition, the following requirements shall also be met by the infrastructure of the core network:

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. At the request of a Member State, as regards railway transport infrastructure, exemptions may be in duly justified cases granted by the Commission, in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 55 (2) where fulfilment of certain standards would not be feasible due to economic reasons or in case of isolated networks. This can cover the train length, ERTMS, axle load, electrification, line speed etc.

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Core network corridors are an instrument to facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network. Core network corridors shall be based on modal integration, interoperability, as well as on a coordinated development and management of infrastructure, in order to lead to resource-efficient multimodal transport.

1. Without prejudice to national competences of Member States as regards planning of their infrastructure, core network corridors are an instrument to facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network. In order to lead to resource-efficient multimodal transport, core network corridors shall be focused on:

 

- intermodality,

 

- interoperability, as well as on

 

- coordinated development of infrastructure in cross-border areas.

 

The infrastructure of the core network corridors shall be developed in such a way as to make bottleneck-free national and cross-border use possible and bring about sustainable environmental improvements.

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. Setting up an initial list of these corridors shall not be understood as an automatic pre-requisite for support from the ERDF, Cohesion Fund or from the Connecting Europe Facility.

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) report to the Member States, to the Commission and, as appropriate, to all other entities directly involved in the development of the core network corridor on any difficulties encountered and contribute to finding appropriate solutions;

(b) report to the Member States, to the European Parliament, to the Commission and to all other entities directly involved in the development of the core network corridor on any difficulties encountered and contribute to finding appropriate solutions;

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States concerned shall establish a corridor platform responsible for defining the general objectives of the core network corridor and for preparing and supervising the measures referred to in Article 53(1).

1. For each core network corridor, the Member States, regions and local authorities located on the TENs concerned shall jointly establish a corridor platform responsible for defining the general objectives of the core network corridor and for preparing and supervising the measures referred to in Article 53(1).

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The corridor platform shall be composed of the representatives of the Member States concerned and, as appropriate, other public and private entities. In any case, the relevant infrastructure managers as defined in Directive 2001/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure shall participate in the corridor platform.

2. The corridor platform shall be composed of the representatives of the Member States, regions and local authorities concerned and, as appropriate, other public and private entities, as well as third countries in case of trans-border projects. In any case, the relevant infrastructure managers as defined in Directive 2001/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2001 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure shall participate in the corridor platform.

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. In order to support the implementation of the core network corridors, the Commission may adopt implementing decisions for core network corridors. These decisions may:

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(a) include the investment planning, the related costs and implementation timeline, estimated as necessary to implement the core network corridors in line with the objectives of this Regulation;

 

(b) define all measures aimed at reducing external costs, in particular greenhouse gas emissions and noise, and aimed at promoting the introduction of new technologies in traffic and capacity management;

 

(c) provide for other measures which are necessary for the implementation of the corridor development plan and for the efficient use of the core network corridor infrastructure.

 

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 55(2).

 

PROCEDURE

Title

Development of the Trans-European Transport Network

References

COM(2011)0650 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

15.11.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

15.11.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Oldřich Vlasák

23.11.2011

Date adopted

10.10.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

27

2

5

Members present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Luís Paulo Alves, Charalampos Angourakis, Jean-Jacob Bicep, Victor Boştinaru, John Bufton, Alain Cadec, Salvatore Caronna, Nikos Chrysogelos, Francesco De Angelis, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, Vincenzo Iovine, María Irigoyen Pérez, Seán Kelly, Mojca Kleva, Constanze Angela Krehl, Petru Constantin Luhan, Vladimír Maňka, Iosif Matula, Erminia Mazzoni, Miroslav Mikolášik, Ana Miranda, Jan Olbrycht, Markus Pieper, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Ewald Stadler, Nuno Teixeira, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Oldřich Vlasák, Kerstin Westphal, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Karin Kadenbach, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska

(1)

For instance, while it may generally be assumed that a freight train set of 750 m in length would be the most efficient configuration, this may not be the best option in mountainous or rugged areas. In such places, specifying the length of a train set in such a way could result in excessively high construction costs for stations and transfer terminals.


PROCEDURE

Title

Development of the Trans-European Transport Network

References

COM(2011)0650 – C7-0375/2011 – 2011/0294(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

19.10.2011

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

15.11.2011

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

15.11.2011

ITRE

15.11.2011

IMCO

15.11.2011

REGI

15.11.2011

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

ITRE

22.11.2011

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Ismail Ertug

15.12.2011

Georgios Koumoutsakos

15.12.2011

 

 

Discussed in committee

27.2.2012

8.5.2012

6.9.2012

5.11.2012

 

3.12.2012

 

 

 

Date adopted

18.12.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

30

5

5

Members present for the final vote

Inés Ayala Sender, Georges Bach, Erik Bánki, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Philip Bradbourn, Antonio Cancian, Michael Cramer, Philippe De Backer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Christine De Veyrac, Saïd El Khadraoui, Ismail Ertug, Carlo Fidanza, Jacqueline Foster, Mathieu Grosch, Jim Higgins, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Georgios Koumoutsakos, Bogusław Liberadzki, Eva Lichtenberger, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Gesine Meissner, Hubert Pirker, Petri Sarvamaa, David-Maria Sassoli, Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Olga Sehnalová, Brian Simpson, Keith Taylor, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Giommaria Uggias, Peter van Dalen, Patricia van der Kammen, Artur Zasada, Roberts Zīle

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Spyros Danellis, Markus Ferber, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Dominique Riquet, Sabine Wils

Date tabled

18.1.2013

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