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Parliamentary questions
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12 February 2019
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006220/2018

1. The Commission is of the opinion that a new cost-benefit analysis is not currently necessary as regards this project. The project has been selected on the basis of a successful evaluation process. The Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is one of the compulsory documents to be included in applications forms for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) infrastructure projects. The decision on the grant awarded had been based, among other factors on successful CBA submitted by France and Italy in 2015. This was positively evaluated by the external and internal experts in the process of project's evaluation and voted successfully in the CEF Committee.

2. The Commission has been informed of the review. The Commission has not been requested to be involved in the review.

3. The Commission is co-funding through the CEF project 2014-EU-TM-0401-M ‘Cross Border Section of the New Lyon-Turin Rail Link Mont Cenis Base Tunnel’ related to the base tunnel and its two interconnections with the historic line. The project has been allocated co-funding of EUR 813 million, which are paid in several instalments based on the progress of the project. Like the other CEF projects, it is carefully followed up by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), the Executive Agency in charge of implementing CEF.

The European Coordinator of the Mediterranean Corridor and the Commission participate as observers at the meetings of the Board of Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin SAS (TELT) in charge of the implementation of the project. They regularly insist on the fact that the project is considered as essential in terms of EU transport policy and should be implemented as quickly as possible, as it is part of TEN-T core network which shall be completed by 2030.

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