Cross-Border Navigation with River Information Services (RIS)
Recognizing the importance of safe inland navigation, the CEF is investing €18 million in the multi-country project 22-EU-TG-RIS COMEX 2. This project aims to enhance cross-border navigation through the implementation of River Information Services (RIS) on five core network corridors. Several Member States, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, will benefit from this initiative.
CEF’s Focus on Sustainable and Smart Mobility
The CEF’s allocation of funds prioritizes sustainable and smart mobility infrastructure across various modes of transportation. Rail projects, such as the Brenner Base tunnel, Rail Baltica, and cross-border connections between Germany and neighboring countries, received funding. Furthermore, maritime ports in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland will be upgraded to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from moored vessels through on-shore power supply.
Enhancing Inland Waterway Transport Infrastructure
To ensure the future resilience of inland waterway transport, the CEF funding will be directed towards modernizing infrastructure along the Seine-Scheldt cross-border waterways between France and Belgium. Additionally, inland ports in the Danube and Rhine basins, including Vienna and Andernach, will receive upgrades to support efficient and safe navigation.
Improving Safety and Interoperability in Rail and Road Transport
In order to enhance safety and interoperability in rail transport, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will be deployed in several countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, and Slovakia. The road network will also see advancements through the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS), including Cooperative ITS (C-ITS), to promote safer and more efficient transport.
The 107 projects have been selected from a total of 353 submitted in response to the call for proposals, published in 2022.
EU funding will take the form of grants, which will be used to co-finance total project costs.