On 1 October, the Commission will put forward a new list of trans-European transport network (TEN-T) priority projects and a major revision of the TEN-T Guidelines.
On 1 October, the Commission is expected to propose a fundamental revision of the TEN-T Guidelines to take account of enlargement and expected changes in traffic flows. This proposal should improve the guidelines for financing the Trans-European Transport Network, which date back to the end of the 1980s and the creation of the Single Market. Following the Van Miert Report, the new method for selecting priority projects should be based on three main criteria: promotion of mobility between Member States, impact on territorial cohesion and contribution to the development of a sustainable transport system.
The Commission’s proposal, which will include a list of priority project, should concentrate on a primary network made up of the most important infrastructure for international traffic and cohesion on the European continent, introduce the concept of ‘sea motorways’ and include sections of pan-European corridors situated on the territory of candidate countries, including those which will still not be members of the Union at that time.
The Commission is expected to approve all or almost all of the list of projects identified as priority projects in the Van Miert report. Intense Lobbying has been ongoing to include some omitted projects in the Commission’s list.