On 3 July, MEPs agreed to accept without amendments the Council’s common position on the Marco Polo Programme which promotes transport intermodality. The thresholds for funding projects to reduce pressure on the European road networks are reduced in order to allow funding for smaller innovative projects.
In order to enable the Marco Polo Programme to launch its calls for tender as soon as possible, the Parliament agreed to accept the Council’s Common position without amendments in second reading.
The Parliament proposed a reduction in the minimum subsidy thresholds for each of the three categories of actions which halves the amounts proposed by the Commission. To provide funding to smaller innovative projects, for example those proposed by a consortium of SMEs. The following actions will be funded:
- modal transfer measures (start-up aid for new non-road freight services): the minimum subsidy threshold is 500,000 euro instead of the Commission’s 1 million;
- catalyst measures (launching new services offsetting market shortcomings): the minimum subsidy threshold is 1.5 million euro instead of the Commission’s 3 million;
- common learning actions: (aid for cooperation and know-how transfers): the minimum subsidy threshold is 250,000 euro instead of the Commission’s 500,000.