New rules to speed up TEN-T completion formed

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New rules to make administrative procedures for infrastructure simpler will speed up the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). A provisional agreement has been reached by the European Parliament and Council on Tuesday to formalise such rules. 

Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: “The completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) is essential for the functioning of the single market, the digitalisation of transport and the transition to a cleaner mobility. The new rules will make administrative procedures for infrastructure more efficient and transparent and benefit the transport sector in its recovery.”

What it means

The new measures will simplify the rules and procedures for authorities and project promoters. They will ease the granting of permits, public procurement and other administrative procedures for infrastructure projects, and they will improve the cooperation between Member States on cross-border projects, also to achieve other EU objectives such as environmental protection.

The European Commission highly welcomes the decision. It presented its original proposal in May 2018 as part of Mobility Package III. The provisional agreement must now be approved by the Parliament and the Council before it enters into force.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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