21 September 2017

More EU Budget for Transport

A coalition of 30 European transport organisations, including CLECAT launched its campaign for a strong Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the next financial period 2021-2028. With this campaign, the European transport sector is not just asking for money, but is asking for the necessary means to make the TEN-T network, which is a smart transport infrastructure plan for Europe, a reality. There is not a single moment to lose if one wants to preserve and boost the competitiveness of the European economy.  

Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT said: ‘It is good to see that over 30 transport organisations, covering all modes and nodes, service providers, users and cargo owners are supporting this plea for a strong financial support for the completion of the TEN-T network. 750 billion euro is needed to complete the TEN-T core network. We all know that transport projects with a high societal return do not always generate the necessary return on investment. We also believe that CEF support is the best guarantee to deliver high EU added value and responsible grant management”.  ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost, presented the campaign on behalf of the Coalition at the Connecting Europe Conference which took place on 21 and 22 September in Tallinn.

The leaflet of the coalition can be downloaded here.