Significant Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds are available for Member States for the development of their rail infrastructure

On 5 December, 2013 the Transport Council adopted a regulation on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the future funding instrument for the trans- European networks (TEN) in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications.

The overall budget for CEF is €26.25 billion, including €11.305 billion ring-fenced for the Member States eligible to receive financial support from the Cohesion Fund. This is three times higher compared to the 2007-2013 period, but still a very minor share of the overall amount of money (€250 billion) needed to complete the TEN-T network.

The CEF gives priority to the development of infrastructure for the greener modes of transport, such as railways and inland waterways. 80% of the funds are to be spent on removing bottlenecks, enhancing rail interoperability, bridging missing links, and in particular improving cross-border sections.


For more information, please contact:
Arturs Alksnis
Public Affairs Manager
+32 2 642 23 20