CER Position - Revision of TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013

CER Position - Revision of TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Transport infrastructure policy at EU level is essential for the coordination of important transport projects, the overall development of cross-border and regional infrastructure as well as cohesion and social inclusion. It is an important enabler for the European economic growth and provides opportunities for employment.

CER welcomes the revision of Regulation 1315/2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T Regulation). In view of the European Green Deal’s ambitious climate targets, the TEN-T policy is needed to ensure modal shift thus achieving a 90% reduction in transport emissions by 2050. TEN-T will be a catalyst for the development of seamless and efficient international railway passenger services. TEN-T policy should support modal shift from air and road connections to a European high-speed and conventional railway network. The Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy also sets ambitious targets in terms of the high-speed network: doubling high-speed rail traffic by 2030 and tripling it by 2050. Rail freight faces also ambitious targets: rail freight is expected to increase by 50% by 2030 and double by 2050. The concerted effort and cooperation of Member States, European Commission and relevant stakeholders is required to achieve these targets and to complete the TEN-T Core and Comprehensive Networks by 2030 and 2050.

With this updated Position Paper, CER wishes to present its position on the revision of the TEN-T Regulation.