#EUBudget – Commission welcomes provisional agreement for funding high-performance infrastructure to better connect Europeans

| March 12, 2019

The European Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposal, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.

Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc said: “The new Connecting Europe Facility is at the heart of European transport. It will deliver on connectivity, accelerate the decarbonization and digitalization of the EU’s economy and create synergies between the transport, energy and digital infrastructure.

Above all it will allow the EU to complete its core transport network by 2030, which is the backbone of the single market, supporting the needs of logistic operators and passengers.”

Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said: “The agreement will enable us to build the infrastructure needed for the clean energy transition and help achieve our ambitious 2030 climate and energy targets.”

Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel added: “The new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital will target strategic infrastructure investments, including 5G corridors along major transport paths, linking users across Europe to high performance computing centres, and gigabit connectivity for 5G-ready communities.”

The new programme will enable the European Union to lead the way to climate neutrality in line with our A Clean Planet for All’ proposal and support infrastructure for safe, clean, secure and connected mobility, as proposed by the Commission in the Europe on the Move’ package.

It will also prioritize environmentally friendly modes such as rail and the development of charging points for vehicles using alternative fuels. By making energy systems better interconnected, smarter and safer, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will help complete the Energy Union and support the clean energy transition. This will enable Europe to remain frontrunner in the clean energy transition in line with the Juncker Commission’s political priority to become the world leader in renewable energy.

A full press release can be found here.


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