Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 10 February 2009
Marco Polo: third call for proposals to fight road congestion and improve performance of freight transport
The European Commission has today published the third call for proposals for the creation and update of freight transport services under the second Marco Polo programme. Successful projects should fight congestion on European roads and improve the environmental performance of the freight transport system, two main objectives of the EU transport policy. Companies across the European Union and beyond are invited to submit proposals.
The general aim of the Marco Polo programme is to help companies introduce services that shift freight off the road and on to short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways. This support is available during the high-risk start-up phase of the projects.
The top-ranked projects in the competitive evaluation process will be offered grant contracts of up to six years. However, only projects capable of demonstrating sustainable non-road freight transport services – i.e. projects that can survive on the market even after they cease receiving EU financial support – have a chance for a grant.
The call is open to applications for five types of actions:
The budget for the 2009 call has been increased to €62 million compared to €60 in 2008. In parallel, the funding intensity has been raised from €1 to €2 per 500 tonne-kilometres shifted off the roads.
The full call text including information on how to apply for a grant is
available on the Marco Polo website: