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Brussels, 15 October 2013

Launch of the EU's new infrastructure policy - TEN-T Days in Tallinn, Estonia

Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, will publish next Thursday in Tallinn, Estonia, new maps showing the 9 major infrastructure corridors which will underpin the EU's Single Market, and revolutionise East-West Connections. The EU is investing €26 billion for co-funding transport projects to build cross-border missing links, remove bottlenecks and make the network smarter.

The launch will be the centrepiece of the "TEN-T Days in Tallinn (16-18 October), during which more than 1,000 people – including more than 18 Transport Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, CEOs and stakeholders from all the transport sectors - will converge on Tallinn for expert discussions on implementing the new transport policy framework.

Vice-President Kallas said: "Transport is fundamental to an efficient EU economy, but vital connections are currently missing. We need to connect East with West and transform the current transport patchwork into a real network. Without good connections Europe will not grow or prosper."

The new policy sets the focus on a core transport network for Europe. Its aim is to concentrate spending on a smaller number of projects where real EU added value can be realised.

Nine corridors will provide the basis for the co-ordinated development of infrastructure within the core network. Covering at least 3 modes, 3 Member States and 2 cross-border sections, these corridors will bring together the Member States concerned, as well as the relevant stakeholders.

For more information:

From 16 to 18 October 2013, the annual event for transport and infrastructure experts around Europe, the "TEN-T days" is being held in Tallinn, Estonia, - for details see: www.tentdays2013.eu

Follow Vice-President Kallas on Twitter

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)


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