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Naples, 21 October 2009

TEN-T Days in Naples on 21-22 October 2009

What is TEN-T?

A well-running transport infrastructure is essential to maintaining the European Union's competitiveness and wealth. Its 27 Member States currently dispose of 5 million kilometres of paved roads, more than 215,000 kilometres of rail lines and 41,000 kilometres of navigable inland waterways.

To keep Europe moving, the European Union established the Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to allow people and goods to circulate quickly and easily between Member States as well as to ensure good international connections. It plays an essential role in helping to build missing links or removing bottlenecks in our transport structure by creating a single, multimodal network that efficiently integrates land, sea and air transport networks throughout the EU.

Who is responsible for TEN-T?

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN) defines the policy, while the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) turns it into action. The agency was created in 2006 to implement and manage the TEN-T programme on behalf of he European Commission until 31 December 2015.

For more information about TEN-T, visit

For more information about the Agency, please visit

What will be happening at the TEN-T Days in Naples?

The annual conference of the TEN-T programme – called TEN-T Days – will take place in Naples, Italy, on 21 and 22 October. This year's theme will be "The future of Trans-European Transport Networks: building bridges between Europe and its neighbours".

The main goals of the conference will be:

  • To take stock of the implementation of the 30 priority projects and provide a first outline of common priorities until 2020

  • To announce hundreds of millions worth of TEN-T funding for infrastructure projects across the EU

  • To look at ways to improve transport links with neighbouring regions, especially Africa

How has the implementation of TEN T projects been in 2008?

The 2009 progress report takes stock of progress so far in the implementation of the 30 priority projects. 39% of the necessary investments have been made. 161 Billion euros have been invested in priority projects, 4 of which are finished a nd 2 are being finalised. Other projects h ave also seen progress, in particu lar in the period 2007-2009. Indeed more that 14 billion euros were invested last year, notwithstanding the economic crisis. However, it is now foreseen that 35% of the investment necessary to complete the network will be carri ed out after 2013.

How will TEN-T be made to work even better?

The TEN-T programme is known for being very efficiently managed. In addition it has always been highly popular, which is demonstrated by it always being oversubscribed. To build on this success, the Commission launched a broad review process by publishing a Green Paper considering future political and economical challenges, such as the fight against climate change. Many local, regional and national authorities as well as companies and citizens took part in the consultation. The Naples conference will be used to reflect on the TEN-T policy framework for the future. Next year a communication will be published with guidelines for how to prepare the TEN-T programme for future challenges.

For more about the policy review, visit

How does TEN-T funding help to make a difference?

A key part of the TEN-T programme is the allocation of funding. This could either be for studies to help overcome early stage project difficulties or for the work stage. It is often the TEN-T funding that makes the difference whether a project will go ahead or not.

Traffic between Member States is set to double by 2020, so investment in a trans-European network is needed more than ever. About €500 billion will be required by 2020 to complete and modernise the network, of which €270 billion will go towards priority axis and projects.

What is the Commission already doing to improve transport links with neighbouring regions?

The Commission has realised that the transport sector is increasingly international and that therefore we need to ensure further integration with neighbouring countries to advance economic and environmental interests to our mutual benefit. The EU and its neighbours face many of the same challenges such as climate change and improving safety and security, so it would make sense to collaborate on them.

Non-EU countries are also able to benefits from initiatives such as the Motorways of the Sea and EGNOS, which is a free service to improve the accuracy of GPS signals.

The EU also has aviation agreements with many third countries such as Morocco and Jordan. On 2-3 April an EU-Africa Aviation Conference was held in Namibia to discuss ways of setting up a partnership with Africa on civil aviation. In June the Commission published a communication exploring how the two continents could work together on transport.

At the Naples conference there will be many representatives from neighbouring countries such as Russia, Senegal and Turkey, who are there to discuss how transport links could be improved together.

To read the EU-Africa communication, visit

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