CEF Transport Newsletter

Dear reader, In the present newsletter, we will highlight some new CEF related issues, as follows:​​​​​​​ Results of the latest CEF calls, The coming CEF call, New Horizon 2020 call within transport, A new CEF call in 2020, 2019 ASR exercise and Negotiations on CEF II

Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport systems in the long run, with a view to preparing for expected future transport flows, as well as enabling all modes of transport to be decarbonised through transition to innovative low-carbon and energy-efficient transport technologies, while optimising safety

Results of the latest CEF calls

In April 2018 two CEF calls were closed:

  1. One call within Air Traffic Management, SESAR, where Naviair and Copenhagen Airport applied for funding for some highly specialised air navigation systems. They applied together with a number of similar organisations at European level, all managed by the so-called SESAR Deployment Manager. All together they applied for CEF financial support in the range of 282 million EUR.
  2. The second cut-off date for the so-called blending call, where one application was submitted, called “H2 Bus Europe.” An application coordinated by a Danish applicant, applying for funding for deployment of hydrogen busses to be deployed in several European cities. The project asked for CEF financial support in the magnitude of 39 million EUR.

In September 2019, DG Move recommended both projects for CEF funding, which was subsequently confirmed by the CEF committee.

Overall, both applications received the funding for which they applied.

Moreover, in April 2018, a Grant Agreement was signed for upgrading the Danish railway access line to the Fehmarn Belt tunnel. This application was submitted in the summer of 2017 for the first cut-off date of the blending call.

2019 CEF Transport call for proposals
The 2019 CEF Transport Call for Proposals was published on 5December 2018 and will be open for applications on 8 January 2019. The call is within the scope of an annual work programme, which means that certain restrictions apply. 

The call makes €100 million of funding available for projects of common interest in the transport sector:

 Projects on the Comprehensive Network Removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, enhancing rail interoperability, and, in particular, improving cross-border sections €65 million
 Reduction of rail freight noise  Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport systems in the long run, with a view to preparing for expected future transport flows, as well as enabling all modes of transport to be decarbonised through transition to innovative low-carbon and energy-efficient transport technologies, while optimising safety €35 million

The call focuses in particular on cross-border sections as well as connections to and the development of maritime ports on the Trans-European Transport Comprehensive Network. In this call, single ports can also apply, i.e. without necessarily cooperating with other ports, vessel owners, etc.

Projects on reducing rail freight noise and on cross-border railway projects can also apply for funding under this call.

The relatively limited CEF budget for the call will require well-justified and mature projects, and maybe focus should be on studies rather than on works, whereby the maturity of a project could be developed.

For more information, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-transport/apply-funding/2019-cef-transport-call-proposals

Please note, that on 17 January 2019 INEA will be organising an Info day on the content, priorities and main aspects of this call. In addition, it will be an opportunity for potential applicants to get tips on how to prepare a proposal and to ask questions. Please bear in mind, that registration is required. A link to registration will be available later in December.

The deadline for applications to INEA is 24. April 2019 at 17:00 Brussels time.

All applications with Danish involvement must be validated by the Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing before the application is submitted to the Commission.

The complete application together with key annexes must be forwarded to the Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing and the Traffic, Construction and Housing Agency by Tuesday 19 March 2018 to Christian Kauffeldt Løber at ckl@trm.dk and Henrik Tornblad at heto@tbst.dk, respectively. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed. Later during December, the web-page of the Ministry will be updated with more detailed instructions and information on deadlines for the call, please see www.trm.dk

New Horizon 2020 call within transport
The European Commission has announced a new Horizon 2020 call within transport, focusing on three priorities: Mobility for Growth; Automated Road Transport, and; Green Vehicles, with a total budget 0f 162 million EUR. Horizon 2020 is the EU science and development branch. The procedure and mechanism for applying for funding here are different from the CEF transport application procedures.

For more information on this call, please see https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/news-events/newsroom/162-million-euros-available-horizon-2020-transport-projects.

For further assistance, you can also contact the Danish EU support network via http://eusupport.dk/da.

A new and major CEF call in 2020?
Rumours have it that the European Commission is planning to see if it will be possible at the beginning of 2020 to launch a final CEF call within the current budget period, with a broad multiannual focus. Such a new call is only possible as a result of the midterm review process undertaken during the past months, where INEA has assessed a number of the major CEF funded projects, to see if they will all accomplish the activities and thereby exhaust the budget. In many cases, the number of activities and the related budgets have been revised and cut down, whereby savings have been rendered, which can be used in a subsequent call.

2019 ASR exercise
The 2019 ASR exercise, covering the activities and milestones implemented during 2018 and the overall status of the Action, should be reported to INEA at latest on 31 March 2019 in a so-called Action Status Report, ASR.

INEA is expected to launch the 2019 ASR exercise at the beginning or mid-January 2019. The coordinators/beneficiaries that are to prepare and submit an ASR will be informed directly by INEA. The intention is that we will follow up with direct mail to the same persons, with more detailed instruction on how to elaborate the ASR and have this validated by the member state. 

To allow for a thorough review of the many ASR's to be submitted next year, you should be prepared to deliver a complete draft ASR on 20 February 2019 at the latest.

INEA has informed us unofficially that some changes in the ASR format can be expected. Still, you may start the process of gathering relevant data on the progress by using the format for the 2018 ASR, to be found at INEA's webpage.

As mentioned above, INEA is likely preparing for a CEF call in 2020. As the entire CEF budget has been committed during previous calls, a new call will have to be financed through savings on on-going actions. INEA calls this approach "Use it or lose it". In practical terms, this means that the 2019 ASR's will be assessed by INEA to ascertain that the allocated funds can be used on time and within the scope of the Grant Agreement.

Negotiations on CEF II (2021 – 2027)
Monday 3 December 2018, the Council of the European Union adopted its position (partial general approach) on a proposal to ensure that Connecting Europe Facility (CEF-II) can continue to fund key projects in the areas of transport, digital and energy under the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) covering the period 2021 to 2027.

The draft regulation lays down the objectives of the program, the forms of EU funding and the rules for providing the funding.

In the field of transport, the CEF-II will promote safe mobility and encourage smart infrastructure. In the area of trans-European Transport networks (TEN-T), priority will be given to cross-border links and missing links. There is also a portion of the funds dedicated to the development of civilian-military dual-use transport infrastructure to improve military mobility within the Union.

The partial general approach is the Council's mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament.

Best wishes for next year
As you may have noted, Thomas Rousing-Schmidt has been replaced by Christian Løber, who started on 1 August at the Ministry. Christian is now “CEF fluent”. He can be reached at ckl@trm.dk.

Finally, we wish you, your colleagues and your families all the best for the upcoming holiday season. And, Happy CEF New Year!

Kind regards,

Christian Løber and Henrik Tornblad

Henrik Tornblad
Sidst opdateret: 07.12.2018