The European Commission has selected 12 out of 18 projects submitted by Romania as part of a 2015 call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), worth about 530 million euros in all, according to Romania’s Transport Ministry.
In the period immediately ahead, the European Union member states and the European Commission will approve the results of evaluations and issue funding orders.
The Transport Ministry says in a press statement that the projects selected regard railway and naval infrastructure, as well as land and air transport systems.
“On June 17, 2016, the European Commission made public the results of its selection of projects from the EU member states submitted as part of a 2015 call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Twelve of Romania’s projects from state-owned and privately-owned companies for all four modes of transportation out of a total 18 were selected. The projects cover railroad and naval infrastructure in the first place, then land and air transport infrastructure,” the ministry says.
CEF is a funding mechanism established from non-repayable European funds for 2014-2020, especially designed for transport sector, along with the telecommunications and energy sectors. Under it, 24.05 billion euros will be made available from the EU’s 2014-2020 budget to co-fund TEN-T projects in the EU Member States. Of this amount, 11.305 billion euros will be available for projects in Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund.
Romania is earmarked 1.23 billion euros of the 11.305 billion euros.
“The money is reserved for Romania if the money is used for projects under calls for proposals by December 31, 2016. Part of the 2014 CEF call for proposals, Romania has already used 711.8 million euros, while the projects selected at the second call will use up some 530 million euros more, which means the entire allocation for Romania will be used up. In the period immediately ahead, the member states and the European Commission will approve the results of the evaluation and issue finding orders,” the ministry says.