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New CEF call 2016, CEF Info day 2016, New “blending call”, Review of the MFF, EFSI 2, CEF Synergy call 2016, Horizon 2020 “Port of the future”.

New CEF Call 2016
On 13 October, the Commission will publish the new Connecting Facility Call 2016 (deadline: 7 February 2017). The call will follow the same priorities of the last CEF call. The general envelope will be dedicated only to horizontal priorities: Motorways of the Seas – 40 million euros; Deployment of innovation – 80 million euros; Urban nodes – 40 million euros, etc.

As regards the Cohesion envelope, all priorities will be covered: projects on the core corridors – 400 million euros; projects on other sections of the core network – 100 million euro; Motorways of the Sea – 20 million euro; deployment of innovation – 60 million euro; Urban nodes – 20 million euros; Multimodal logistics platform – 20 million.

As regards MoS, On 28 September, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) organised a special workshop to focus on the preparation of the 2016 calls for proposals in the field of MoS and on the possibilities of financing MoS projects under EFSI. All presentations will be soon available on INEA's website.

Presentations from the MoS workshop

CEF Info day 2016
On 25 October 2016 in Brussels, the Commission will organise the 2016 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Info Day. The event will address the priorities of the 2016 CEF Transport Calls, expected to be announced by the beginning of October 2016. These are the information on the event:

Date & time: Tuesday 25 October 2016 - 9:30 to 17:30 (indicative)
Location: Charlemagne building (170 rue de la Loi), Brussels, Belgium

Review of the MFF and EFSI 2
On 14 September, on the occasion of the State of the Union, the President Jean-Claude Juncker presented two new legislative proposals:

  • Extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – so-called EFSI 2
  • Mid-term review/revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020

ESPO led the transport campaign that asked the European institutions to strengthen the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) heading in the EU budget in the context of the mid-term review of the MFF. We are quite happy about the Commission proposals that can be summarized as it follows:

  • 500 million euro will go from the CEF financial instruments (not grants) to the new EFSI 2. However, out of these 500 million euro, only 155 million come from the transport budget of the CEF financial instruments, the rest will come from the energy and telecommunications heading of CEF.
  • The direct grants of the CEF budget will be increased of 1.4 billion euro of which:
    • 1 billion euro for grants that will be blended with EFSI financial instruments
    • 400 million of "pure" grants

The proposed legislative proposals will now have to be agreed by the European Parliament and the Council. The Commission aims to reach an agreement before the end of 2016.

More information:
Extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – so-called EFSI 2 (sv)
Mid-term review/revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020
Transport campaign on the review of the MFF

Horizon 2020: The Port of the Future
On 20 September, the Commission published the first call of "The Port of the future" under Horizon 2020 for a total budget of 38.7 million euros. As suggested by ESPO, the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 included a section called "Port of the future" (MG-7.3-2017), meaning that a specific call is dedicated to ports.

The call will have a budget of 38.7 million euros for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) to be shared with the other two headlines of the infrastructure chapter: "Resilience to extreme events" and "Optimisation of transport infrastructure including terminals". As regards Coordination and Support Actions, the "Port of the Future" 2017 call will have a budget of 2 million euro.

The Commission considers that proposals should request a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 to 5 million each for Research and Innovation Actions, and up to EUR 1.2 million for Coordination and Support Actions, in order to reach the goals of the heading. The first stage deadline for RIA projects is 26 January 2017 whereas the second stage deadline is 19 October 2017. As regards CSA projects, the unique deadline is 1 February 2017.

On 28 September, the Commission organised a Horizon 2020 Transport Information Day in Brussels. The information day addressed potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 'Smart, green and integrated transport' calls for project proposals under the 2016-2017 Work programme. All presentations are on INEA's website

More information on the call
Presentations from the Horizon 2020 Transport Information Day

"Blending" call
Once the review of the MFF is approved, the Commission aims at launching a "blending call" that will finance projects through CEF grants only if blended with EFSI financial instruments. The details of the call (cooperation between the Commission and the EIB, coordination of the sources of funding) still need to be defined by the European Commission. The "blending call" is expected to be published in November/December and wil have a budget of 1 billion euro.

CEF Synergy call 2016
INEA is launching the first call for proposal to support synergy actions between the transport and energy sector, with a total budget of €40 million. This call will contribute to exploit the synergies between TEN-T and TENE in particular in such areas as smart energy grids, the joint use of facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG), electricity and gas storage facilities, mobility using alternative fuels (e.g. natural gas, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells), intelligent transport systems, ensuring a high-level of cybersecurity where appropriate, and savings in terms of the environmental effects of energy and transport, in particular contributing to fight climate change.

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