CEF-fund offers funding opportunities

The European Commission recently announced that they will distribute 11,9 billion Euro to the transport sector through various forms of funds and projects until 2020. One of these funds is the CEF-fund, which was presented at a seminar in Stockholm the 24th of September. Projects that are eligible should include several actors and ideally be a cross-border project. Deadline for the call is 26 February.

CEF stands for Connecting Europe Facility. The aim of the whole EU project is to improve infrastructure within the entire European Union with the ultimate goal of improving distribution of people and goods – infrastructure in the European Union should be an advantage when it comes to making business and not something that hinders export or import. The European Union have identified nine “corridors” that are perceived as important for the entire infrastructure, actors that are applying for funding should relate to one of these corridors in order to be successful.  Ports and the maritime sector are especially important to ensure the quality of European infrastructure.
- The maritime sector is responsible for that 74 % of all external trade is exported and that 40 % of internal trade, said Jose Laranjeira Anselmo from the EU commission.

The audience were given several advices from the speakers. Jose Laranjeira Anselmo stated that preparation is needed.
- My best advice is to start on your application as soon as possible, said Jose Laranjeira Anselmo.

Per-Olof Lingwall from the Swedish Transport Agency, which for Swedish applicants is responsible for the call, mentioned that applicants should read the call and all its related documents carefully, contact the Swedish Transport Agency for questions about the project applying for and contact the needed authorities for permissions that might be needed for the execution of the project.

An information meeting about the FSE-fund will be held in Brussels 9-10 October.