Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union
1. The Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) policy provides the framework for the development of transport infrastructure in Europe. It defines a ‘comprehensive’ network which promotes better accessibility for all regions and a ‘core’ network which includes transport routes, nodes and hubs of strategic importance for transport flows within the internal market and between the EU and its neighbours.
2. The policy is focused on modal integration, interoperability and the coordinated development of infrastructure, in particular to address cross-border missing links and remove bottlenecks on the network. The TEN-T Regulation (EU) 1315/2013 sets clear deadlines for the completion of the core network (by 2030) and the comprehensive (by 2050). It includes the concept of Core Network Corridors (CNCs) as an instrument to help coordinate the implementation of the core network. Member States are required to participate in CNCs in accordance with Article 44 of the TEN-T regulation.
3. The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 is the European Union’s infrastructure funding programme for the Trans-European Networks for transport (TEN-T), energy (TEN-E) and digital communications (eTEN). It also includes the definition of the TEN-T CNCs in Annex I. The United Kingdom is part of the North Sea – Mediterranean Core Network Corridor (the ‘NSM corridor’). The NSM corridor includes links between Belfast, Dublin and Cork on the island of Ireland and links in Great Britain from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool via Birmingham, Manchester and London to Felixstowe, Southampton and through the Channel Tunnel to mainland Europe.
4. The Commission's proposal would amend Annex 1 of the CEF Regulation changing the alignment of the NSM corridor to include additional maritime links from the Republic of Ireland to ports in Northern Europe. Specifically the Commission proposes inserting a new section: Dublin/Cork – Zeebrugge/Antwerp/Rotterdam.