Trans-European transport network: Council agrees its position on streamlined procedures
The Council yesterday agreed on its position on a proposal to facilitate the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) by speeding up permit-granting procedures. The proposal also aims to clarify the procedures which project promoters need to follow as regards permit granting and public procurement.
The TEN-T network has two layers: a comprehensive network, which ensures connectivity of all EU regions, and a core network, which consists of those elements of the comprehensive network which are of the highest strategic importance for the EU. The core network is to be completed by 2030 and the comprehensive network by 2050.
The Council position (‘general approach’) has changed the legal nature of the proposal from a regulation to a directive in order to guarantee the necessary flexibility for member states to take advantage of their permit-granting procedures currently in place.
The draft directive will cover projects that are part of pre-identified cross-border links and missing links of the TEN-T core network. Projects exclusively related to telematics and other new technologies will be excluded from the scope, as their deployment is not limited to the TEN-T core network. However, member states will be free to apply the directive also to other projects on the TEN-T network to enable a broader harmonised approach for transport infrastructure projects.
To make the procedures more efficient and transparent, member states will designate an authority to act as the main point of contact for the project promoter to receive guidance on the submission of documents and other information.
A maximum time limit of four years will be set for the entire permit-granting process. This period can be extended in duly justified cases.
Member states will have two years from the directive’s entry into force to incorporate its provisions into national law.
The Commission presented the proposal in May 2018 under the third ‘Europe on the move’ package, which is designed to make European mobility safer, cleaner, more efficient and more accessible. The final text will need to be approved by both the Council and the European Parliament.
- Draft regulation on streamlining measures for advancing the realisation of the trans-European transport network – Council general approach
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