Connecting Europe Facility-Transport

graph_coverpage_highres.pngThe Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport  is a funding instrument that supports projects aimed at building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and​​ upgrading the existing one. It supports cr​oss-border projects and projects aimed at removing bottlenecks or bridging missing links in various sections of the Core and Comprehensive network. Other priorities such as traffic management systems, innovation in transport systems, reduction of environmental impact in transport, enhancing energy efficiency and increasing safety are also being supported. 
 
Further information on the Connecting Europe Facility- Transport may be found on the Innovative and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) website:
  

CEF Transport call for proposals
CEF Transport Blending Facility call

The CEF Transport Blending Facility is an innovative approach to promote the substantial participation of private sector investors and financial institutions in projects contributing to the environmental sustainability and efficiency of the transport sector in Europe. 

€198 million are made available in the form of grants to support Blending Operations. The rolling call for proposals supports two priorities with a total budget of €99 million for each priority:

Deployment of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)
Alternative Fuels for Transport 

The rolling call for proposals for the CEF Transport Blending Facility was published on 15 November, 2019 and an information day took place on 5 December, 2019 – the session was recorded and will remain available till two years after live streaming on: https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/news-events/events/2019-cef-transport-blending-facility-virtual-info-day 

Information text, application, and supporting documents about the call can be retrieved from the INEA website:
https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-transport/apply-funding/blending-facility 

The rolling call includes quarterly cut-off dates until March 2021, unless the budget would be exhausted. Being a rolling call, in practice each cut-off date has two deadlines: 

one for the Applicant (for the grant application forms) and 
another one for the Implementing Partner, a month later (for the application file). 

Next available cut-off dates are:

3rd cut-off date 
​​28/08/2020: Grant application forms deadline for the applicants
25/09/2020: Application files deadline for the Implementing Partners 

4th cut-off date 
13/11/2020: Grant application forms deadline for the applicants 
15/12/2020: Application files deadline for the Implementing Partners 

5th cut-off date 
15/02/2021: Grant application forms deadline for the applicants 
15/03/2021: Application files deadline for the Implementing Partners

Applications should obtain the Member State approval before final submission. The full and complete application form is to be submitted to the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital projects (MTIP) no later than 3 weeks before every cut off date. ​


Member State Approval

It is to be noted that all project submissions require EU Member State approval. In the case of Malta, the signatory is the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital projects.

The full and complete application form is to be submitted to the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (MTIP) no later than 3 weeks prior to the deadline of submission of the projects to INEA.

The MTIP may request further clarifications and/or request meetings with the project applicant. 

NB: The Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects may refuse to provide Member State approval if the application form is not fully provided and completed on time. 


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