FEPORT backs call for increased facilitation budget
The Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) has called for prioritisation of investment favouring hinterland connections and multimodal projects with “a real and evaluated market need” — including ports — in a position paper.
In the paper, FEPORT said it “fully” supported the call of the Ljubljana Declaration, unveiled by over 40 stakeholders from the transport and related industries, that requests an increased EU budget for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) finance tool under the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) — the seven-year framework regulating the EU’s annual budget.
This bigger budget, according to the Declaration, is for the purposes of facilitating the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), a planned set of water, rail, road and air transport networks in the EU.
The Ljubljana Declaration was handed over to European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger at the end of April.
FEPORT’s paper was released prior to the presentation on May 2 of the MFF for the 2020–2026 period. Under the proposed framework released that day, €30.6bn will be made available under the CEF.
“Efforts to build the physical TEN-T network have been significant and need to be supported further to allow effective connectivity at the appropriate nodes, whether through ports, inland ports, dry ports, logistics platforms or rail terminals,” the FEPORT document said.
According to FEPORT, in order for the core Ten-T network to be finished by 2030, over €750bn will be needed.
Member States’ financial resources cannot alone fund cross-border projects, a significant hinterland links-enhancement, technical needs’ harmonisation and bottleneck removal, it noted.
“It is … essential for the EU not to outsource to the rest of its trading partners its responsibility to finance its strategic transport infrastructure and key assets,” the document said.
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