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Project: Connectivity and Accessibility of Transport Infrastructure in Central and Eastern European EU Member States

Client: European Parliament, Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN), Brussels
Duration: 01/2016 - 03/2016
Partner: M-Five

Since the pre-accession phases, the Member States located in Central and Eastern Europe have been receiving EU funding to be invested in transport infrastructure. These investments have improved connectivity and accessibility in the New Member States substantially. Our study showed, however, that gaps remain. We analysed how current policy instruments could contribute to close such gaps, and how this policy could be improved.

The resulting note provides an overview of connectivity and accessibility of transport infrastructure in the Central and Eastern European EU Member States (CEMS) – ‘from north to south’: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. It also highlights the major related issues and assesses the scope for improvements, including those related to the TEN-T policy and funding principles. All CEMS are supported by TEN-T funds (CEF) and structural funds (ERDF and CF) with a view to improving their transport systems and connecting them better with the other Member States. Five of the new TEN-T ‘core network corridors’ (CNC) pass through them. Our brief study can be downloaded at the European Parliament.

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