The common transport policy was created already by the Treaty of Rome of 1957 with the goal of creating a common market and the reinforcement of economic and links between the Member States. It has been gradually developed to include an infrastructural component aiming at connecting the MS, their citizens and economies via modern and interoperable connections. Nowadays, the single EU market with four freedoms of movement for goods, persons and services can only prosper if it is linked by up-to-date and efficient infrastructure. Consequently the Trans-European Networks (TEN) policy comprises three main elements – transport links (TEN-T), energy connections (TEN-E) and networks for telecommunications.
Experience with the implementation of the TEN-T projects shows that their effective implementation might be impacted by complex regulatory and administrative arrangements. This, in certain cases, might contribute to increased costs, delays and uncertainty.
The complexity of procedures sometimes stems from unclear or contradictory requirements or processes which result in duplication of efforts. In addition, imprecise legislation or regulatory framework can lead to sub-optimal investment decisions (e.g. in-house investments versus public private partnership), while legal uncertainty can deter private investment in projects.
This consultation aims at gathering the input of the general public and stakeholders as regards the main problems and proposed solutions for facilitating the implementation of the TEN-T projects.
This consultation will last for 14 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 9 November 2017 at the very latest.