Transport and mobility
Priority 4: Cooperating on transport to better connect CENTRAL EUROPE
Under this priority, answers are provided to the core-periphery dichotomy in the CENTRAL EUROPE area. The programme will do so by reducing the gap between peripheral and less accessible regions and the area’s well-connected centres. It will improve connections of regions and cities to the European transport networks and strengthen multi-modal environmentally friendly passenger and freight transport. The financial allocation to this priority is around EUR 30 million ERDF. Projects to be funded will have to tackle one of the two specific objectives formulated under this priority:
Specific objective 4.1: To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Transnational cooperation will reduce existing disparities of know-how as well as increase the planning and implementation capacity in the field of integrated passenger transport systems where better regional and transnational coordination between stakeholders is considered a key factor. Transnational cooperation can strengthen connections to TEN-T corridors and to primary, secondary and tertiary transport nodes of the TEN-T network, in particular for peripheral regions. A specific focus will be put on public transport at regional level as the sustainability of those connections is considered to be an underlying principle. Strategies, tools and pilot applications will contribute to setting up improved connections to the TEN-T network and transport nodes. Furthermore, within the transnational context the development of coordinated concepts for smart regional mobility and services is foreseen, fostering improved service standards and interoperability. Particular attention will be put on mobility services in the public interest.
Specific objective 4.2 To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally-friendly freight solutions
Transnational cooperation will improve coordination among existing services, provided by different modes of transport, creating intermodal systems of existing transport facilities, overcoming discontinuity across borders and the lack of infrastructure. Coordinated strategies, concepts and management tools will contribute to improving the multimodality of environmentally-friendly freight transport (e.g. rail, river or sea transport). Multi-modal platforms will be promoted and developed as a potential for consolidating and optimising freight flows. This will enhance the efficiency, reliability and quality of greener freight transport modes and services. Such a coordinated approach will pave the way for designing future infrastructure in a sustainable manner and a more effective transportation of goods to and across central European regions.