EFNS adopts position on EU's future Transport Policy

2018-03-21

Europaforum Northern Sweden (EFNS) adopts its position on EU's future Transport Policy, upon the pending negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union.

On February 22, 2018 the Europaforum Northern Sweden (EFNS) adopted its position paper on the EU's future transport policy with a focus on revision of the CEF-Regulation for the period 2021-2027 as well as reflections on development of the TEN-T system based on needs and preconditions in the EFNS areas. This is due to ongoing revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union that will be presented May 2, 2018.

Connecting Europe

- For us in northern Sweden and especially for the forum, it is important that we are part of the European Core Network. Therefore, it is important that today we adopt the position that shows that the railway system along the coast in northern Sweden is part of the solution to the traffic congestion in Europe, says Maria Stenberg, Region Norrbotten.

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Maria Stenberg, Region Norrbotten

EFNS Position in summary

Revision of the CEF-Regulation - Connecting Europe Facility

CEF-budget: Financial support from the EU is vital to develop the transport system and to connect the major natural resources in the north to continental Europe. EFNS emphasizes the importance of a continued focus on classic infrastructure in CEF2 and wishes to highlight the importance of a high level of ambition in the budget for CEF-Transport post 2020. EFNS welcomes the possibility to combine private funding with CEF-funding and other funding sources e.g. the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI.

The Core Network in CEF: EFNS recommends an extension of the Scandinavia-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor through northern Sweden to Narvik and the border passage at Haparanda- Tornio. The Corridor would then include the Bothnian Corridor in its entirety. EFNS emphasizes the importance that it is ensured in the negotiatoins that the Core Network sections in all transport modes in northern Sweden remain part of the Core Network in CEF2.

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Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten

- Our region has a transport system that needs to be developed in both north-south and east-west directions. The challenge today is to secure connection to and from this system. An extension north of Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor would bring advantages for European, national and regional development from several perspectives: a) Geopolitics b) A coherent union c) The Arctic d) Coordination of system planning, comments Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten.

Motorways of the Sea: EFNS is of the view that eligibility criteria entitling support from Motorways of the Sea should be revised in order to enable better connections between the Core Ntwork and Peripheral areas in northern Sweden.

Development of infrastructure for alternative fuels: EFNS stresses the importance of continued support for the development of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the region and underscores the importance of the alternative fuels focusing on being renewable in order not to create a new dependence on fossil fuels.

Reflections on the future development of TEN-T

EU transport policy through CEF and the transport systems defined in the TEN-T network are essential mechanisms and relevant factors both for development of EU transport systems and for national and regional development. The TEN-T methodology should be generally developed to include essential parts of our transport system that today do not meet the criteria in the TEN-T methodology. EFNS intends to deepen our view of what the TEN-T system should look like based on the existing needs and preconditions in the EFNS-area.

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Mona Mansour, North Sweden European Office

- During the informal Transport Council meeting in Tallinn in September 2017, the work was launched to develop TEN-T storytelling as part of development of TEN-T and its revision that will start in 2023. We will definitely elaborate on this work, which is expressed by EFNS in the position paper, says Mona Mansour, North Sweden European Office.

The European Regional Development Fund, ERDF

EFNS underscores the importance of EU structural funds which provide increased opportunities to gather available resources, creating partnerships and reducing lead times to carry out measures in the national transport system in reasonable time.

About Europaforum Northern Sweden

Europaforum Norra Sverige (EFNS) is a network for politicians at the local and regional levels from Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland Härjedalen and Västernorrland. EFNS is a meeting place and knowledge arena where EU policies are analyzed and discussed as regards how they affect northern Sweden. EFNS monitors European issues to influence EU legislation, the EU’s strategies and action programmes and the EU’s budget. The objective of EFNS is to safeguard the interests of northern Sweden both in the European arena and in relations to the national level in matters with a clear European perspective.

EFNS positionspapper on EU's future Transport Policy

Europaforum Northern Sweden’s position on the EU’s future transport policy with a focus on revision of the CEF Regulation as well as reflections on development of the TEN-T-system

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/Mona Mansour

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