Proposal for a Regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

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Series Details COM (2018) 438
Publication Date 06/06/2018
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Legislative proposal - published by the European Commission in June 2018 - establishing the legal basis for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the period 2021-2027. It also repeals Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014.

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The Connecting Europe Facility supports investment in transport, energy and digital infrastructure through the development of the Trans-European networks (TENs). These facilitate cross-border connections and foster greater cohesion across the European Union (EU). In the period 2021-2027, it is proposed that it also promotes cross-border cooperation on renewable energy generation.

The proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 6 June 2018, in the framework of the discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. The Council of the European Union adopted a partial general approach regarding the draft law on 3 December, while the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on 12 December. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on this proposal was reached on 8 March 2019.

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Commentary and Analysis
EurActiv, 05/11/2018: Four priorities for a future-oriented Connecting Europe Facility
EPRS: Briefing, November 2018: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EPRS: Briefing, January 2019: Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027: Financing key EU infrastructure networks

EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)312: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)313: Executive summary of the impact assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Connecting Europe facility 2021–2027
EP: Legislative Train: Proposal for a regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027
European Commission: Press Release, 06.06.18: Commission proposes increased funding to invest in connecting Europeans with high-performance infrastructure
European Parliament: Press Release, 22/11/2018: MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 03/12/2018: Supporting transport, digital and energy sectors – Council agrees its position on Connecting Europe Facility
European Commission: Press Release, 08/03/2019: EU Budget: Commission welcomes provisional agreement for funding high-performance infrastructure to better connect Europeans

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