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Adaptation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)


The trans-European Transport network (TEN-T) is a EU policy based on Title XVI, Articles 170 – 172, of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. TEN-T allows the internal market to function, link European regions with each other and connect Europe with other parts of the world.

The main EU-wide instruments of the TEN-T policy are the Guidelines, which set out objectives and priorities, and the transport infrastructure fund to support projects. The first transport guidelines were adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 1996. A substantial policy review was launched in 2009 and led to a new legislative framework that came into force in 2014, establishing the framework for policy development in transport up to 2030/2050.

The current guidelines were approved under Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network and repealing Decision No 661/2010/EU . They call for ensuring that "climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as risk prevention and management, are promoted in the preparation, design and implementation of projects of common interest". The guidelines define a core transport network with priority corridors to be developed through work plans. These work plans should include "the possible impacts of climate change on the infrastructure and, where appropriate, proposed measures to enhance resilience to climate change".

Reference information

European Commission official page on TEN-T

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jul 18 2016   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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