Finance of Transport Services

EU Funding possibilities

Available funding from DG TREN programmes for transport services is €450 million from 2007 till 2013[1]. In 2007 the total EU contribution was nearly €50 million to all Marco Polo projects including all member-states while in 2006 was only €19 million. On average there will be approximately €65 million per year for the next 6 years. DG TREN has progressively pursued different types of partnerships with the private sector as a means of gaining access to additional resources, as well as to capitalise on the private sector’s efficiency and ability to innovate.

This section intends to present recent trends in DG TREN programmes for supporting transport services in terms of available funding. “Marco Polo” scheme is a major financial support for the maritime sector. “Motorways of the Sea” and “Traffic avoidance” have been covered by the Marco Polo scheme under the management of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI). Also national governments support the transport sector via local schemes. These combined financial tools demonstrate the EU commitment to sustain its transport services competitive.