Saturday 30 January 2010

EU aid for trans-European networks (TENs)

The European Union contributes to the establishment and development of trans-European networks (TENs) in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructures.

The EU can contribute by granting aid to projects of common interest. The EU aims at promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national networks as well as access to such networks.

A new codified Regulation 67/2010 on TEN aid has now been officially published, but because it was adopted before the Lisbon Treaty entered into force it refers to Community financial aid and to the EC Treaty:

REGULATION (EC) No 67/2010 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 November 2009 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks (codified version); published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 30.1.2010 L 27/20.

Lisbon Treaty – TFEU

Now that the Lisbon Treaty has entered into force, the provisions on trans-European networks are found in Title XVI of Part Three of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Articles 170 to 172 TFEU (OJEU 9.5.2008 C 115/124-125).

Ralf Grahn

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