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The main European organizations of the marine-harbour industry ask guarantees on deep the EU destined the nets TRY

32 billion euros of the program Connecting Europe Facility - they emphasize - constitute the vital minimal resources and must be absolutely guaranteed

The main European organizations of the marine-harbour industry have diffused a letter opened, that we publish below, with which exhort the nations of the European Union and the European Parliament to safeguard the deep ones for 32 billion euros that they have been destined to European infrastructures of transport in the within of budget 2014-2020 of the communitarian program Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The organizations of the field have expressed the worry that are not returned available bottoms sufficient in order to cover the necessities of destined investment and have remembered that 32 billion euros from the EU commission to Core Network of the trans-European nets TRY from program CEF cover only a small part of the necessary investments. Moreover they evidence that there are clear indications that the destined financings to the transport from the European Fund for Regional Development (FESR), for total 46,7 billion euros in period 2007-2013, remarkablly will be reduced and, in some regions, quite completely stralciati from the new regulations of the FESR. In this context - they have emphasized - 32 billion euros assigned to main infrastructures of the nets TRY in period 2014-2020 constitute the vital minimal resources and must be absolutely guaranteed.

We, European transport organisations, representing European maritime and inland port authorities, airport operators, inland waterway, maritime, rail, road, air transport companies, infrastructure managers, operators, port and logistic service providers, shippers, cyclists, chambers of commerce and transport workers, EUR urges EU Member States and the European Parliament to safeguard the 32 billion budget that has been allocated to EU transport infrastructure within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) in the 2014-2020 budget. Achieving to complete and integrated resource-efficient and sustainable transport Network, covering and interconnecting all modes, Member States and Regions must be seen as an essential investment to created growth and jobs in the European Union.

The transport industry directly employs around 10 million people in the EU and counts for about 5% of GDP. When related industries (manufacturing, servicing, maintenance, etc.) are included, these figures can be doubled. Besides, transport is one of the sectors to where European companies are world leaders in infrastructure, logistics, traffic management systems and manufacturing of transport equipment.

The 2011 EU Transport White Paper confirms the importance of transport and its contribution to Europe's economy. By 2050, the demand for freight transport activity is expected to raise by 80% and for passenger activity by 51%.

If the EU wants to transport infrastructure Network that can meet traffic demand and support economic activity, IT will need at least 250 billion EUR by 2020 according to European Commission estimates. This sum will remove bottlenecks and complete missing links in the Core Network. To further 250 billion EUR will be needed to improve the Comprehensive Network to provide accessibility to the Core Network.

The European transport industry is very concerned that not enough funds will be available to cover investment needs. The 32 billion EUR, earmarked by the European Commission to the Core Network in the Connecting Europe Facility only covers to small share of the investment needs.

Moreover, whilst the transport budget proposal looks ambitious at to first glance, IT actually compensates important cuts on the side of the regional funds. There are clear indications that transport funds from the European Régional Development Fund (ERDF), which represented 46,7 billion EUR for the 2007-2013 period, will be greatly reduced and, in loads regions, even completely removed by the new ERDF regulation. In this context, the 32 billion EUR (or around 3% of the total Multiannual Financial Framework) allocated to the Trans-European transport Core infrastructure in 2014-2020 is to vital minimum and must be guaranteed blackberries than ever.
Notwithstanding the budgetary constraints all governments face at the moment, we all know-how transport infrastructure investments pay off in the long run.

Therefore We ask European policy makers to fully recognise the added value of the development and completion of an efficient, sustainable and inclusive European transport infrastructure as one of the main driving forces for ensuring economic growth in the European Union and each of its Member States.
We urges the Council and Parliament to back this proposal with all necessary means. If not, the proposed review of the Trans-European Transport Network policy remains to sand castle, to the detriment of Europe's economy.

European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) - European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) - International Road Transport Union (IRU) - European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) - Inland Navigation Europe (INE) - European Barge Union (EBU) - Airports Council International (AAA road service) - European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistic and Custom Services (CLECAT) - Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) - European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM except Trafikverket) - European Skippers Organisation (ESO) - European Community Association of Shipbrokers and Agents (ECASBA) - European Tugowners Association (ETA) - European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) - European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) - European Cruise Council (ETC) - European Dredging Association (EuDA) - The Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) - European Boatmen's Association (EBA) - Eurochambres - MedCruise - Cruise Europe - Association of European Airlines (AEA) - European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) - European Shippers' Council (ESC) - European Maritime Pilots' Association (EMPA) - The Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECGs)

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