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The Joint Visegrad Group Statement on the Upcoming Revision of the TEN-T Network



As regards the ongoing process of the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Network policy revision,

  • CONFIRMING that the development of transport infrastructure plays a key role in the improvement of cohesion and competitiveness of Europe, and it also contributes to the proper functioning of the European Single Market,

 

  • TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION that the TEN-T regulation adopted in 2013 have set up a strong policy framework that aims at the achievement of a fully functional, interoperable and multimodal European transport network,

 

  • RECOGNIZING the importance of an integrated, sustainable and efficient transport infrastructure in the Visegrad Group (V4) states,

 

  • CONSIDERING the need for further measures to be taken to coordinate the future development of the TEN-T Network, both North-South and East-West connections,


The Ministers Responsible for Transport of the Visegrad Group States:


WELCOME the European Commission’s decision to advance the process of the TEN-T policy revision that has been launched in April 2019;


AGREE that an ongoing revision of the TEN-T policy is an opportunity for an update of the TEN-T network as certain adjustments are needed to support the creation of integrated, sustainable and efficient transport infrastructure within and between the Members States including the V4 states;


EXPRESS the expectations that the renewed TEN-T policy will take into consideration progress in its implementation, the mutual bilateral agreements, and adjust it where necessary to changes in national development strategies;


CALL for adequate and enhanced financing for the whole TEN-T network in the next Multiannual Financial Framework aiming to set up an infrastructure development plan for all Member States and


REITERATE that the implementation of the infrastructure investments can significantly support the post-COVID recovery of the European Union economy;


REMIND that implementation of TEN-T core network by 2030 is a significant challenge from both financial and construction capacity point of view;


AGREE that Intelligent Transport Systems, innovation and new technologies related to alternative fuels represent an important part of the TEN-T network and


UNDERLINE that it should enhance the efficient use of infrastructure and is the key to genuine network integration


DECLARE to maintain the support for the strengthening of strategic relations of the V4 states and regions through the implementation of the key connections in Central and Eastern Europe;

RECOGNIZE that the relevant cross-border railway lines should be included in the TEN-T network, in order to increase the transport capability of V4 states


EMPHASIZE that the future TEN-T policy should be planned in a way that results in the elimination of the missing links and provides balanced access to the TEN-T network and


UNDERLINE that the renewed TEN-T policy should contribute to boosting economic growth, enhancing Europe's competitiveness and balanced development of the European regions.


In order to draw the attention of the European Commission to the transnational characteristic of the transport projects as well as to highlight that they constitute elements of a coherent and integrated transport system, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia hereby present the joint Visegrad Group proposals on the TEN-T revision, which are:

  • The entire “Via Carpatia” international road corridor included in the TEN-T core network,
  • Development of high speed railway lines within the Region of the V4 States,
  • The Polish Central Transport Hub “Solidarity”,
  • The improvement of Danube, Oder and Elbe (including river Vah) inland navigability.

Agreed on December 3, 2020, at the VTC of the transport ministers of Visegrad Group:

Czech Republic: Jan Sechter, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport
Hungary: Péter Tóth, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Innovation and Technology
Poland: Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure
Slovakia: Andrej Doležal, Minister of Transport and Construction

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