The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure announced on Wednesday that five Croatian projects, worth a total of 23.3 million euros, had been approved from the second CEF Transport Call for 2019, of which 19.8m euros would be financed through the CEF Instrument.
As Novac writes on the 30th of July, 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility – CEF is intended to invest in the European Union’s infrastructure priorities in the fields of transport, energy and digital technology.
The Coordination Committee of the Connecting Europe Facility – CEF presented the results of the evaluation of the second CEF Transport Call for 2019 last week, under which EU grants are awarded. Five Croatian projects were given the green light – the improvement of railway infrastructure through the establishment of measuring stations for safety and technical controls, the preparation of project documentation for the new vertical shore in the port of Vukovar, the implementation of the SESAR programme 2019 – IOP basis project, safe outdoor freight parking for Žitnjak and the preparation of FAIRway 2 works on the Rhine-Danube corridor.
The grant agreements will be signed for the approved Croatian projects, bringing the total number of projects financed from the CEF Instrument in the transport sector to 46, worth 554 million euros and 446 million euros in EU grants, respectively, according to the competent Ministry.
The project of improving the railway infrastructure through the establishment of stations for safety and technical controls is worth 17.07 million euros, and with it, HŽ infrastructure will introduce a system for the automatic control of railway vehicles in traffic on sections located on the basis TEN-T network.
The project for the preparation of project documentation for the new vertical shore in the port of Vukovar is worth 1.68 million euros, and with it the Port of Vukovar plans to prepare project documentation for the construction of 300 metres of new vertical shoreline in the part where the infrastructure of the shoreline hasn’t yet been constructed.
The third approved project is the Implementation of the SESAR Programme 2019 – IOP core project, and it is a joint project of partners from seventeen countries under the coordination of the SESAR Deployment Manager. The project is worth 40 million euros. The Croatian Air Navigation Services and other COOPANS members aren’t participating in the allocated funds, but they are participating in the project due to the importance of access to data, according to the Ministry.
The project consists of the first steps for the implementation of Flight Object Interoperability in a number of EU centres, which is a prerequisite for further development and introduction of a system that will ensure interoperability and timely availability of data in airspace, aircraft features and trajectories.
Through the project Safe outdoor freight parking Žitnjak, worth 3.17 million euros, Zagreb Holding plans to build a safe and secure freight parking with all the accompanying facilities to ensure safety and rest, thus contributing to a higher level of road safety.
The fifth approved project, the preparation of FAIRway 2 works on the Rhine-Danube corridor, will be implemented by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure with partners from Austria and Serbia. Its total value is 3.29 million euros, and the Croatian part stands at 1.38 million euros. The contract envisages the preparation of studies as a basis for future works for the purpose of eliminating bottlenecks on the Danube border route, as part of a broader project of the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Danube waterway and its tributaries.
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