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TEN Current Call

Source: Antonioguillem

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) supports the implementation of TEN / CEF on behalf of the European Commission. It finalises the grant agreements with beneficiaries and evaluates reports as well as interim and final audits. Its main task is to ensure that the technical and financial administration of the programmes is conducted efficiently.

An application can only be submitted in response to an appropriate call by INEA. The call describes exactly what kind of projects are to be funded. Calls are published separately for the multiannual programme (usually large-scale projects) and the annual programme.

Before an application is submitted, the planning status and financing of the project should be clear. The application process is subject to tight deadlines. It is thus advisable that applicants familiarise themselves with the tendering details at an early stage.

Public or private sector corporations may only submit an application if the Member State on whose territory the project is to be carried out has agreed to it. This means that the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) must review and approve applications beforehand so that they can be admitted to the application process. To this end, the BMVI determines its own deadlines. Please find all deadlines and important aspects regarding ongoing calls below:

Ongoing CEF call

The following information is to give interested parties and potential applicants an overview of how the BMVI provides information about ongoing calls. In this way, they can acquaint themselves with the administrative procedures at an early stage.

2019 Call

On 5 December 2018, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) published another call for transport grant applications. The indicative budget is 100 million euros. The 2019 Call was opened on 8 January 2019. Applications may be submitted until 17:00 hrs (Brussels time) on 24 April 2019.

INEA has, together with the European Commission, staged an information day on 17 January 2019 to explain the priorities and contents. This information day has also provided information on the submission of applications and background information to applicants.

The tables below show the budget per objective and priority:

PriorityObjectiveINVESTMENT in € millions
Projects on the Comprehensive Network1. Removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, enhancing rail interoperability, and, in particular, improving cross-border sections65
Rail Freight Noise2. Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport systems in the long run, with a view to preparing for expected future transport flows, as well as enabling all modes of transport to be decarbonised through transition to innovative low-carbon and energy-efficient transport technologies, while optimising safety35

More detailed information for applicants from Germany will published here shortly.

General information regarding grant applications

INEA will not accept applications for funding unless they have been confirmed by the Member State. Applications without Member State confirmation do not comply with the required form and will thus not be taken into account for the evaluation and award procedure.

To ensure that every application that concerns Germany (German applicant, project implementation in Germany or German party/parties involved in the project) can be reviewed and confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Part A of the application form and, if necessary, the cost-benefit analysis must be made accessible to the Ministry no later than 19 March 2019 via the European Commission's electronic TENtec portal.

This is absolutely necessary, because INEA will only accept applications that have been reviewed and confirmed by the Member State concerned. The review and confirmation of the applications cannot be concluded until the Member State is in possession of them. Applications without Member State confirmation do not comply with the required form and will thus not be taken into account for the evaluation and award procedure.

The following persons are to be entered into the TENtec tool as "contributors":

Frank Zwielichfrank.zwielich@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2631
Karen Vargas Gamezkaren.vargas@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2633
Silvia Ehrekesilvia.ehreke@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2634
Lina Harmslina.harms@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2635
Stefanie Reinckestefanie.reincke@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2637
Antje Belowantje.below@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2638
Theresa Gengtheresa.geng@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2636

If you have any questions, please contact the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure by telephone or send an email to