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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.

Call CEF Transport Blending Facility

The Blending Facility is a further innovative financial instrument. It is primarily designed to additionally promote financing from private sector investors. There are two priorities: the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and the provision of alternative fuels. A total of 198 million euros is available for both funding lines, but only for works.

Another special feature is that it is a rolling call. The first call was launched on 15 November 2019. A specific rolling call for the submission of applications will be published over the period to March 2021 with quarterly cut-off dates, unless the budget is exhausted earlier.

Another provision applicable to the CEF Blending Facility is that applications for funding will only be considered if the project to be funded has been previously included in the project pipeline of an implementing partner and has been notified to the European Commission. The implementing partners are the European Investment Bank (EIB) and certain national promotional banks.

During the process of submitting an application, these can be selected from a drop-down menu in the application editor. Only projects with a CEF grant of at least 1 million euros and a loan of at least 5 million euros are eligible.
Note: So far, no national promotional bank has been designated as an implementing partner for Germany, which means that German applicants have to directly contact the EIB.

The applicant has to submit the grant application form via the European Commission’s electronic TENtec portal, in each case before the applicable cut-off date.

For the application to be complete, the implementing partner must submit the application file with the project report, the grant application form and the project eligibility checklist to the European Commission, in each case before the applicable cut-off date (see the “Blending Facility Call” link below).

A recording of an information day staged by INEA on 5 December 2019 can be viewed by clicking here.

Applicants interested in receiving advice on funding options in the context of the Blending Facility can contact the European Investment Advisory HUB (EIAH) by email (eiah@eib.org).

Previous results for projects with German participation

Since the Blending Facility is a continuous call, new projects are selected for funding after every cut-off date. In the following, you will find a list of the German projects and projects with German participation selected so far:

Cut-Off DateProjects
1. cut-off date
14.02.2020
2019-FR-TM-0073-W
Total High Power Charging
2. cut-off date
15.05.2020
2019-DE-TM-0351-W
ERTMS Equipment of Stuttgart
Suburban Train Rolling Stock
3. cut-off date
28.08.2020
4. cut-off date
13.11.2020

General information regarding grant applications

The current cut-off dates for submitting applications to INEA under the Blending Facility can be accessed under the link “Call Blending Facility” below.

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 (i.e. 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 must be made accessible to the Ministry no later than one month prior to the respective cut-off date via the TENtec portal.

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
Jörg Stangljoerg.stangl@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2632
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
Theresa Gengtheresa.geng@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2636
Stefanie Reinckestefanie.reincke@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2637
Antje Belowantje.below@bmvi.bund.deTel.: +49 (0) 30 18 300 2638

If you have any questions, please contact the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure by telephone or send an email to ref-g32@bmvi.bund.de.