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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS)



General objectives

The general objective is to deploy ERTMS on the trans-European transport core network, including track-side and on-board components.

Particular consideration should be given to the equipment of the Core Network Corridors and their connections.

All actions supported by CEF shall contribute to the objectives of bridging missing links, removing bottlenecks, enhancing rail interoperability, and, in particular, improving crossborder sections. They shall be compliant with Commission Decision 2012/88/EU1 or subsequent versions, and with Directive 2008/57/EC and Directive 2004/49/EC, or subsequent versions (4th railway package).

In the following:

  • ETCS Baseline 2 (B2) means the set of specifications #1
  • ETCS Baseline 3 (B3) means the set of specifications #2 in table A2 of the Annex A to Commission Decision 2012/88/EU.

Specific objectives

The focus is on projects on the Core Network Corridors (CNC) and on principal lines of the Rail Freight Corridors (RFC, as per regulation 913/2010):

  • ERTMS deployment of track-side components (compliant with Baseline 2 or 3, with the priority given to Baseline 3), including relevant preparatory actions, with particular emphasis on cross border sections;
  • ERTMS deployment of on-board components (compliant with Baseline 3 as a priority ; Baseline 2 could be considered eligible), including relevant preparatory actions and/or prototyping.

On-board and track-side ERTMS deployment cannot be submitted together in one application.

Meer informatie over deze oproep in dit document.


200 miljoen euro


Eligible applicants

Pursuant to Article 9 of the CEF Regulation, only those proposals submitted by one of the following types of applicants are eligible:

  • One or more Member States;
  • With the agreement of the Member States concerned, international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.

Proposals may be submitted by entities which do not have legal personality under the applicable national law, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf and offer guarantee for the protection of the Union's financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

Proposals submitted by natural persons are not eligible.

Third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions contributing to projects of common interest where necessary in order to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest. They may not receive financial assistance except where it is indispensable to the achievement of the objectives of a given project of common interest.

In such cases and pursuant to Article 8(1) of the TEN-T Guidelines, applications may be presented by neighbouring countries or entities established in neighbouring countries, with the agreement of a Member State.

Any applicant that cannot provide the agreement of the Member State concerned shall not be eligible.

Proposals submitted to this call for proposals under the priority "Motorways of the Sea" must include applicants from (and be supported by) a minimum of two different Member States.

For multi-applicant proposals a coordinator must be designated.

Applicants may designate affiliated entities within the meaning of Article 122(2)(b) of the Financial Regulation, for the purpose of supporting the implementation of the action submitted for 4 Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network and repealing Decision No 661/2010/EU, OJ L 348 of 20.12.2013, p.1. - 7 - funding. Such affiliated entities shall comply with the eligibility criteria for applicants as specified in Section 7.1 of the multi-annual work programme. 

Meer informatie over de begunstigden in dit document.

Info & contact

Op maandag 30 november 2015 vindt over de CEF-oproepen een Europese infodag plaats, georganiseerd door de Europese Commissie in samenwerking met het Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). Inschrijven kan via deze link.

Op woensdag 2 december 2015 vindt over de CEF-oproepen een Vlaamse infodag plaats, georganiseerd door het Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken en vleva. Inschrijven kan via deze link.


Nationaal contactpunt Connecting Europe Facility – onderdeel vervoer

Olivier Vandersnickt

Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken (MOW)


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