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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Motorways of the Seas (MoS)



General objectives

Motorways of the Sea are considered the maritime pillar of the Trans-European Transport Network. They consist of short-sea routes, ports, associated maritime infrastructure and equipment, facilities as well as simplified administrative formalities enabling Short Sea Shipping or sea-river services between at least two maritime ports, including hinterland connections. They shall contribute towards the achievement of a European Maritime Transport Space without Barriers, connect Core Network Corridors by integrating the maritime leg and also facilitate maritime freight transport with neighbouring countries. In this context, they shall also promote sustainable shipping concepts which contribute to reducing negative impacts of heavy fuel oil powering in support of the implementation of the requirements of Annex VI of the IMO MARPOL Convention and of Directive 2012/33/EU as well as reduction of CO2 in maritime transport.

Actions addressed with this programme may concern studies, studies with pilot activities as well as a combination of studies and works.

Specific objectives:

To support the overall objectives of Motorways of the Sea, the following measures shall be promoted:

Infrastructure development in ports and upgrade of sea-based transport services integrated in logistics chain. In particular the expected actions may include:

- development of infrastructure for direct land and sea access, hinterland connections, development in port handling facilities, freight terminals, logistic platforms and freight villages which are associated to the port operations. Moreover, actions aiming at reducing bottlenecks in maritime transport and multimodal routes, providing safer, more secure and more environmentally-friendly maritime transport services will be promoted. This may include improvements in quality and capacity of ro-pax services.

- development of maritime ICT systems and services addressing logistics management systems in ports, safety and security for port handling operations as well as administrative and customs procedures. Single windows shall fully comply with the regulatory and technical specifications developed by the Commission (Directives 2010/65/EU and 2002/59/EC).

- development of sea-based transport services which are open, integrated in door-todoor logistic chains and concentrate flows of freight on viable, regular, frequent, highquality and reliable Short Sea Shipping links connecting the Core Network Corridors.

- development of MoS in a harmonised and interoperable manner, duly taking into account the global nature of maritime transport and its role as a link between intraEuropean trade and international trade.

- development of environmentally sustainable shipping covering new clean fuels facilities and on-board installations, environmentally friendly SOx abatement technologies respecting or going beyond the current environmental legislation requirements as well as reductions of other air emissions such as NOx and CO2.

Promotion of "wider benefits" of the MoS development, not linked to specific geographic areas or ports but benefiting the industry widely, such as services and actions to support the mobility of persons and goods, improvement of environmental performance (clean fuels, waste reception facilities etc), icebreaking and year round navigability, geographical surveying and dredging operations, infrastructure development in ports, notably including alternative fuelling facilities as well as optimisation of processes, procedures and the human element, ICT platforms and information systems including traffic management and electronic reporting systems. In this context, actions aiming at the facilitation of maritime freight transport with neighbouring countries, hence fostering international trade, may be supported. 

Meer informatie over deze oproep in dit document.


130 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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