What is TEN-T

European Parliament resolution of 22 April 2009 on the Green Paper on the future TEN-T policy
A. whereas the political definition of the TEN-T policy as described in Decision No 1692/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 1996 on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network(3) and Decision No 884/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 amending Decision No 1692/96/EC on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network(4) led to a "wish list" of 30 priority projects inspired mainly by national interests, 

The Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) is a project of the European Union to co-fund the establishment of a transport infrastructure connecting all EU Member States. Ever since its first conception, however, an inconsistency exists between the number and size of projects and the available financing. The existing network is a patchwork – it has gaps – and they are exactly where the borders are.
Currently, it is clear to everyone that the TEN-T programme is lagging behind. Most projects are nowhere near to being completed in time; but also in regard to the shift of transport from road to more environmentally friendly modes, the programme is not performing efficiently. This is because as well as other modes it subsidises road and air transport - the most climate un-friendly modes. The transport sector is the only economic sector where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising; therefore urgent, coherent and continuous action is needed. Although some beneficial projects have been completed, the TEN-T's biggest problem is its:

  • slow progress (especially for some rail projects) and
  • major lack of financing