EU ministers push ahead with transport network plan

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EU transport ministers have agreed to push ahead with development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

The European Commission is expected to publish its legislative proposal on the review of the TEN-T policy this summer.

In a policy debate on the review of the TEN-T trans-European transport network held at Gödöll? in Hungary, ministers agreed that lack of financial resources due to the current economic crisis did not mean that the extension of the long-term network should be reduced.

European Commission vice-president Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: “This review of the trans-European transport network policy comes at a crucial time for Europe. This will be of vital help if European businesses are to remain competitive and we are to make transport more sustainable. We will need to effectively link the Eastern and Western parts of the Union so that all Member States enjoy full access to the internal market.”

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