Finland and Germany request project proposals for the Motorway of the Baltic Sea

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 10.2.2006 15.54
Press release
Finland and Germany have opened a call for proposals for projects for the so-called Motorway of the Baltic Sea. The intention is to discover projects that would improve land and sea transport connections through the ports of these two countries. Funding for the approved projects can later be applied from the European Union.

The Motorways of the Sea are one of the 30 priority projects of the Trans-European Transport Network, which connects EU member countries to each other. Initially, the TEN network included land transport connections only, but sea connections became part of the network in 2004.

Project proposals should be prepared by the end of March. After that, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs of Germany will review and rank the proposals. Projects, in which several ports from both countries participate, will be given priority.

Whereas the maximum support for normal development projects of the TEN network is 10%, it is possible to receive a maximum of 20% of financial support to the investments of the Motorways of the Sea. Support may be provided, for example, for port infrastructure; development of road, railway and sea connections; information systems; and equipment promoting the safety of navigation. Financial support intended for development projects of the TEN network is applicable to these projects, too.

For further information please contact:

Mr Juha Parantainen, Senior Engineer, Infrastructure, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland, tel. +358 9 160 28383 or +358 40 756 9601