Albea analyzes the participation in the CEF Programme Call 2014
Albea’s contribution to the Programme
Albea has assisted different companies to present several proposals in Spain and in France in the first CEF Programme Call open since September 2014 and closed on March 3rd 2015. The company’s expertise and high success rate in the CEF Programme predecessors, the Marco Polo and the TEN-T programmes (EUR 21,9 million in grants won over the last 5 years; and 4 of the 5 Spanish awarded Marco Polo projects on 2013 written by Albea) have made several clients trust Albea to develop their proposals.
The huge amount of administrative documents, the complexity of the technical part and the need to provide each proposal involving works or services with a now compulsory Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), which Albea has adapted to the recently updated methodology proposed by the European Commission for the Transport and Logistics sector, have been a challenge overcome with a lot of dedication, the expertise of Albea’s team and a close cooperation with the clients. The result has been the submission of several proposals under the Multiannual and the Annual Call, with a main focus on works and studies concerning intermodal logistic platforms, railway infrastructures, freight transport services and innovation.
A lower overall participation than expected
The 735 proposals submitted across the EU, adding up to EUR 36,6 billion of funding request, represent about 3 times the budget of EUR 12 billion available for the call. Taking into account that the total CEF budget for the whole period 2014-2020 amount EUR 26 billion and almost half of it was available only in the first call, the participation has not been overwhelming compared to the initial expectations.
High participation in Spain and France
However, Spanish and French public and private entities have detected the great opportunity defined by this 2014 Call submitting far more proposals than the average tendency.
Regarding Spain, public and private entities have taken their chance submitting an amount of 137 proposals (almost 20% of the total number for the whole EU), which add up to EUR 1,9 billion of funding request (5% of the total amount requested in the EU). These numbers also show that the average Spanish CEF proposal has asked for a moderate amount of financing.
The distribution of proposals by Work Programme (Annual or Multiannual) and type of action (Studies, Works, Works and Studies) for Spain and the whole EU is given in the following table:
Here it becomes apparent that Spanish entities have presented proportionally more proposals within the Annual Call (28% of the whole EU proposals) than within the Multiannual Call (15% of the whole EU proposals), where the highest share appears for Works under the Annual Call (39%).
Following data from the Spanish Ministerio de Fomento, the largest part of the Spanish funding request corresponds to proposals for railway works, a lot of them related with ports, whereas other important priorities within the CEF Programme chosen by Spanish applicants have been multimodal logistic platforms, technological innovation and freight transport services.
According the French Direction Générale des Infrastructures, des Transports et de la Mer, French public and private entities have also taken the opportunity offered by the CEF Programme, submitting a total of amount of 120 proposals (16% of the total EU proposals), 100 within the Multiannual Call (19% of the total EU proposals in the MAP) and 20 for the Annual Call (9% of the total EU proposals in the AP). This shows that French entities, in contrast with Spanish entities, have focused mainly on the MAP.
Now the die is cast and the ball is in INEA’s court. Firstly external experts and secondly internal INEA experts will determine the quality of the submitted proposals in order to adopt a final decision regarding awarded projects. According to recent communications by the DG MOVE, decisions regarding selected proposals will be published in autumn 2015, whereas the first grant agreements are expected to be signed only towards the end of 2015.