Source: European Parliament
According to the European Court of Auditors, the core Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) of high-speed roads is gaining ground and is having a positive impact on travellers, such as a reduction in travel time and an increase in the number of kilometres travelled on motorways.
EU funding and the Commission’s actions have contributed positively to this impact, but most of the Member States in Central and Eastern Europe continue to lag behind and, since 2014, only around 400 km of new TEN-T roads have been completed with EU support.
Moreover, the flow of road travel along the network is disrupted by incomplete cross-border sections, as well as by poorly coordinated parking and clean fuel infrastructure, while in the long term insufficient maintenance by Member States puts the condition of the network at risk.
How does the Commission intend to prioritise investment in the core road network, to improve its monitoring mechanisms, and to strengthen its approach to ensure that Member States adequately maintain the expanding network?