EU guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

The Guidelines set the framework for transport infrastructure development until 2030 (core network) and 2050 (comprehensive network).


Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network and repealing Decision No 661/2010/EU.


The guidelines set out a long-term strategy for the development of a complete trans-European transport network (TEN-T) consisting of infrastructure for railways, maritime and air transport, roads, inland waterways and rail-road terminals. They cover the technical standards as well as the requirements for interoperability of infrastructures and define priorities for the development of the TEN-T.

The regulation replaces guidelines originally agreed in 1996 and introduces a network with a dual-layer structure. It will consist of comprehensive network and of core network. The aim is to complete the latter network by 2030 while the former network has a binding deadline of 2050.

What are the core and a comprehensive transport networks?

The comprehensive network will ensure accessibility and connectivity of all regions in the European Union. The core network will consist of those parts of the comprehensive network that are of the highest strategic importance for achieving the objectives for the development of the TEN-T, linking strategically most important urban and other nodes (e.g. ports, airports and border crossing points). Both parts of the network will include all the transport modes and their interconnections.

How will the network be developed?

The guidelines enable the definition of projects of common European interest to develop the network. These projects will create new transport infrastructure and upgrade existing transport infrastructure. Further measures will promote the resource-efficient use of the network. EU funding is available for these projects (Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013).

What are the types of problems that will be tackled?

The aim is to tackle the main problems that are encountered:



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013



OJ L 348 of 20.12.2013


Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 680/2007 and (EC) No 67/2010 (Official Journal L 348 of 20.12.2013).

Last updated: 03.07.2014