Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (160)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

160. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funds allocated to Ireland over the 2014 to 2020 period and expended in each year to date; the breakdown between Exchequer funding and EU funding (details supplied), in tabular form. [47067/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the EU's funding instrument for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for the programming period 2014-2020. Funding under CEF is delivered in the form of grants allocated following competitive calls for proposals. As of June 2019, Irish beneficiaries participate in 24 projects and receive €103 million in CEF Transport co-funding, with total investments in these projects of €403.7 million.

This includes successful applications for the deployment of Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) and road transport projects with other Member States, which includes studies on the harmonisation of interoperable intelligent transport systems (ITS) and cooperative Intelligent transport systems (C-ITS).

Details of Ireland’s successful projects under the CEF programme are available in tabular format on the INEA website at the following weblink:

https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-transport/projects-by-country/ireland

The projects listed in the following table are in receipt of Exchequer co-funding contributions, based on the agreed eligible costs and the percentage EU contribution, as part of the CEF Grant Agreement. While the overall monies may change over the life-cycle of the project, the percentage contributions will not.

Name of Project

 

 

Irish Beneficiary

Eligible costs (at project level)

(€)

CEF co-funding (for Irish Beneficiary) (€)

(% contribution)

Exchequer co-funding (for Irish Beneficiary)

(€)

(% contribution)

City   Centre Re-signaling Project

Irish Rail

36,455,333

10,936,600 (30%)

25,518,733 (70%)

C-Roads Ireland

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)

10,161,141

5,080,571 (50%)

5,080,571 (50%)

EU   ITS Platform*

TII

12,949,750

75,250 (50%)

75,250 (50%)

Arc Atlantique Corridor Phase II*

TII

115,159,310

666,000 (20%)

2,664,000 (80%)

Arc Atlantique Phase III*

TII

64,982,325

1,500,000 (20%)

6,000,000 (80%)

*Projects in which TII is a partner with multiple beneficiaries.

The remaining successful projects listed on INEA's website are being funded through CEF grants, own resources and borrowings.  It is worth noting, for example, that in the case of ports, under National Ports Policy, Exchequer funding is not provided to port companies for development works.

In addition, the European Commission has recently recommended Donegal County Council for €4.335 million co-funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2019 call for proposals.

The project concerns the studies or preparatory work required to remove bottlenecks over a length of 31 km at three road sections in Co. Donegal: Ballybofey to Stranorlar; Letterkenny to Manorcunningham; and Manorcunningham to Lifford/Strabane. This covers the designs and reports required to obtain the necessary statutory and other approvals to facilitate the future construction. The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is in the process of finalising the grant agreement with Donegal County Council. The final co-funding amount will be contingent on this grant agreement and an agreed project and expenditure plan being implemented by the Council with INEA oversight.

Further details on the Donegal County Council project are available at the following weblink: https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/news-events/newsroom/eur117-million-sustainable-transport-infrastructure-europe