Cooperating for a better connected Europe

Specific objective 3.1

Improving transport connections of rural and peripheral regions in central Europe


The programme area is a relevant junction in Europe. This can strategically facilitate the participation in trade and increase competitiveness. Accessibility to larger transport corridors is, however, comparatively weak. There is a need to link especially peripheral regions to the nodes of the TEN-T core network corridors (CNC), to remove bottlenecks and to bridge missing transport links in order to ensure good accessibility across central Europe. Furthermore, there is the need to reduce transport emissions by 90% by 2050, which calls for smart and sustainable approaches to cross-border mobility, intermodality and the introduction of IT-supported solutions for mobility management.

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Potential fields to be addressed

Demand-responsive and flexible regional passenger transport

Removal of transport barriers and bottlenecks across borders and beyond

Multi-modal freight transport and logistic chains in rural and peripheral areas and connections to transport nodes

Accessibility of rural and remote areas and their connectivity to main EU transport corridors

Strategic regional transport and spatial planning


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