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Second phase of PACT combined transport programme agreed

The Council Regulation adopting the second phase of the PACT programme of assistance for innovative combined transport projects has recently been published in the Official Journal. Under the programme, EU funding is available to projects which may contribute to increasing the ...
The Council Regulation adopting the second phase of the PACT programme of assistance for innovative combined transport projects has recently been published in the Official Journal. Under the programme, EU funding is available to projects which may contribute to increasing the use of combined transport, and therefore the transfer of freight from roads to more environmentally friendly transport modes. The second phase of PACT runs from 1997 to 2001 and has a total budget of ECU 35 million.

Combined transport is designed to move goods using road transport at the start and finish of the journey, and rail, inland waterways or maritime transport on the middle leg. The aim is to ensure that the road sections are as short as possible a proportion of the overall journey. Projects which will be supported may:

- Increase the competitiveness of combined transport in comparison to exclusively road haulage;
- Promote the use of advanced technology in combined transport;
- Improve the possibilities of supplying combined transport services.

Projects should constitute either innovative operational measures or feasibility studies in preparation for innovative operational measures. In respect of operational measures, Community funding will be limited to a maximum of 30% of costs, and for feasibility studies will not exceed 50% of costs.

For projects implemented within the Member States of the EU, the projects funded should be consistent with the trans-European transport networks (TENs) guidelines. Projects may also cover routes partly situated outside the EU, where this is in the interests of the common transport policy. In such cases, other sources of Community funding may be considered for the sections outside the EU, for example the PHARE technical assistance programme for the Central and Eastern European countries.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities
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