Marco Polo: 64.6 million euro for modal shift
By Isabelle Smets | Thursday 21 June 2012
Transport companies interested in getting a boost from the EU under the Marco Polo programme, which co-finances projects promoting intermodal freight transport, have until 21 September to submit applications. Detailed information can be found in the call for proposals issued by the European Commission, on 20 June
(1). A budget of €64.6 million is available, with which the Commission plans to part-finance 36 projects that will help shift freight transport from road to less polluting modes of transport.
This year’s priorities are: short-sea shipping (especially projects that use innovative technologies or operational practices that reduce polluting emissions, such as the use of low-sulphur fuels or liquefied natural gas), inland waterway transport and single wagonload projects (freight trains whose composition can vary over their route, as opposed to an entire train being routed directly from station A to station B with no reshuffling – this type of transport has declined sharply in a number of member states).
The co-financing rates applicable to Marco Polo range from 35% to 50% of costs at most, depending on the type of project. Interested companies can obtain assistance preparing their applications from a help desk (
firstname.lastname@example.org). An information day will also be held in Brussels, on 28 June.
Further information is available at
(1) The document is available at ec.europa.eu/transport/marcopolo/getting-funds/application-packs/2012/index_en.htm