Trans-European Networks

Trans-European Networks in Europe

Description of Trans-European networks (TENs)

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes trans-european networks (tens) in the following terms: [1] The 1992 Maastricht Treaty envisaged integrated Europe-wide transport, telecommunications and energy networks, financed nationally but aided by Commission feasibility studies and by the resources of the Cohesion Fund, the other structural funds and the European Investment Bank. The priorities reflected traditional ‘cohesion themes’ – cross-border technical compatibility (‘interoperability’ in Eurospeak), assistance to outlying areas, aid to poorer regions and the enhancement of the infrastructure of the single market. In the event, however, the project, on which Commission president Jacques Santerhad staked his credibility, ran short of money; and when Santer’s proposal to raid the farm budget’s surplus was rejected in 1996 the TENs lost their main protagonist.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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