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New European Investment Project Portal service for boosting the visibility of transport projects to attract investors

The European Commissioned has made available what it calls the European Investment Project Portal to help EU based project promoters – public or private – reach potential investors.

The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) is hosted by the European Commission as part of its Investment Plan for Europe initiative to mobilise investment, promote economic growth and create more jobs across the EU.

Last month the Commission reported that the portal is in a pre-launch phase (expected to go live some time in the Spring). In the initial phase there will be a reduced fee of €100 for private project promoters after their projects.

The European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), was launched by the Commission just over a year ago, claiming to date to have triggered an estimated €61.5 out of its target of €315 billion from private and public sources over the next three years.

The focus is on infrastructure in the energy and transport sectors, as well as energy efficiency. So far 45 projects have been approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB), of which 17 projects are in the energy sector and 9 in transport.

The second part of the EU Investment Plan 'triangle' is the European Investment Advisory Hub which provides expert guidance and technical support for project promoters, public authorities, and investors.

Relevant sectors covered by the EIPP are: knowledge & digital economy; social infrastructure & other; energy union; resources & environment; transport (including trans-european network, multimodal nodes, urban mobility projects, new technologies and transport greening vehicles and transport systems); and industry for SMEs & mid-caps.

The third part of the Investment Plan is the Investment Project Portal, a one stop-shop for investable projects now available in 24 languages.

 

Eligibility

To be admitted for publication on the Portal, a project must:

  • have a total cost of at least €10 million
  • fall under one of the relevant sectors.
  • be expected to start within three years of their submission
  • be promoted by a public or private legal entity established in an EU Member State
  • be compatible with all applicable EU and national laws.

 

Promoting a project

Submissions can be made by downloading, complete long and submitting the EIPP Project Form. The project information will be published after a screening of its eligibility by the European Commission.

A reduced fee of €100 will be charged to private project promoters after their project forms have been confirmed complete and ready for processing. This procedure will apply only during the current initial phase, after which the fee will be increased to up to €250. Public sector project promoters are exempt from the project submission fee.

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