On 19 October the European Commission presented the axes that will compose the future European transport networks. The plan presented by Commissioner Siim Kallas is co-financed up to 20% by the European Union, although support varies depending on the project. In total, it plans to allocate 31,700 million euros over the next EU budget (2014-2020) for the ten projects included in the published list.
As a highlight, the approval of the “Atlantic Corridor”, a project demanded by local and regional authorities of the Atlantic Arc. It is expected that this facility would be completed in 2017. The Axis Lisbon – Strasbourg includes cities such as Paris, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Burgos, Valladolid and Oporto among others, on the basis of criteria such as a high volume of passengers, the union of cities and major economic and social centers and efficient management of traffic.
For the Atlantic Arc, it is equally important communication with the UK and Ireland, through the axis Dublin – London – Paris – Brussels.