Cypriot MEP opposes cuts in “Connecting Europe” facility

Cypriot MEP Neoklis Sylikiotis has spoken against cuts in the Connecting Europe facility, noting at the same time that it is important that this facility is not used to further militarise the EU.

The CEF will have a total budget of about Euros 29.3 billion for 2014-2020, with some Euros 23.2 billion earmarked for the transport sector to improve cross-border connections, remove bottlenecks and bridge gaps; Euros 5.12 billion for energy to modernise and expand energy infrastructure and increase security of supply; and Euros 1 billion for telecoms to stimulate the development of broadband networks and digital services.

The Cypriot MEP, who was addressing the plenary on behalf of his political group GUE/NGL, pointed out that another important priority should be to promote projects to lift the isolation that certain member states and regions are suffering from.

If the facility is applied properly, Sylikiotis said, it can truly contribute to the creation of necessary infrastructure in energy and transport which are of crucial importance for the peoples of Europe.

It is therefore necessary to stop cuts and stop using part of the fund in the European Strategic Investments Fund, which instead of promoting projects in the public interest, invests in areas favoured by private investors, he added.

The most important thing, according to the Cypriot MEP, is not to use this facility to further militarise the Union through funding transport infrastructure to improve military mobility as the Commission has announced.

Source: Cyprus News Agency