The EU supports projects for improving the efficiency of transport

The European Union promotes the efficient transportation of people and goods in Europe. The EU also provides funding for projects focusing on environmental investments and the reduction of emissions. Finland is one of the EU’s top beneficiaries in terms of maritime transport projects, as Finland is highly dependent on maritime transport and at the same time has to contend with difficult winter conditions.

The EU wants to improve the quality of transport networks, harmonise transport-related standards and remove bottlenecks. The EU also supports the implementation of new technologies and automation related to transport control, the processing of goods and the various aspects of travel. 

The goal is to create a seamless, efficient and safe transport network for cargo and passenger traffic on roads, sea routes and railways. Improvements in transport connections are expected to provide a significant economic boost to the entire EU area and play a major role in reducing transport emissions.

The Port of Helsinki’s EU-funded projects

The Port of Helsinki and its partners have also been granted EU funding for their investment projects aiming to improve the flow, efficiency and ecology of maritime transports.

Project Years
TWIN PORT 1 2012 - 2015
TWIN PORT 2 2014 - 2020
TWIN PORT 3   2019 - 2023
TWIN PORT 4   2020 - 2023
Deepening of the Vuosaari fairway   2019 - 2023
Hansalink 2 2020 - 2023
Hansalink 2014 - 2016
Cruise OPS 2019 - 2023
Green Cruise Port 2016 - 2019
Back from Black study 2014 - 2016


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  • The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. 
  • The CEF is divided into three sectors, of which the Connecting Europe Facility for Transport is the specialised funding instrument for transport infrastructure.
  • The TEN-T (Trans European Transport Network) is a Europe-wide policy for transport projects funded by the EU. The TEN-T comprises two network ‘layers’: the Core Network to be completed by the end of 2030 and the Comprehensive Network to be completed by the end of 2050. The maritime dimension of TEN-T is the Motorways of the Sea concept, the aim of which is to improve maritime connections between ports. 
  • The technical and financial implementation of TEN-T is administered by the Climate Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (CINEA).