The EESC endorses the Commission's approach, considering that it is appropriate and relevant given the key purpose of the proposal for a regulation which is to reduce delays encountered in the implementation of TEN-T infrastructure projects. In fact, these delays can be reduced significantly by recognising the priority status of projects of common interest.
The EESC is of the view that in some Member States, compliance with the mandatory deadlines set by the proposal for a regulation will call for some legal and administrative reforms. These will enable the competent legal and administrative bodies to make their working methods quicker and more efficient so as to avoid legal action at national or European level for failing to comply with the deadlines.
The EESC believes that the cross-border coordination mechanisms provided for the TEN-T network can be strengthened by boosting the authority of and stepping up the tools available to European coordinators. In order to make optimal use of the experience and capacity of European coordinators, it might be necessary to revise the legislation laying down their remit, extending their responsibilities with a view to consolidating European leadership in implementing the cross-border transport infrastructure projects undertaken by the Member States.