Impact of Transport Infrastructure on the International Competitiveness of Europe

The I-C-EU project, led by TML, was conducted on behalf of the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Research & Innovation 7th Research Framework Programme.  It started on 1 October 2012 and ended on 30 September 2014.  

On 17 June 2010, the European Union adopted the Europe 2020 Strategy. Replacing the previous Lisbon Strategy (2000–2010), the transition process between the two strategy plans occured exactly at the time Europe was undergoing its hardest economic crisis since its formation. The objective of getting out of the crisis together with the urgent need to remain highly competitive, especially against the new emerging economies, has made Europe’s competitiveness and economic performance fundamental issues.  

In line with the Europe 2020 Strategy’s flagship initiatives, the 2011 White Paper has summarized the main objective of European transport strategy, which is to help establish a system that underpins European economic progress, enhances competitiveness, and offers high quality mobility services by using resources more efficiently. Given the above challenges and strategy setting, it is obvious that a stronger role and a greater contribution by the transport sector are necessary for the improvement of European economic growth and competitiveness. 

I-C-EU clarifies the relationship between transport infrastructure investment and its wider economic impacts, in particular competitiveness and economic growth. This clarification has been made possible by exploring the theoretical methodology of state-of-the-art assessment tools, analysing the current situation of the European economy and its competitiveness as well as its present and future challenges, taking into account the current European strategy being set to improve its economic performance and competitiveness. Using this triad of concepts has allowed I-C-EU to provide recommendations to the EC on making political interventions to enhance the competitiveness of Europe both externally, i.e. in relation to the rest of the world and internally, i.e. between its countries and regions.

The three main results of this project are:

  • A survey of the relationship between transport infrastructure investment, competitiveness and economic growth

  • An improvement of the methodology used to assess the impacts of investment in transport infrastructures especially on competitiveness and economic growth

  • An overview of recommendations on assessing EU policy in transport infrastructure investment with respect to competitiveness and economic growth

Accepted open-to-public deliverables and other information from past events and other publications are available on this project website.  

Please feel free to contact us for further information and discussion!


On the project website https://www.i-c-eu.eu/deliverables/index.htm or here:

D1.1 Issues of competitiveness and regional growth in relation to transport infrastructure
D1.2 Summary of the first workshop
D1.3 Overview of indicators of competitiveness and regional growth in relation to transport infrastructure investment: a literature review on assessment methodology
D1.4 Methodological improvement to capture impacts of transport infrastructure investment on competitiveness and regional growth

D2.2 Revision of infrastructure project assessment practice in Europe regarding impacts on competitiveness and growth
D2.3 Integration of approaches for project assessment: analysis of particular case studies

D3.1 Review of transport & economic models
D3.2 Ex-post analysis of transport network model results
D3.3 Good model practice for infrastructure projects

D4.1 A review of EU policy approach to improve international competitiveness in Europe
D4.2 Summary of the second workshop
D4.3 Recommendation on EU policy assessment methodology to capture wider economic impacts of transport infrastructure investment

D5.1 Project leaflet
D5.3 Dissemination plan
D5.4.1 Newsletter 1
D5.4.2 Newsletter 2
D5.4.3 Newsletter 3
D5.4.4 Final newsletter
D5.5 Summary of the final workshop


10-15 July 2016, Joko Purwanto gave a presentation on The impact of transport infrastructure investment on international competitiveness of Europe (paper) at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research, Shanghai, China



funded by

European Commission, FP7


Christophe Heyndrickx, Joko Alloysius Purwanto, Eef Delhaye, Kris Vanherle, Tim Breemersch


Panteia Business NEA (NL), VU University Amsterdam (NL), Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and services (DE), Uniwersytet Gdanski (PL), and FEDEA (ES)


Joko Purwanto

+32 16 31.77.37
reference: 11.44

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 314395