From 2012 to 2014
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.


From 2012 to 2014


European Commission, FP7


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

Our team

Veerle Vranckx, Tim Breemersch, Eef Delhaye, Christophe Heyndrickx, Kris Vanherle, Joko Purwanto
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