Trans European network

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The Trans-European Network (TEN) was created by the European Union to create an international market and reinforce economic and social integrity. It made no sense to talk about a big European Union market with liberty of movement within its limits of goods, people and services, unless the making parts of it (different regions and national networks) were propel linked to each other by modern effective infrastructure. The establishment and development of TEN was considered as an important component for economical rise and the creation of new working places.
The first legal foundation for the Trans-European Network was the Treaty Establishing the European Community. European Union must purport the promotion of TEN development as the fundamental component for the creation of the Internal Market and consolidation of Economic and Social integrity. This development encloses the inter-connection and inter-functionality of national networks and access to them.
In accordance with these goals the European Commission designed guidelines meeting the priorities, objectives, detection of projects of common interest and measures for the three sectors: Energy, Transport and Telecommunications. These guidelines were approved by the Council and the European Parliament. However, not before a counsel with the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. A great number of projects of common interest were financially supported by the European Union budget, Cohesion Fund and Structural Funds. Great contribution to the financing through loans was done by the European Investment Bank. The treaty has define three classes of networks in the Trans-European Network:
Trans-European Energy Network
Trans-European transport networks
Trans-European telecommunications network

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