Call for proposals for modal shift, catalyst, motorways of the sea, traffic avoidance and common learning actions under II Marco Polo Programme MARCO POLO II 2010 Closed!


The European Commission has launched a new call for proposals for the selection procedure 2010 under the Second Marco Polo Programme. The overall objectives of Marco Polo II are to reduce congestion, to improve the environmental performance of the transport system and to enhance intermodal transport, thereby contributing to an efficient and sustainable transport system which provides EU added value without having a negative impact on economic, social or territorial cohesion.

In adition to our useful documents section, further information about the Call for proposals for modal shift, catalyst, motorways of the sea, traffic avoidance and common learning actions under II Marco Polo Programme, as well as relevant documents can be found at the Marco Polo II website.


  • Modal shift actions, which focus on shifting as much freight as economically meaningful under current market conditions from road to short sea shipping, rail and inland waterways. They may be proposing start-up of new services or significantly enhance existing services. They shall be robust, but not necessarily innovative: just shift freight off the road!
  • Catalyst actions change the way non-road freight transport is conducted in the Union. Under this type of action, structural market barriers in European freight transport are overcome through a highly innovative concept: causing a real break-through.
  • Motorways of the sea actions offer a door-to-door service, which shift freight from long road distances to a combination of short sea shipping and other modes of transport. Actions of this kind are innovative at a European level in terms of logistics, equipment, products and services.
  • Common learning actions enhance knowledge in the freight logistics sector and foster advanced methods of co-operation in the freight market. These actions actively encourage the sharing of knowledge and know-how within the sector.
  • Traffic avoidance actions integrate transport into production logistics: reducing freight transport demand by road with a direct impact on emissions. Actions of this type shall be innovative and shall not adversely affect production output and production workforce.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 64,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 18 May 2010 - 11 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • Full call text (Other)
  • Call for proposals 2010 under II Marco Polo Programme (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Non profit organisations
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Public authorities (all)
  • SMEs
  • Universities

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Energy and Transport

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