The EU’s struggle to overcome the lack of funding for infrastructure financing
In times of budget cuts and debt reduction policies, EU members struggle to bridge the funding gap for critical transportation infrastructure. The German government wants to tackle the problem by introducing a toll for passenger cars that targets foreign drivers in particular. The proposal faces heavy criticism both within Germany and in the EU.
This has sparked a general debate about a harmonized, EU-wide approach for overcoming the lack of funding that the new EU Commission has to deal with. The concept of user financing and the further development of public-private partnerships will play a central role in addition to the perpetual battle over budgetary resources. It is, therefore, now the time to enter the discussion and help shaping the financing paradigms for tomorrow’s infrastructure.