The European Commission will support 10 pilot projects to establish new rail services or improve existing ones, proposed in response to its Action Plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail. The plan identified obstacles hindering cross-border passenger rail services, and measures to address them. The pilots will connect Hungary, Austria and western Romania; Germany - Denmark – Sweden; Paris – Milan – Venice; Munich – Zurich; Munich – Vienna – Budapest; Amsterdam – London; Amsterdam – Barcelona; Rome – Munich and Milan – Munich; Lisbon – A Coruña and Lisbon – Madrid; and Catalonia and the South of France.  European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: "While demand for green mobility is growing, we need the rail market to respond much better and much faster, especially for long and cross-border journeys. This is why the European Commission now wants to help rail companies create new international train connections – by day and by night – by breaking down the many barriers to cross-border rail." 

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