Marco Polo programme

Marco Polo programme 

Marco Polo is the European Union's funding programme for projects which shift freight transport from the road to sea, rail and inland waterways.

This means fewer trucks on the road and thus less congestion, less pollution, and more reliable and efficient transport of goods.

75 million EUR has been allocated for 2003-06 to promote the transfer of goods from road transport to more environmentally friendly methods.

The second Marco Polo programme runs from 2007-13 and features:

- more money: the programme budget is 450 million EUR

- more themes: this programme includes "motorways of the sea" and "traffic avoidance" projects

more countries: Countries bordering the EU are also now eligible for funding