Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the European Union programme aimed at promoting the implementation of projects of common interest for the development, construction or adaptation of new services and infrastructure in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors, providing financial assistance to TEN-T networks.

Veneto Intermodal is the European project co-financed by the CEF Programme, led by Interporto Quadrante Europa of Verona, which includes among its partners the Veneto Region, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana and the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority.

Aim of the project The Veneto Region's Transport Plan is the general framework for the project, particularly with regard to its section on goods and logistics. The action as a whole aims at enhancing the so-called "last mile" of three regional infrastructures of Community interest, i.e. the Interports of Verona and Padua and the Port of Venice, all core nodes of the TEN-T network, infrastructures that allow trade interchange with the rest of Europe and the world for companies located in the region.

The project has a total budget of 4 million euros, 50% of which is co-financed, and will be completed at the end of 2021.

More specifically, RFI will design, at the preliminary and working drawing level, the expansion of the Verona Quadrante Europa station, the new 750 m intermodal terminal and its connections to the Brenner route and the line towards Bologna. Furthermore, RFI will carry out the feasibility study for and preliminary design of a new direct connection from the east (to Venice) of the Padua Interport station to connect the interport directly with the Mediterranean and Baltic-Adriatic Corridors.