During the plenary session (5-8 July 2021) of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs debate on Connecting Europe, a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone. Opening statements by Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, RO), Dominique RIQUET (Renew, FR), Henna VIRKKUNEN (EPP, FI) and Izaskun BILBAO BARANDICA (Renew, ES), Rapporteurs and by Adina VĂLEAN, European Commissioner for Transport. This transcription is the result of an automatic process. Please check against delivery.