Antonio Tajani, EP President will be a keynote speaker of the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions seminar “Cities and regions developing a territorial-based trans-European transport network” organized in Brindisi, Italy this Friday (16 June).

The event co-hosted by Mauro D’Attis, EPP-CoR Group Vice President is to gather over 60 local and regional representatives from across the European Union, Members of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions, as well as ministers, mayors and many more transport policy specialists and stakeholders.

‘Transport is a major contributor to a prosperous EU economy. It generates trade, fosters economic growth and provides millions of jobs in the European regions and cities. The EU’s territorial-based TEN-T policy not only ensures accessibility and connectivity for all regions of the Union, but contributes further to their long-term competitiveness and perspectives’ – underlines EPP-CoR Group President Michael Schneider, who will open the proceedings along Mr D’Attis and Santi Giuffrè, Brindisi’s municipal Commissioner.

Conference is to be divided into two key sessions: one related to discussion on the European Transport strategy in support of development and job creation and a second one to the presentation of best practice or investments and European support to regional and local authorities.

Speakers include: Massimo Cassano, Junior Minister of Labour and Social Policies, government of the Republic of Italy, Ugo Patroni Griffi, President of the Southern Adriatic Sea Port System, Ivo Nesrovnal, Mayor of Bratislava, Mario Valducci, Member of the Transport Regulation Authority national board, Dimitar Savov, Director of the National Transport Policy Directorate, Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Francesco Bettoni, President of the Brescia-Bergamo-Milan Motorway (Bre-Be-Mi), José Ramón Díez de Revenga Albacete, General Director for Transport, Coasts and Ports, Regional Ministry for the Presidency and Public Works, Region of Murcia, Nicola Melchiotti, Head of European Public Affairs and Regulation of Enel Group.

‘Europe’s regions and cities believe that territorial-based TEN-T policy goals can be achieved by proper application of the principles of a bottom-up, multilevel governance approach and subsidiarity, by engaging all levels of governance to work in partnership‘ – stresses further EPP-CoR Group Vice President and event’s host Mauro D’Attis‘we need to better include local and regional authorities, which are in many cases responsible for the maintenance of transport infrastructure, in the political, operational, technical and implementing management bodies of the TEN-T infrastructure projects‘.

A press conference with EP President Antonio Tajani, EPP-CoR Group President Michael Schneider and Vice-President Mauro D’Attis will be organised at 11:45 in the Nuovo Teatro Verdi (Via Santi 1; 72100 Brindisi).

Registrations for the event need to be proceeded through a dedicated website

Webstreaming of the event is to be provided on the website of the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and on its Facebook profile.

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