The transport system is like our lymphatic system, fundamental to the cohesion of the EU territories
‘The transport system employs more than 11 million people across the European Union. It is like our lymphatic system, fundamental to the cohesion of the EU territories. However, it needs to be modernized’. – underlined President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani in his keynote address to the conference “Cities and regions developing a territorial-based trans-European transport network” in Brindisi, Italy on 16 June.
The event organised by the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and hosted by its Vice-President, Mauro D’Attis gathered numerous local and regional representatives, transport experts, stakeholders and media from across Europe.
Need for investments and intermodality were expressed by majority of the conference participants, with Antonio Tajani specifically referring to the TEN-T corridors – ‘We need to strengthen ongoing projects on trans-European networks, extending them to other cities like Brindisi’ – a call strongly supported by Mr D’Attis. The EPP-CoR Group Vice President noted that the ‘Italian Adriatic coast is waiting to be considered in full by the strategic transport priorities of the European Union’ with Italian Junior Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Massimo Cassano suggesting Puglia’s role should be more central within the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor.
We insist to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities in the TEN-T infrastructure projects
In his opening remarks Michael Schneider, President of the EPP-CoR Group expressed his conviction that territorial-based TEN-T policy should ensure accessibility and connectivity for all regions of the Union, thus contributing further to their sustainable economic growth and long-term competitiveness – ‘We insist on the need to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities in the political, operational, technical and implementing management bodies of the TEN-T infrastructure projects’ – he underlined.