Brussels, 8 June 2010
Key European transport projects given boost at TEN-T Days
Three key European transport projects ranging from the Baltic countries to the Iberian Peninsula have today been given a boost by the signing of three Memorandums of Understanding. The signing of these documents by the Member States involved and with the endorsement of European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas and the European coordinators for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) demonstrates their commitment to carrying out these projects as fast and as efficiently as possible. The three projects are the Rail Baltica, running from Estonia to Poland, the high-speed lines linking France, Spain and Portugal and the key East–West railway axis Lyon–Turin–Trieste–Ljubljana–Budapest.
Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "Effective implementation and operation of the TEN-T priority projects are essential to enhancing the freedom of movement of EU citizens, the territorial cohesion of the Union and the internal market. If we are to maintain and extend these benefits, we will need to keep these projects high on the political agenda and to enshrine the coordination between Member States and the Commission through official statements. By signing these important acts today we show we are committed to these crucial TEN-T projects ranging from the Baltic countries to the Iberian Peninsula."
The three Memorandums of Understanding have been signed by the ministerial representatives in charge of transport in the Member States concerned, and endorsed by Vice-President Kallas and the three European TEN-T coordinators:
Priority Project 3 — High-Speed Railway Axis of Southwest Europe — is vital to bridging the long-lasting gap between the Iberian network and the rest of Europe, which so far has been set apart by a difference of gauge and natural barriers. The act was signed by José Blanco Lopez, for Spain, Antonio Mendonça, for Portugal, Dominique Bussereau for France, Siim Kallas and the European coordinator Carlo Secchi.
Priority Project 6 — Railway Axis Lyon–Trieste–Divača/Koper–Divača–Ljubljana–Budapest–Ukrainian border — represents an East–West link that plays a crucial role in European integration after the 2004 enlargement. The act was signed by Dominique Bussereau for France, Altero Matteoli for Italy, Patrick Vlačič for Slovenia, Tamás Fellegi for Hungary, Siim Kallas and the European coordinator Laurens Jan Brinkhorst.
Priority Project 27 — Rail Baltica — not only brings Baltic countries closer together, but also improves links to central Europe and Scandinavia. The act was signed by Cezary Grabarczyk for Poland, Arūnas Štaras for Lithuania, Aivita Lublina-Golmane for Latvia, Eero Pärgmäe for Estonia, Mikael Nyberg for Finland, Siim Kallas and the European coordinator Pavel Telička.
More information on TEN-T Priority Projects: