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:
More information on TEN-T Priority Projects: