Italy assumed the Presidency of the G7 Transport Ministers’ Meeting on the 1st of January 2017, which brings together the seven Countries with the most advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The upcoming G7 Summit of Heads of States and Governments, to be held on 26-27 May 2017 in the Sicilian city of Taormina, is expected to discuss on foreign policy, global threats and economy, as well as carrying out a review in economic coordination strategies, based on the resolution of the G20 Summit.
During the Italian Presidency, a number of events have been scheduled for the year. On the sidelines of the Ministers’ meetings , in which the individual G7 topics will be faced more in detail, there will be several working groups to address particularly complex issues on infrastructures and transport.
The G7 Transport Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Cagliari from 21 to 22 June 2017. It will be an opportunity to inform Transport Ministers about the status of the activities undertaken on infrastructures and transport and on related themes as well as evaluating the progress made at international level. Together with the Italian Transport Minister, Graziano Delrio, are expected to attend the European Commissioner and the Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, USA .
The key issue is “Rediscovering the Social Value of Infrastructures". A range of topics will be discussed including social infrastructures and mobility, social cohesion, inclusiveness and sustainability.
This section of the Web site will be regularly kept updated on the latest news events and insights from G7 Transport Ministers’ Meeting of Cagliari.
- June, 15, 2017 - G7 Transport Ministerial Meeting, Cagliari, 21-22 June
- April, 20, 2017 - The G7 Transport Experts Meeting was concluded
- February, 14, 2017 - The G7 Transport Ministers Meeting will be held on 21 and 22 June 2017 in Cagliari, Sardinia
The social impact of infrastructures and technological innovation for vehicles and roads will be the main topic dealt in the Meeting of Transport Ministers that will take place on 21 and 22 June 2017, in Cagliari.
For further information, see the concept paper.
The social value of infrastructures
The social sustainability of policies and public investments can be considered as the third pillar of sustainable development (economic, environmental and social). In transport and infrastructure sectors, social issues are related to accessibility, social equity and cohesion and may be developed under different aspects.
Mobility policies can play a key role not only in ensuring accessibility but also, above all, in making a contribution to reducing the risk of social exclusion. Accessibility must be seen not only merely in terms of connections, opportunities of transfer/relocation, in terms of access to infrastructures for disabled people and to transport services at affordable prices for low income segments of society, but it rather must be seen also in terms of safety and security for most vulnerable segments of the population (for example women, minors and minorities, refugees).
In this context, transport infrastructures aimed at promoting accessibility are instrumental in facilitating integration and stimulating the feeling of belonging to a community: involvement and participation of citizens in the decision-making public processes may contribute to create a sense of civic awareness (so called “civicness”), as well as reconsidering infrastructures as common good that should be available to everyone everywhere.
In this sense, promoting accessibility to transport infrastructures is an instrumental in facilitating integration, a way to regain the feeling of belonging to a community through those forms of involvement and participation of citizens in the decision-making public processes, which may contribute to create a civic consciousness (" Civicness "), considering infrastructures a collective good.
Advanced technologies for vehicles and roads
There is a need to produce a culture of infrastructures’ design and planning, making technicians and administrators aware of their responsibilities also towards social issues. In case of road infrastructures, vehicle safety is a key strategy to be used in addressing international and national road casualty reduction’s targets in order to achieve a safer road traffic system. New vehicle technologies should be encouraged as an essential driver for a new economic and social development.
In this regard, the G7 Transport Ministers, who met in Japan in September 2016, shared the view that advanced technologies for vehicles and roads should form an integral part of the concepts for sustainable mobility because they play a key role in innovating and transforming road traffic, improving mobility, industry, and society in general.
In particular, they underlined the special importance of research issues in the areas of human-machine interface, infrastructure and social acceptance. In order to achieve their objectives, the Ministers decide to establish a working group to further address these topics. The outcome should form the basis for well- designed and globally harmonized future regulations and measures.
The meeting in Cagliari will therefore be an opportunity to inform Ministers about the status of the activities undertaken on these issues and to assess the progress made at international level.
- Cagliari, June 20, 2017 – Nice to meet you G7! – Opening G7alleryEvent G7
On the occasion of the G7 Transport, the best practices on sustainable mobility and infrastructure will be presented.
- Rome, June 14 2017– Connecting Italy (Connettere l’Italia)
Strategies and first results of a new approach/season for public works in Italy
- Rome, June 12 2017– G7 Side Event on Road Haulage
- Rome, May 31 2017 – The 50th Anniversary of Assaeroporti
The Italian airport system confirms itself as the catalysts for socio-economic development of Italy
- Rome, May 23-25, 2017 Forum PA 2017
- Livorno, April 5 2017 – Second National Forum on Ports and Logistics
- Turin, April 3 2017– Listening and Transparency in the New Season/Approach of Public Works
- Rome, May 28 2017, – National and EU Funds for cycling mobility
- Rome, March 7 2017– Nice to meet you G7!
- Cagliari, March 3, 2017 – Transport Open Data
The first meeting of the G7 Transport Ministers was held in Frankfurt on 16-17 September 2015, followed by the Karuizawa Meeting hosted by the Japanese Presidency last year. During the meeting in Japan, the Ministers highlighted the importance of topics such as research in the fields of man-machine interface and the infrastructure and the social acceptance of technological innovations, setting up a working group to further explore these issues. The meeting in Cagliari will therefore be an opportunity to inform Ministers about the status of the activities undertaken on these issues and to evaluate progress made at international level.