Rome, 14 September 2017 – During the Intergovernmental Summit between Italy and Greece, held in Corfu today and headed by the Prime Ministers Gentiloni and Tsipras, the Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, Graziano Delrio and the Greek Minister Christos Spirtzis held a bilateral meeting on the issues of common interest, exploring the perspective of a future collaboration.
First, they discussed the closing for the acquisition from FS Group of Trainose Company – the body responsible for the Greek railways.
Minister Delrio expressed his satisfaction for this acquisition which fully accepted the proposal made by the FS Group, capable of meeting the need for improving the safety and services of the railway transport, as well as promoting its expansion at international level. “Greek Government took the wise and appropriate decision - Minister Delrio said – to increase investments and fully meet the need of a greater citizen mobility. The privatization is aiming at achieving these objectives. The FS Group has been given the task by the Italian Government to improve railway connections and services, the railway fleet and to foster job creation and the Group will do very well also in Greece. The Mediterranean area is of key importance for Europe: the improvement of connections and transport services provides better opportunities for dialogue and unity in the whole Mediterranean Region”.
Both Ministers discussed also on the future opportunities for the relevant Italian Companies, where the economy is gradually recovering, as well as on future cooperation in air sector, transport and connectivity services at European level.
Ministers also focused on issues of great interest for both Countries, along with the prevention and protection from seismic risk of private buildings and artistic and architectural estate, in respect of which Minister Delrio illustrated the plan and guidelines for the anti-seismic ranking which was recently adopted by Italy. Further discussions and sharing of opinions will focus on this issue in order to develop common initiatives.