Meeting between Minister Toninelli and European Commissioner Bulc

Meeting between Minister Toninelli and European Commissioner Bulc

Rome, 13 July 2018 – “A friendly Meeting between the Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, DaniloToninelli and the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, was held today at the premises of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport. The Mobility Package I was the key topic on the table for discussion, along with the investments for the EU funding instrument CEF (Connecting Europe Facility)  (Turin-Lyon railway line), the Brenner Base Tunnel and the imposition of public service obligations for the Sardinia Region”. This was reported in a note issued by the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport.
"Minister Toninelli has highlighted how the development of the Infrastructure and Transport Sectors is of crucial importance for the new Government strategy and he is also confident that a strong funding for Transport Sector will be foreseen in the Commission’s new proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027. The note also reported that the Head of the Ministry also confirmed the Italian intention to work in close cooperation with the EU Institutions and with the other EU Countries for the development of the European and International Projects. The Minister has also confirmed the Italian interest in finding a satisfactory compromise on the Mobility Package”.
With regard to the topics included in the Mobility Package I, the Italian Government has expressed its concern on the compromise proposal submitted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Commission, underlining the welcomed points and those considered crucial: the social aspect (access to the road haulage market and access to the profession for passenger & freight transport operators, driving & rest time rules, posting of workers, hired freight transport vehicles) must be considered as one of the main topics of the regulation for the EU road transport included in the Mobility Package I, while the cabotage operations must be considered as temporary activities, which cannot be carried out in a steady and continuous way, requiring a clear legislative framework in order to avoid unfair competition in the market. Furthermore its regulation should also enable effective controls. As for drivers, whose particularly heavy working conditions away from home need to be duly regulated in order to ensure them the protection of the posted workers, to prevent exhausting overwork situations,  ensuring optimal rest conditions and providing their return home within a reasonable time. During the negotiations progress has been made, but the key topics still remain unsolved. Anyway Italy will work with the EU Commission and the other Member States in a fruitful way, also under the Austrian Presidency of the European Commission, in order to achieve balanced solutions.
“Italy welcomes the efforts made by the EU Commission aiming at ensuring the continuity of financial allocations in the 2021-2027 EU Budget for the completion of the Trans-European Networks and Corridors. The current resources allocated for Transport have been in fact re-confirmed, - with an amount equal to 12.8 billion Euros, even if to be allocated to the whole new institutional framework composed of 27 Member States -, and shall not be subject to any reduction, following the experience with the last negotiations which reduced almost by half the total budget for the Connecting Europe Facility instrument (CEF).  For Italy it is important to ensure the horizontal priorities related to the Motorways of the Sea and the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Anyway it is of the utmost importance to be sure of the financial allocations for CEF Instrument, both for the core and comprehensive networks, especially under the form of non-repayable financing: in this respect, in fact, we estimate that the cost of the investment over the period 2021-2030 amounts to about 76 billion euros. The EU co-funding will therefore be essential.
As for the Turin-Lyon cross-border Project , Minister Toninelli has highlighted how Italy has already rationalized the access sections, thus reducing costs from 4.3 billion euros to 1.7 billion euros, also confirming that with due respect for the international Agreements, Italy is carrying out an econometric and scientific cost-benefit analysis, whose outcomes will be shared with the EU Commission”.
As for the Brenner Base Tunnel, Minister Toninelli asked Commissioner Bulc to assess the compliance of the sectoral blocks imposed by Austria on heavy traffic with the EU legislation, whose limitations are strongly damaging Italian Companies.
The Italian Minister has also submitted to the EU Commissioner the advantages for the air services’ territorial continuity in Sardinia. The Italian Government intends indeed to conclude the process of definition of the new Project on the imposition of public service obligations for the Sardinian airports of Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia in connection with Rome and Milan. It is of the utmost importance to ensure the application of the principle of equal treatment for all the EU citizens residing in those areas. We fully rely on the collaboration from the EU Commission’s Offices in order to accelerate the definition procedure which will lead to the new framework on the imposition of public service obligations for ensuring the territorial continuity of the Sardinia Region.
As regards the proposal for the Revision on the interoperability of electronic road toll system, Minister Toninelli has appreciated the balance reached in the General Approach by the European Council held on 7 June last, requesting that no change in this general layout should be applied during the negotiations with the EU Parliament. Anyway the Italian Government believes that it is necessary to extend the European Electronic Toll Service in order to ensure the European interoperability to provide a service available for the whole European Union. In conclusion, the Minister of Infrastructures and Transport hopes that our Country may be duly represented at the higher EU institutional levels and at EU Agencies, fully recognizing the Italian contribution at all levels as well as the importance of transport for our Country and our economy. Minister Toninelli also hopes that the European Commission will examine more carefully  the candidatures of Italian Officials for the Commission’s Offices and for those bodies directly connected to the Commission (such as Emsa or Eurocontrol). In this respect Minister Toninelli noted the openness of Commissioner Bulc” concluded the MIT Release.

Data di ultima modifica: 26/07/2018
Data di pubblicazione: 25/07/2018