28 July 2017 – The Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, Graziano Delrio, and the French Minister in charge of Transport, Elisabeth Borne, held today in Rome their first bilateral meeting on the issues of common interest. Addressed topics include: the Mobility Package within the European Union and the bilateral projects like the high-speed Turin-Lyon Railway Line and the Rolling Motorway Service in the Alps.
“It was a fruitful meeting – Minister Delrio stated - with common interests in line with the strategic policy that the Minister of Infrastructures and Transport is carrying out, including the selection of streamlined and useful projects, the planning revision as well as the promotion of inter-modality and interconnection transport systems. I have agreed with the French Minister, to whom I gave a copy of the “Connecting Italy” strategic document, to invite our experts to work together”.
“ I have also appreciated the fact that Minister Borne stated, with a view to the forthcoming French Government’s revision of the most important projects, that the implementation of the Turin-Lyon railway line will be continued and all the international commitments confirmed”. So, full satisfaction was expressed for the ongoing works and the joint efforts of both Countries”.
“As for the construction of the Rolling Motorway Service in the Alps (Autostrada Ferroviaria Alpina) - Minister Delrio stated - there is a good cooperation between our Countries and the Parliamentary procedure for the ratification of the Agreement is moving forward. It is a good new for our common policy on sustainable transport, the fact that on 1 August 2017 a call for tender will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, proposed by both Countries, for the award of a ten-year term service concession”.
Minister Delrio and Minister Borne have also discussed on the Mobility Package proposed by the EU Commission: “ Both Countries are Members of the Road Alliance - Minister Delrio continued - and they both support fair competition as well as the improvement of road safety”, Italian Minister stated.
“To conclude, we have reaffirmed, Minister Delrio said, the importance of the Galileo Satellite Navigation Program in order to gain the widest satellite signals through Europe”.