26 September 2016 - "Italy’s moving in the right direction towards the technological innovations in Transport Infrastructures, is the core theme of the G7 Transport Summit”.
It is the comment issued by the Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, Graziano Delrio, following the Summit among the relevant Ministers of the seven Countries forming the G7 Group, which was held on September 23-25, 2016 in Karuizawa, Japan, along with the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc and chaired by Minister Keiichi Ishii.
“Since the automated driving issue on which focused the first G7 Group Summit in Germany focused its works, - stated Delrio – the Japanese Presidency has given priority to the upgraded and intelligent roads with which more and more automated vehicles will be ready to be connected. The Ministers of the G7 Countries accepted the challenge of taking a leading role in enabling the same vehicles to move in the same way across all Countries: so promoting the application of common standards for the interoperability of road systems and vehicles across national and continental borders and the improvement of relevant infrastructures’ quality, the harmonization of the relevant laws and regulations, an higher economic efficiency, the capacity of the entire system to generate growth”.
The G7 Group of Countries has launched a Working Group in this field. “It will be of the crucial importance for the new vehicles that the roads’ quality is maintained , Ministers stressed – continued Delrio – and this means that the Italian Government’s decision to proceed to the intelligent and large-scale maintenance of roads and viaducts , entrusted to ANAS (the Italian National Roads Authority) and to other concessionaires, is not only considered necessary after years of complete negligence but also in order to enable more and more technically sophisticated vehicles to travel, receiving and exchanging information from outside when they are in motion”.
The need of a shared legislation has also been highlighted by the producers invited to participate in the Summit, one for each Country; Enrico Pisino, Director for Research and Innovation of Vehicles of the Fiat Chrysler Group, represented Italy.
“The Ministry’s Technical Structure – continued Delrio – has been working for some time in order to adopt national standard on smart roads and we intend to bring to the G7 Summit table this experience”.
“In general, it is necessary to involve in this process policy-makers, research centers, industry and Universities; a process which is also capable of generating a new economy – continued the Minister – if Transport Infrastructures are steadily improving their safety, reducing the risks, ensuring sustainable transport, tourism and job, considering their possible effects of stock market growth, becoming a significant opportunity for research and development”.
Following the strategy defined in the Infrastructure Annex to the 2016 Economic and Financial Document “Connecting Italy” , many important innovations have been introduced and were submitted by Minister Delrio in the G7 Group Summit:“ We have introduced the National Plan for Logistics, Roads, Highways and Ports – Italian Minister said – giving priority to useful projects and not to the large-scale ones, avoiding the overdesign that is the over dimensioning and the waste of resources, favoring efficient solutions in intermodal and economic terms”.
The work will progress at a technical level and the next update is foreseen in the forthcoming G7’s Transport Ministers Summit, scheduled to be held in Italy next year. “Furthermore, we have proposed – stated Minister Delrio – to address the issue of the social sustainability of infrastructures dealing with the third growth pillar according to the Europe 2020 strategy for promoting a sustainable, intelligent and inclusive growth . An high topical issue strongly welcomed by the Ministers: from sustainable mobility as a right for all citizens, to the connections between city centers and suburbs, between North and South, granting equal opportunities, a new responsible culture for planning activities, the widest public debate and the sharing of new social network”.
The G7 Summit was concluded with the adoption of two Ministers’ statements on the issues discussed to be considered as guidelines for the work to be carried out.
After the meeting with the Italian Ambassador to Tokyo, Domenico Giorgi, Minister Delrio left for Vietnam, following the previous Ministerial visits of Premier Matteo Renzi in 2014 and the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella in 2015. The Minister went then to Hanoi and in Ho-Chi-Min City, holding meetings with the Institutions, the most important Vietnamese Authorities, the economic partners and all the Italian Companies operating in Vietnam.