Logo-AccessibilitéThe European Union does not always give adequate priority to accessibility as a criterion that would ensure compliance with the principle of territorial cohesion. For instance, this is the case of the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), and the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) revised in 2013. Therefore, the CPMR decided to campaign for accessibility throughout the whole 2015.

After presenting at its last Political Bureau held in Nantes (FR) on 27 February 2015 a policy paper on how “Improve the accessibility of the maritime regions and harness their potential in global transport flows the CPMR is organising a Seminar on how the European Union can help to improve territorial accessibility at the invitation of Michel Vauzelle, President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, and with the participation of Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Government of the Azores and President of the CPMR.

The seminar will be held in Marseille (FR) on 16 Avril 2015 and will pave the way for recommendations to the European institutions on how territorial cohesion and a “maritime priority” can be better taken into account in EU transport policy, as regards principles and implementation.

The work will be divided into different sessions, particularly on the role of “Periphery and handicaps for accessibility”, on the “Modal shift to maritime transport as a sustainable option that the EU must support”, on the importance of “A port framework serving a multimodal service for the hinterlands” and on the effects of “Strengthening the connection between the two shores of the Mediterranean”.

During the discussions, regional delegates will be invited to compare their views with those of transport professionals, and deliver useful messages to the Parliament and the European Commission for EU legislative and regulatory purposes. Among the participants, Désirée Oen, Deputy Head of Cabinet to the Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, will represent the European Commission and Gesine Meissner, President of the EP Intergroup “Sea, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Zones” and Member of Transport Committee will represent the European Parliament.

The programme, practical information about the Seminar is available on the CPMR website, and registration is now open: link to register to attend.