AccessibilitéAccessibility is at the core of the principle of territorial cohesion.

Last year, the CPMR and its Geographical Commissions launched an initiative promoting the integration of the objective and criterion of accessibility into EU transport policies for infrastructure and maritime transport.

Since then, the European Commission’s list of projects selected under the first call for proposals under the CEF (transport strand) was approved. This involves a total of €13.1 billion of CEF funding where out of the €13.1 billion, €12.1 – i.e. more than 90% of the funding – has been allocated to the 9 Core Network Corridors.

Unfortunately, this concentration on the Core Network Corridors comes as no surprise. It corresponds to the institutions’ decision to give priority to the “backbone”, and to consider that the “remainder” of the network comes under the responsibility of Cohesion Policy and national and regional priorities.

In the last General Assembly in Florence, the CPMR decided to continue working on this “accessibility campaign” in order to get accessibility included in the TEN-T review in 2023 and CEF review in 2016.

During the debates held in Florence, delegates also regretted that there will not be a European Coordinator for the peripheral regions because the Commission considered that the maritime peripheral regions are correctly integrated into the TEN-T.

Last but not least, the CPMR believes that the Motorways of the Sea can be improved without amending the legislative framework, but just by adjusting their implementation. On this issue, in Florence, the CPMR distributed the results of a survey containing a few proposals aiming to make the next CEF call for proposals on the MoS and TEN-T more “periphery-compatible”.