In the context of the accessibility campaign launched by CPMR a year ago, the Inter-Commissions Transport Working Group met in Brussels on 15 September.

Organised in collaboration with Aragon Region, the meeting took place ahead of, and with a view to preparing, the forthcoming CPMR General Assembly. This will take place on 5 & 6 November 2015 in Florence and will be an opportunity for the Conference to carry out a mid-term review of its accessibility campaign.

Regional delegates from each of the CPMR Geographical Commissions met together with Gudrun Schulze and Matthieu Bertrand from DG Move (European Commission), Monica Peña Sastre, Policy Advisor at the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Wulfran Despicht, Vice-President of Nord-Pas de Calais Region.

The meeting consisted of three sessions, during which the following topics were discussed:

  • The CEF corridors and, in the longer-term, the reviews of the TEN-T, especially the major review planned for 2023.
  • The Juncker Plan, or to be more precise the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), now that the mechanism is being putting in place and the Regions have access to it.
  • Maritime transport, at a time when DG Move is speeding up the process of preparing new proposals on the concept of the Motorways of the Sea. While it is true that the ports and the maritime regions will benefit from the Motorways of the Sea, the challenge for CPMR is to see that opportunities for development are also found for those ports that are remote from the corridors.