EMA-HololeiAccessibility to regions and support for maritime transport should remain a priority under EU transport policy. This is the message that Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR, delivered to the Director General of DG Move during a meeting on 17 March in Brussels.

The priority the Commission is giving to the 9 corridors in terms of funding allocation from the Connecting European Facility (CEF) in the first phase of the 2014-2020 programming period needs to be balanced out between now and 2020. The CPMR put forward some proposals in this regard.

The Outermost and Island regions deserve special attention. The CPMR invited Mr Hololei to a seminar on the accessibility of island regions to be held in the autumn of 2016 in the Balearic Islands.

The Motorways of the Sea offer interesting prospects for maritime Regions, their ports and their economies. An internal survey led by the CPMR has allowed it to highlight some possible improvements to the current arrangements. Brian Simpson, European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea, will be meeting the Regions to discuss this, before presenting his report on implementation before the European Parliament in June.

The CPMR is also awaiting details on the Commission’s planned arrangements for supporting intra-EU maritime transport, which is being subject to increasing environmental constraints and is losing market share in relation land transport.

The quality of the dialogue between DG Move and the CPMR was something highlighted by both parties. The CPMR is also developing awareness actions on these topics targeted to the European Parliament. There is some room for manoeuvre to improve the arrangements between now and 2020 with regard the instruments adopted in 2013 (TEN-T and CEF). The mid-term review of the multiannual framework offers an opportunity to gain further scope for action and prepare for the forthcoming period.