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From the North Sea to the Mediterranean: a round table on the Corridor 24 state of the art

The conference will take place the EU Parliament, with the patronage of the MEP Gianluca Susta, who will moderate the discussion. Mr. Karel Vinck, Co-ordinator of ERTMS, will bring the European Commission voice, whereas Mr. Victor Schoenmakers and Mr. Luigi Barone will expose the point of view of the Port Authorities. Mr. Antonio Tajani,Vice President of the EU Commission will close the session.

3 November 2008
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On the 3rd of November The Committee of the Chambers of Commerce of the Railway Axis North-South (Rotterdam South Rotterdam-Duisburg Duisburg-Basel-Lötschberg/Sempione –Genoa) organizes, in cooperation with Unioncamere Piemonte, Uniontrasporti and the Union Européenne des Chambers de commerce du Rhin, Rhone, Danube et Alpes, a round table to discuss the project’s state of the art and the view point of the different stakeholders.

Programme

6.30 pm Welcome
MEP Gianluca Susta – Member of the European Parliament
6.40 pm Opening speech
Mr. Paolo Odone- President Committee of Chambers of Commerce of the Railway Axis North South and President of Genoa CCI
6.45 pm Interventions:
The project’s state of the arts
Mr. Karel Vinck
Co-ordinator of ERTMS
DG TREN European Commission
The point of view of the ports of Rotterdam and Genoa
Mr. Victor Schoenmakers - Director Europe Rotterdam Port Authority
Mr. Luigi Barone – Director Planning and Development Port Authority Genoa
The point of view of logistic operators
Mr. Klaus Ebeling. Secretary General EIA (European Intermodal
Association)
7.15 pm Focus from European Commission and European Parliament
On. Antonio Tajani - Vice President of the European Commission,
Commissioner for Transport and Energy
8.15 pm Debate with Members of European Parliament
8.30 pm Cocktail

Background information
Among the Trans European Networks (TENs), the Corridor 24 is a railway axis connecting the North See and Rotterdam port to the Mediterranean See, with its Genoa port. It is a corridor passing along an historic European area, with the highest value creation, an imposing traffic of freight and people and where about 70 million people are settled.
The railway is a part of the wider logistic network, which in the next 15 years the will count on physic infrastructures, railways connections, motorways, inland waterways able to answer to the increasing demand curve of transport. For 2020 Europe will have 89.500 km of streets and motorways; around 94.000 km of railways including 20.000 km HV/HC; 11.250 km inland waterways with 210 inland ports; 294 maritime ports and about 366 airports.
Studies show that 50% of the freight traffic across the North-South direction, about 700 millions tons, runs on this route. The impact on the over crossed territories is impressive and the challenge is absorbing a higher percentage of traffic via the railway network, decongesting the road system.

The conference will help to better understand where Europe is in the completion of the corridor and which is the road map from 2008 to 2017.For further information: mariella.piersantini@unioncamerepiemonte.be