On the 20th, 21st and 22nd of June, ALTRO was invited to the TEN-T DAYS or annual TEN-T conference (Trans-European Transport Network). A chance for all to take stock of the 9 corridors.
From left to right: Violeta Bulc, Commissioner in charge of Transport, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister for Transport
Worth noting was a conference with the Commissioner in charge of Transport, Violeta Bulc, who insisted that the citizen be placed at the heart of extensive transport projects, notably infrastructure projects, and that the decarbonisation of the sector should be the true priority.
From left to right: Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, coordinator of the Mediterranean corridor, Michel Caniaux, delegate general for ALTRO
Also interesting were the workshops with the corridor coordinators Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, coordinator of the Mediterranean corridor, and Carlo Secchi, coordinator of the Atlantic corridor, both corridors making up the Via Atlantica and which ALTRO intends to link to ensure continuity of this great East-West European line.
From left to right: Carlo Secchi, coordinator of the Atlantic corridor, Michel Caniaux, delegate general for ALTRO, Carlo de Grandis, coordinator of the Atlantic corridor
Michel Caniaux was able to meet the two key coordinators of the Via Atlantica, who are paying close attention to ALTRO's work, and who advised the constitution of a solid dossier in preparation for revision by the TEN-T, so that they may take into account the connection of the Atlantic corridor with the Mediterranean corridor at the height of Lyon, on the Lyon-Turin line which ceases to be a dead end on an unfinished east-west line.
It was also possible to meet other stakeholders in the founding symposium from the 1st of July 2015 like Herald Ruijters, Head of Unit, and so the link with the Commission could be maintained.
The intervention of Madrid on the 7th of June and the invitation to the TEN-T have become a part of the continuity of the founding symposium of the Via Atlantica from the 1st of July 2015 in Brussels, that is, the establishment of the Via Atlantica in the European sense. This is why, if the accessibility and influence of the territories, as well as the sustainable movement of citizens are to remain a priority, the French should not be outdone and none of the communities involved should miss out on the adventure. If they were to do so, they would only slow things down!