Algeciras, Spain (PortSEurope) June 16, 2018 – The Minister of Development and Housing, Felipe López, today informed the Governing Council of the Junta de Andalucía about the meeting he held with European representatives in Brussels to ask for their agreement and involvement in accelerating the implementation of the Trans-European Network of Transport in Andalusia, whose basic rail network must be finalized, as established by the Commission itself, in 2020, which is why it has transferred to European decision-makers the need to carry out monitoring of investments in our community so that deadlines are met and the established resources.
At a press conference after the meeting of the minister of the government, the minister stressed that the purpose of the meeting in Brussels was, on the one hand, to inform the European Commission the very slow level development of railway corridors in Andalusia and, another one, to demand greater rate of activity through the verification of investments, although it has clarified that the board has many reasons to reproach to the previous government for a lack of investments, and hopes the new Socialist government will be aware that these infrastructures are good for Andalusia, Spain and Europe.
He restated the geostrategic position of the Andalusian community on the world shipping routes, especially the port of Algeciras, starting point of the Atlantic and Mediterranean corridors for being the contact of Europe with the sea routes of Asia, America and Africa.
The development of this railway connection will mean, the economic progress of Andalusia and its industry, since the easier and more efficient the inter-modality, the more competitive companies will be, assured the Minister of Development and Housing, for whom it is essential that the efforts to converge with Europe that Andalusia is developing be rewarded with the receipt of additional funds comparable to its population weight”.
Felipe López met with the representative of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Transport, Alessandro Carano, responsible for railway matters, and with the representatives of the cabinet of the Commissioner for Regional Development, Nicolás de Michelis and Jan Mikolaj Dzieciolowski, to convey to them that the the Andalusian government considers these railway infrastructures necessary and strategic, many of them with a high volume of their activity linked to exports.
In addition, this rail network is vital to turn Andalusia into the great logistics platform of southern Europe through the development of a strategic sector for investments and companies such as freight transport. These infrastructures will also be essential to meet the new European requirement marked for Horizon 2030, when 30% of good transport must be made by train.
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