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Carlo Secchi

Carlo Secchi was born in Italy on the February 4th, 1944. Previous assignments 1970-1972: Researcher at Netherlands Economic Institute of Rotterdam 1978-1999: Visiting professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam (1978), the HEC in Paris (1988-1990...


Carlo Secchi was born in Italy on the February 4th, 1944.

Previous assignments

1970-1972: Researcher at Netherlands Economic Institute of Rotterdam

1978-1999: Visiting professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam (1978), the HEC in Paris (1988-1990), the Wirtschaft Universität of Vienna (1991) and the Centre for European Studies of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok (1999). He has taught at the Universities of Milano, Sassari and Trento, where he directed the Department of Economics.

1988-1993: Vice-President of CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education (formerly the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies)

1990-1993: President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

1994-1996: Member of the Italian Senate in the XII Legislature

1994-1999: Member of the European Parliament in the IV Legislature and Vice -President of the Economic, Monetary Affairs and Industrial Politics Commission (Deputy Chairman)

2000: Member of the High level group of the European Parliament for the reform of the Statute and financial treatment of the Members of the European Parliament

2000-2004: Rector, Bocconi University in Milan

Current tasks

Professor Emeritus of European Economic Policy at Bocconi University in Milan

  • Chairman of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission
  • Member of the board of Mediaset, Italcementi
  • Deputy Chairman, Institute of International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan
  • Member of the Board of "Alcide de Gasperi" foundation

As to his research activities, he was/is a consultant to various national and foreign research institutes and universities, to Italian public Institutions (including CNR – the Italian National Research Council) and to the European Union. Currently Mr. Secchi is Director of the Institute on Latin American Studies and on Economies in Transition (ISLA) at Bocconi University in Milan.

He has previously been in charge of TEN-T Coordinator from July 2009 to December 2013, when he has been in charge for Priority Project 3 and Priority Project 19 (railways) between France, Spain and Portugal, and had chaired the Expert Group on TEN-T financing that contributed to the revision of TEN-T and the launch of the Connecting Europe Facility.

On 12th March 2014 Professor Secchi was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Atlantic Corridor.

Contact Mr Carlo Sechhi here.

Mr Secchi's information note on the CEF call 2014 results

Missions 2016

During the TEN-T Days (June 20th -22nd), the EU Coordinator for the Atlantic Corridor met the French Transport Minister, Alain Vidalies, the Portuguese Transport Minister, Pedro Marques, and a Spanish delegation chaired by the Secretary General for Infrastructure, Manuel Niño Gonzalez, to discuss the key upcoming topics for the development of the Atlantic Corridor:
- The short term, medium term and strategic perspectives for the deployment of the UIC gauge in the Iberian Peninsula, as in the shared study being developed by a joint working group Spain-Portugal set following a declaration during the TEN-T Days in Riga in 2015.
- Studies and perspectives to launch a cross-border rolling motorways France-Spain, as soon as the "Y Basque" will be operational, in 2019.
- The on-going projects to enhance / build the TEN-T connections between Portugal and Spain.
- The possibilities for the support by the Connecting Europe Facility, the Cohesion Policy and the EU Fund for Strategic Investment.

  • Meetings with the Ministry of Fomento and with the Executive Board of the Rail Freight Corridor, 23 May 2016, Madrid, Spain

Upon request of the EU Coordinator, the support team of the Corridor attended the meetings with the Ministry of Fomento and with the Executive Board of the Rail Freight Corridor. The main outcomes were:
Ministry of Fomento (infrastructure development): A detailed discussion on the Corridor Mapping and the state of play of infrastructure development – UIC gauge perspectives, as well as on the Programme Support Actions to foster administrative capacity.
Executive Board of RFC Atlantic:
- A success story: sharp increase in both demand and offer: in 2017 50 slots allocated (48 initially offered): + 50% vis-à-vis 2016 (33), +200% vis-à-vis 2015 (17);
- Extensions to Zaragoza (through Pamplona-Vitoria) on-going – linking it to key logistic platforms;
- A Common Train Info System up and running in all the 4 countries – a real-time monitoring showing trains on time, delays and reasons;
- A Customer Information Platform as well, providing a detailed state of play of the infra.

Missions 2015

  • Ad-hoc working group on the Cross-border dimension on the Atlantic Corridor, 28-29 October 2015

On October 28th and 29th an ad-hoc working group on the Cross-border dimension on the Atlantic Corridor, organised in cooperation with Region Aquitaine, took place in Bordeaux, at the presence of the French Secretary of State in charge of transport, Alain Vidalies, the Spanish Secretary of State of Fomento, Julio Gomez Pomar, the Aquitaine Minister, Alain Rousset, and the Basque Transport Councillor, Ana Oregi.

On 28th a visit to new rail and IWW accessibility projects in the area of Bordeaux Port, and on the new High-Speed line Tours-Bordeaux, that will become operational in the first half of 2017. Then, a trilateral meeting between the Coordinator, Prof. Carlo Secchi and the two ministerial representatives of France and Spain preceded the event – during the meeting, a strong convergence was reaffirmed on the support to the corridor in terms of development of the Y Basque (completed by 2019), the GPSO, the cross-border link between the two networks, to be operational by 2019.

The support to the Corridor was commonly shared as:
- an effective Europe-Making effort, to ensure the fundamental freedom,
- but also the means for meeting the targets of GHG reductions, and
- to bring about an internal market

Strong interest was also on boosting actual operations, both
- on the maritime side, with Motorways of the Sea and enhanced port accessibility, also through financial instruments,
- and on the railway side, with enhancement on signalling, interoperability, intermodality with new terminals, as well as developing a cross-border rolling motorways between the Basque Country (Vitoria) and Nord-Pas de Calais.

The event was followed by a signature ceremony by the two Secretaries of State and the EU Coordinator of the key projects along the corridor supported by the CEF in the Regions, at the presence of the Aquitaine President and the Basque Councillor.

The projects chosen for ceremony are:
- The Cross-border section Bergara (Y Basque) - Bayonne
- The support to the Atlantic Rail Freight Corridor activities
- The upgrading of the conventional line Bordeaux - Spain (Signalling)
- The studies for the GPSO (Grand Projet du Sud-Ouest Bordeaux - Espagne / Toulouse)

Then a wider event involving Regional actors, Regional cooperation structures (CRPM, Euroregion Euskadi-Aquitaine), ports, logistic platforms, the Atlantic Rail Freight Corridor, ministerial representatives and Transport authorities from Portugal, Spain and France took place: the main highlights are presented as follows:

1) Stronger integration is being developed, triggered by the work plan and formal debate in the forum: this is the case for the international working group on the Interoperability of the Iberian Peninsula (ES-PT) where an open debate on what to do in terms of prioritisation and technologies (Third rail vs. interoperable sleepers, which parameters, mix/pure HS…). This event accelerated the interactions between actors. Generally CNC have a good potential for that - technicians are willing to face problems, if not stopped by borders, but it is difficult for them to raise problems when left alone. This development has been largely facilitated by clear, simple, mandatory parameters for TEN-T.

2) EUROREGION and strong territorial cooperation in place across border increases the appeal of cross-border projects: in the case of Euskadi-Aquitaine, there is a strong participation in planning and calling for new “euroregional” transport services. Europe has a role to play (and a positive image) there.

3) Rail Freight Corridor, in the case of the Atlantic, is open to cooperation and trying to reach the market and stimulate demand. It is key in enhancing the efficiency of railway services

4) the key on-going projects are due to be operational on time: Tours-Bordeaux by mid2017, Y Basque (including S. Sebastian - France) by 2019. The conventional line to the border is being upgraded on signalling.

5) on the GPSO, a common support has been reaffirmed by the French Minister and the Aquitaine President, backed by the Basque Region and Spanish Secretary of State. The same applies to the development of the Rolling Motorway from Vitoria to Northern France - The CEF support to the studies for the GPSO has proven crucial to keep it on track reaffirming its political priority at EU level.

6) High attention is paid by all the stakeholders on decarbonisation of transport as a political mission

All the presentations can be downloaded at:

On June 23rd, in the framework of TEN-T Days, the Report on project financing drafted by the European Coordinators, Prof. Carlo Secchi and Prof. Kurt Bodewig, and former Vice-President Henning Christophersen, was discussed in the closed interinstitutional session at the presence of the European Parliament representatives and Transport Ministers.

Subsequently, the report was presented to the TEN-T Days audience in the framework of the round table discussions on financial instruments with the EIB, institutional investors, promotion banks and project promoters.

High interest has been devoted to the twelve recommendations quoted in the Report, deeming them necessary to come to a strong, credible and visible project pipeline. TEN-T Corridors significantly contribute to the effort, as echoed, inter alia, by the EIB President, Mr Werner Hoyer.

On June 22nd, in Riga, the Spanish and Portuguese representatives signed with the EU Coordinator, Prof. Carlo Secchi, a joint declaration on the setting up of a common working group, with the main objective of jointly planning the development of fully interoperable infrastructure along the Corridor. The decision to promote such working group implements a recommendation by the European Coordinator, and represents a major step forward in the direction of the deployment of UIC gauge and ERTMS in the Iberian Peninsula.

Simultaneously, in the Iberian summit, the declaration has been signed by the Portuguese and Spanish Ministers.

On the same day, Prof. Secchi met the French Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidalies, who agreed to host in Aquitaine in October a working group on the cross-border connections of the Atlantic Corridor.

  • Transport Council, 11 June 2015, Luxembourg

Prof. Secchi, together with Prof. Kurt Bodewig, Coordinator for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor and former Federal Transport Minister, and Former Vice-President Hening Christophersen, presented on June 11th at the Transport Council held in Luxembourg an Action Plan on how to trigger project financing and project development in Europe:

The wide-ranging document is structured in 12 recommendations grouped on 4 building blocks aimed at:

• Strengthening the project pipeline through assistance for project development, identification and financial structuring.

• Simplifying the procedures, notably on Procurement, permitting and state aid consistency.

• Broadening funding and financing, increasing project-related revenues, cross-financing, and exploiting synergies between all the financial sources through pooling and blending grants and financing.

• Improving the wide framework: Financial Regulation, accounting of PPP, stakeholders' involvement & developing specific Communication actions including for the wide public.

Missions 2014

  • Meeting with Dr Grube, CEO Deutsche Bahn AG – 3 September 2014

On 3rd September 2014, the European Coordinators who are leading the Corridors crossing Germany had the opportunity to jointly meet the CEO of Deutsche Bahn to discuss the EU core network policy.

Participants: Deutsche Bahn: Dr Grube, Fried, Miram, Sellnick, Lueberrink European Coordinators: Ana Palacio, Pat Cox, Mathieu Grosch, Carlo Secchi, Karel Vinck

All participants confirmed the importance of this joint meeting. Mr Grube invited the Coordinators to a follow-up meeting with the DB Board before the end of this year. The following issues were raised by the Coordinators: Germany should make the use of CEF budget more attractive for rail infrastructure managers; lack of private investment; standardisation of equipment to be imposed on suppliers; external dimension TEN-T; need for accompanying measures; financial support for noise protection measures; the need to move from a conversation on design to a conversation on implementation. Dr Grube stated that in the beginning DB was quite reluctant towards TEN-T. However, this attitude has changed completely. TEN-T offers a chance for leadership to develop a real transport network. DB is an international operator. In this context core network corridors are of the highest priority and instrumental for achieving such international market. Mr Grube also said that he appreciates the open and constructive dialogue.

  • Meeting with the Spanish Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Rafael Catalá Polo, 3 July 2014 in Madrid

On 3rd July 2014, the European Coordinator Prof. Carlo Secchi, met the Spanish Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Rafael Catalá Polo, Mr M. Niño Gonzalez, Spanish Secretary for Infrastructure, and other representatives from Core Network Corridors, ADIF, ADIF Alta Velocidad and Puerto del Estado, to discuss about the main challenges along the Atlantic Corridor, as well as to share the vision on the implementation of the Corridor, including the involvement of stakeholders, relationships with neighbouring countries and Spain's CEF and ERDF projects pipeline. A discussion round on Madrid node also took place, focusing on structure and projects on logistic platforms, passenger and freight flows, including bottlenecks, and on the Atocha-Camartin tunnel. During the meeting it was pointed out that Spain is a front-runner on ERTMS, with more than 2000km of equipped lines, and that it aims at speeding up an harmonised deployment of ERTMS with neighbouring countries.

  • Conference at the French Port Association, 30 June 2014

Prof. Carlo Secchi took part in a conference at the French Port Association, on invitation by the President, Mr Hervé Martel, and of the delegated President, Mr Jacques Trorial. With this ocassion, Prof. Secchi introduced the theme of the multimodal dimension of a Core Network Corridor. A large debate followed, concerning mainly governance, including working groups, opportunity for funding and financing pre-condition to attract private investors, as well as the complementary role of ports outside the corridors (integration through Motorways of the Sea). The importance of Corridors for multimodal and international coordination and fine-tuning, besides the mere funding and project development, has been highlighted.

  • Meeting with the President of Île de France in charge of Transport, 30 June 2014

On 30 June 2014, Mr Secchi met the vice President of Île de France in charge of Transport, Mr Pierre Serne. There has been a friendly and informal exchange of opinion on Corridors and the role of Regions within Corridor Fora and at national level, and a description of the projects envisaged by the Region to enhance the connectivity and the mobility of the node – the largest urban node within the Atlantic Corridor. The opportunity of seeking synergies and making compatible large distance flows and local mobility was debated, as well as the opportunities that smoother access to international and intercontinental traffic represents for the regional development, leveraging on the Regional logistic platforms, included in the Corridor Analysis.

  • Informal bilateral meetings, International Transport Forum, 21-22 May 2014 in Leipzig

Three informal bilateral meetings took place in the framework of the Ministerial Dinner and reception at the International Transport Forum that took place in Leipzig on May 21st-22nd, 2014, with Mr Dobrindt, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital infrastructure of Germany, Mr Cuvillier, French Minister for Transport, and Mr Monteiro, Portuguese Minister for Transport. During his meeting with Mr Dobrindt, Prof. Secchi congratulated Germany for the structured and proactive support in the Corridor Forum - an enhanced role of the Federal Ministry is a crucial asset for the Corridors, as will the German stakeholders (DB Bahn and Unland Ports/ logistic platforms of Mannheim and Ludwighaven). He also highlighted that CEF is an opportunity to seize for German projects and presented the added value of the Atlantic Corridor for Germany (inland connection between Germany/Central EU and the Iberian Peninsula - key added value both for EU Customers and for the Automotive sector (as witnessed by the interest shown by German stakeholders); the direct connection between the core of France and Germany (advanced maturity), and connection between the centre and the Atlantic facade of the EU). Mr Dobrindt reaffirmed the proactive interest of Germany on corridors as a tool for making full use if infrastructure. During the meeting with Mr Cuvillier, the latter confirmed his interest on Corridors and hey shortly discussed their progress. Mr Monteiro showed optimism on the Atlantic Corridor development and on a synergic use of ESI Funds with a swift closure of the negotiation for the Cohesion Policy expected.

  • Meeting with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Transport, Telecom and Infrastructure, Mr Sergio Monteiro and potential beneficiaries of CEF, 12 March 2014 in Lisbon

On March 12th 2014, the European Coordinator Prof. Carlo Secchi, sworn into office that very day, paid a visit to Portugal chairing a delegation of the Commission, the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to meet the Portuguese Secretary of State for Transport, Telecom and Infrastructure, Mr Sergio Monteiro, and potential beneficiaries of CEF (Transport authority – IMT, REFER, etc). The key points discussed have been: 1) Portugal priorities for Transport (vs. Strategic Transport Planning) 2) Key projects' pipeline for CEF and synergies with the Cohesion policy 3) Exchange on strategic issues concerning CEF 4) The Atlantic Corridor: mechanism and steps 5) TEN-T/CEF political outlook – general principles, key from CEF and the Atlantic Corridor - functioning of the CEF 6) Financial Instruments (EIB)

The meeting was cooperative and highlighted the ambitious Project pipeline being prepared by the Portuguese Authorities and a first draft of the Transport Master Plan.