CEF support to Atlantic Corridor - May 2020
CEF support to Atlantic Corridor - April 2018
The Atlantic Corridor stretches from the ports of the Iberian Peninsula to the port of Le Havre in Northern France, and cities of Strasbourg and Mannheim on the French/German border. The corridor’s railway component will feature new high-speed rail links and parallel conventional lines, providing for cross-border continuity between Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Strasbourg, Mannheim and Le Havre. The corridor has strong multimodal dimensions, utilising rail, road, inland waterway and maritime routes. Key projects for the corridor include the Basque Y rail connection and a new high-speed rail link between Bordeaux and Tours.
Main bottlenecks and missing links
The corridor’s main missing link is the cross-border connection between Lisboa and Madrid. The section Porto-Valladolid is affected by the lack of electrification on the Spanish side. Additionally problems of interoperability (difference in gauge, electrification, signaling systems and train length) affect the existing San Sebastian-Bordeaux section. The optimal path for an interoperable route for freight across Madrid, and from there on to Vitoria is also yet to be resolved, as are any subsequent infrastructure requirements along the sections concerned. With regards to roads, the electronic tolling systems are only partly interoperable; Portugal and Spain are implementing interoperable systems along the Atlantic Coast.
In June 2011, France signed its first ever public private partnership agreement for the implementation of high-speed rail infrastructure. The EUR 7.8 billion Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line, which came into operation on July 2 2017, received significant backing from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and includes a 50 year concession contract that covers the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the high-speed line.
CEF: Pre-identified projects
European Coordinator for the TEN-T Atlantic Corridor, Professor Carlo Secchi
Professor Carlo Secchi was born in Italy on February 4 1944. He was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Atlantic Corridor on 12 March 2014. In addition to his European Coordinator role, Professor Secchi provides consultancy services to various national and foreign research institutes and universities, to Italian public institutions (including CNR – the Italian National Research Council) and the European Union. Mr. Secchi has previously undertaken a TEN-T Coordinator role between July 2009 and December 2013; overseeing the implementation of Priority Project 3 and Priority Project 19 (railways) between France, Spain and Portugal. Mr. Secchi also chaired the Expert Group on TEN-T financing that contributed to the revision of TEN-T and the launch of the Connecting Europe Facility.
2014-2015: Co-author of the Christophersen-Bodewig-Secchi report on facilitating infrastructural projects and financial schemes
2013-2014: Chairman of the High Level Group on Business Services (DG ENTR and DG MARKT)
2000-2004: Rector, Bocconi University in Milan
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
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)
1994-1996: Member of the Italian Senate in the XII Legislature
1990-1993: President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes
1988-1993: Vice-President of CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education (formerly the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies)
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.
1970-1972: Researcher at Netherlands Economic Institute of Rotterdam
Professor Emeritus of European Economic Policy at Bocconi University in Milan
Member of the board of Mediaset and Chairman of the Supervisory Body of Pirelli
Vice-President, Institute of International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan
Member of the Board of 'Alcide de Gasperi' foundation
Member of the Research Ethics and Integrity Committee, CNR, Rome