CEF support to Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor - April 2018
The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor represents a crucial north-south axis for the European economy. The corridor stretches from Finland and Sweden in the North, to the island of Malta in the South, taking in Denmark, Northern, Central and Southern Germany, the industrial heartlands of Northern Italy and the southern Italian ports. The most significant projects on the corridor are the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link and Brenner Base tunnel, including their access routes. This north-south corridor will integrate Priority Projects 1, 11, 12 and 20, ERTMS Corridor B and the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor.
Main bottlenecks and missing links
The cross-border alpine connection between Munich and Verona represents a major bottleneck on the corridor and will be alleviated by the construction of the Brenner Base Rail Tunnel, when it becomes operational in 2026. The removal of this bottleneck is crucial for the realisation of the entire corridor, linking Northern and Southern Europe. Together with the Gotthard-Monte Ceneri axis in Switzerland and the Lyon-Turin rail connection, the Brenner corridor will bind together a complex network of high-capacity rail links. Together these networks will help to achieve the environmental objectives set by the EU and ensure the modal shift from road to rail; necessary for the future of the ecologically sensitive alpine region. The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link crossing is a key component in the main north-south route between Central Europe and the Nordic countries. This cross-border bottleneck will be removed by the construction of the new immersed rail/road tunnel under the 18 km wide, Fehmarn Strait, between Rødby in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany. Following the completion of the project in 2028, the travel time between Copenhagen and Hamburg will be reduced by approximately one hour, and for rail freight transport, by approximately two hours.
The Øresund Bridge is a combined two track rail and four lane road bridge and tunnel across the Øresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark. It is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. Works started in 1995 and the link was opened to traffic on 1 July 2000, with a project cost of EUR 2.7 billion. The Milano-Roma-Napoli high-speed line entered into full operation with the completion of the section between Bologna and Firenze at the end of 2009. Travel times between Milano and Roma have since been reduced from 5 hrs to 2 hrs 45 mins. This high-speed section now takes 60 % of the total passenger traffic flow between the two cities. The passenger volume between Milan and Napoli has increased by approximately 25 %. In 2010, almost 20 million passengers used this line.
CEF: Pre-identified projects
European Coordinator for the TEN-T Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor, Mr Pat Cox
Mr Pat Cox was born on 28 November 1952, in Dublin, Ireland. The former President of the European Parliament was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor on 12 March 2014. Before, from 8 June 2010, he was the European Coordinator for the TEN-T Priority Project N° 1 Berlin-Palermo.
Mr Cox holds National Honours bestowed by the Presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania; and Honorary Doctorates from Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, the University of Limerick, the Open University and the American College Dublin. In 2004 he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize for his achievements with regard to the enlargement of the European Union and for his work in promoting greater EU democratisation.
2012-2015: Member of European Parliament special mission to Ukraine with Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, monitoring issues of selective justice
2014: Chairman of the Board, Limerick City of Culture
2010-2014: European Coordinator for TEN-T Priority Project No.1 – the railway axis Berlin-Verona/Milan-Bologna-Naples-Messina-Palermo
2010-2014: President of the Former Members Association, European Parliament
2005-2011: President of the European Movement International
2002-2004: President of the European Parliament
1998-2002: President of the ELDR Group in the European Parliament
1992-1994: Member of Dáil Éireann, Irish Parliament
1989-2004: Member of the European Parliament
1982-1986: Television broadcaster
Leader of the European Parliament's needs assessment mission to the Ukrainian parliament (since 2016)
President, Alliance Française, Dublin
Chairman Advisory Board MBS International Public Policy and Diplomacy, University College Cork
Vice President of the European Movement Ireland
Member of the Board of Trustees, Friends of Europe, Brussels
Member of the Board of Trustees, Edmund Rice Schools Trust, Dublin
Member of the Board, Third Age Foundation, Dublin/Meath
Patron of the Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, Limerick
Patron the Federation for Victim Assistance, Ireland
Member of the Supervisory Board of Michelin, France
Member European Advisory Council Liberty Global, Netherlands
President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe
Mr Pat Cox, European Coordinator
To contact Mr Cox, please use the advisor email below
Mr Martin Zeitler, Adviser of the European Coordinator
martin [dot] zeitlerec [dot] europa [dot] eu (martin[dot]zeitler[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
Scandinavian-Mediterranean CNC / TEN-T
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