The expansion of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is considered a key factor for a green turnaround and decarbonisation.
On the 8th of February the “Friends of EUSALP” group of the European Parliament and representatives of the EUSALP- regions met at the headquarters of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol–Trentino in Brussels to exchange views on TEN-T and its planned revision.
Following the invitation of representatives of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, MEP Barbara Thaler and MEP and Chairman of the “Friends of EUSALP” group Herbert Dorfmann, an exchange regarding the proposed revision of the regulation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) took place on February 8th at the headquarters of the European Region in Brussels.
Herald Ruijters of the European Commission (Deputy Director General and Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport at DG MOVE) and Barbara Thaler, MEP and TEN-T co-correspondent took part in the political debate as keynote speakers.
Host Richard Seeber illustrated the problems of transalpine transit by referring to the Brenner axis from Munich to Verona. Dorfmann highlighted the need of catch-up regarding the modal shift of traffic from road to rail along the major Alpine corridors. Above all, cross-border cooperation without unilateral actions or mutual threatening is needed to overcome challenges and guarantee a fair and sustainable modal shift in the Alpine region. Thaler underlined once again that sufficient financial resources are needed.
Ruijters presented the gradual completion of the network by 2050. A lively debate on the potential that the revision the TEN-T offers especially for Alpine regions, followed.