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FERRMED blows the whistle on Europe’s lack of planning in executing the Mediterranean corridor

  • The president of FERRMED participates in the Strategic Table for the Mediterranean corridor
  • The event certifies that Spain is not compliance with the Mediterranean Corridor European regulations due by 2030

The president of FERRMED, Joan Amorós, participated in the Strategic Table of the Mediterranean corridor session held on June 8 in Barcelona. During the event, Amorós stressed that "the problem we have in Europe is that there is no clear and concrete planning” and denounced the lack of enough investments in the areas that need it most, such as the section between Barcelona and Tarragona. 

Addressing the coordinator of the Mediterranean corridor of the European commission, Iveta Radicová, Amorós underlined that "twenty improvement actions should be made in “triangle” Barcelona-Tarragona-Lleida, but only four have included so far, while only one is currently under construction” 

Amorós' decry arrives while FERRMED has done its homework in assessing the problem. FERRMED has already presented the key aspects of its European sustainable and efficient transport plan to achieve the objectives of the EU Green Deal. The new procedure, +FIRRST, an integrated, fast, and flexible rail transport system, can efficiently move containers and truck trailers, and puts the train at the service of the road as a more versatile means of transport. These improvements in freight transport would reduce the 160 billion euros per year associated with the inefficiency of the European transport system. 

+FIRRST identifies 18 thousand kilometers of high priority investments (backbone) of railway corridors above the EU threshold, and a second priority of investments (extended backbone) in 8,400 kilometers in member states below the EU limit. +FIRRST also identifies the main logistics hubs of the EU, the best interconnection sectors between them, the required pass-through intermodal territorials and the corresponding operational procedure of the system.