CETMO defends continuation of Mediterranean Corridor towards Maghreb before United Nations.
- A delegation from the Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean (CETMO) participated in the 80th session of the United Nations Inland Transport Committee (UNECE, Geneva)
- In the speech, CETMO highlighted the importance of the Euro-Mediterranean region and the need for a Trans-Maghreb multimodal corridor.
On Tuesday, 20 February 2018, a delegation from CETMO led by General Director Òscar Oliver travelled to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva for the 80th session of the Inland Transport Committee. CETMO participated in the policy segment “Intermodality: The Key to Sustainable Transport and Mobility”.
CETMO’s presentation was based on data and conclusions that demonstrate the need to finish the Mediterranean Corridor and to continue with its logical extension into the southern part of the region, i.e. towards the Maghreb.
The following main points were addressed:
- The Maghreb’s main trading partners are the European countries of the Western Mediterranean (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta). Forty percent of its exports go to these countries, from which it also receives 28% of its imports. This means that preserving the ties between the two shores of the Mediterranean is a key factor for the region.
- The creation of new infrastructure is crucial for trade development in the region as a means of correcting the current imbalance in development levels on either side of the Mediterranean. CETMO is therefore working towards the creation of the Trans-Maghreb Multimodal Corridor, which would involve a natural extension of the Mediterranean Corridor to the south and provide territorial and commercial cohesion to benefit the region as a whole.
- At present, the Trans-Maghreb Multimodal Corridor would involve building or upgrading 36% of the road network, 88% of the passenger and freight rail network, five ports and 13 logistics platforms. Completion of the Trans-Maghreb Multimodal Corridor will cost an estimated 71.8 billion euros.
- Training is also considered crucial to guarantee efficient network operation and intermodality. Knowledge and good practices must therefore be shared among the experts in the countries of the region.
In short, CETMO expressed the need to not limit the Mediterranean Corridor to the European countries, but extend it towards the Maghreb and turn it into a truly Mediterranean transport network. To achieve this objective, it is vital to develop the infrastructure required for these links and provide specific training for the experts to ensure that it works properly.
UNECE Inland Transport Committee: a European body with more than 70 years of history
The Inland Transport Committee (ITC), of which CETMO is a permanent observer, is the highest policy-making body of the UNECE in the field of transport. Over the last 70 years, the ITC and its subsidiary bodies have provided a pan-European intergovernmental forum where UNECE member countries come together to forge tools for economic cooperation, and negotiate and adopt international legal instruments on inland transport.
These legal instruments are considered indispensable for developing efficient, standardized, integrated, safe and sustainable pan-European transport systems.