South Mediterranean Corridor
CETMO Defends Continuing the Mediterranean Corridor into the Maghreb to Improve European Connectivity in the Western Mediterranean
- It participated in the conference “Extending the Mediterranean Corridor into North Africa” held in Alicante within the context of Mediterranean Corridor Week promoted by the Valencian Community government
Òscar Oliver, the General Director of CETMO, defended the approach of extending the Mediterranean Corridor into the Maghreb along what is known as the Southern Mediterranean Corridor. During the conference, “Extending the Mediterranean Corridor into North Africa”, held within the context of Mediterranean Corridor Week, which is promoted by the Valencian Community government, Oliver stressed that “the Mediterranean Corridor cannot be considered an isolated network, but must be understood to form part of the Western Mediterranean region. The corridor should logically be extended into the Maghreb”.
He went on to say, “The European Commission’s Mediterranean Corridor is not the only priority; the Southern Mediterranean Corridor is also essential” (the Trans-Maghreb Multimodal Corridor). This is precisely one of the objectives of the GTMO 5+5 (Group of Transport Ministers of the Western Mediterranean), of which CETMO is the Technical Secretariat. The aim of this corridor, along with the Mediterranean Corridor, is to create a high-performance transport network that connects the entire Western Mediterranean region by equipping it with new infrastructure to drive its economic and social development. During the conference, CETMO’s General Director described the advanced state of progress of the Trans-Maghreb Multimodal Corridor, as well as the funding required to complete it.
Josep Lluís Ferrando, the Secretary of Housing, Public Works and Territorial Connections of the Valencian Community government, was responsible for welcoming the participants in the conference, which was organized by the Universitat d’Alacant and the Casa Mediterráneo.
Strategic projects with Morocco
During his speech, Oliver also described how other world regions, such as Northern Europe, are gaining ground in their commercial relations with the Maghreb. In the last 10 years, this growing trade has been partly responsible for preventing greater trade integration between European and African countries in the Western Mediterranean.
He went on to describe CETMO’s participation in strategic projects in the region, such as the fixed link between Spain and Morocco (and therefore the fixed link between the Mediterranean Corridor and the Trans-Maghreb Multimodal Corridor). For this project, CETMO has signed an agreement with the state companies of Spain and Morocco responsible for the fixed link (SECEGSA and SNED) to establish an observatory on traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar.