On the 19th of November the Final Information Day of the CLYMA (the Development of the Lyon – Madrid axis on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Mediterranean Corridor) project took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. The main objective of the meeting was to share the main results of the project among EU policy makers and to review its impact in the regions.
The CLYMA project analyzed the Lyon-Madrid section of the Mediterranean Corridor, with the goal of defining management and operational needs that could potentially be extended to the rest of the Corridor. It consisted of studies on the organization and optimal implementation of this section of the TEN-T network, taking into account long-term perspectives, environmental aspects and associated needs, as well as studies that promoted environmental sustainability, resource efficiency and low–carbon transport within an integrated transport concept. The aim of this project was to stimulate the deployment of the Green Corridor concept as introduced in the Freight Logistic Action Plan of the European Commission. The project also intended to develop a managerial structure for the intermodal corridor. It covered four modes (rail, road, waterway and maritime), two Member States (Spain-France) and a border crossing to ensure coordination, cooperation and transparency.
Around 30 people attended the event in Brussels, which was organized with the support of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. These included representatives of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and professionals from the Government of Catalonia, the European Sea Ports Organisation, Ferrmed, Eurosud Transport, ADIF, TRANSPIME, and the project partners, among others.
The opening session centered on speeches from Izaskun Bilbao, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament and José Alberto Carbonell, the Managing Director of the Port of Barcelona. Carles Rúa, the CLYMA Project Manager then gave an analysis of the original situation, the action plan of the project, its budget and presented the main results. Marta Bellera from the Cerdà Institute followed suit, giving 15 recommendations for the management of the Mediterranean Corridor to help overcome current limitations that hamper efficient and sustainable development. Following this, Alberto Estrada, Intermodal and Container Business Manager of the Port of Tarragona, stressed the importance of road and rail accesses in the Corridor ports and Alix Martinot-Lagarde, Projects and Purchasing Director of VIIA, analysed VIIA specific actions undertaken throughout the project. Towards the end Miguel Asin of the Maritime Terminal of Zaragoza (TmZ) and Alberto Nozal of ALIA reviewed the importance of the corridor for inland regions. The Information Day finished with closing remarks given by Santiago García-Milá, the Deputy General Manager of the Port of Barcelona.
This Information Day marked the end of the project, which was co-financed by INEA and started in October 2013. It gave to all the involved parties an overall knowledge of the project’s results and presented recommendations for other sections of the Corridor, which could also be applied throughout the Trans-European Transport Network.
CLYMA project partners are: ALIA, the Maritime Terminal of Zaragoza, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), the Port of Barcelona, the Port of Tarragona, Portic Barcelona S.A, Syndicat Mixte Plate-forme Pyrénées-Mediterranée, and VIIA.