Final booklet

Conference "Cross-border rail connections: fostering cohesion between regions and their citizens"

EUROPEAN YEAR OF RAIL - 10th & 11th June 2021, online

Co-organized by the MOT, the EGTC Eurodistrict PAMINA, with the support of the European Committee of Regions. Languages : French - English - German

The complete program: click here.
The recordings are available in english:

10/06/2021 :


Day 1 - "Existing railway links: needs and challenges to boost rail mobility across EUropean borders"

The first day was dedicated to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cross-border rail transport. Both short-term and long-term consequences of the pandemic were discussed, from the border shutdowns in spring 2020 to financial challenges that CB railway services face.
Round-table #1: Cross-border functional urban areas
Round-table #2: From peripheral regions to 360°

Day 2 - "Missing railway links: an unexploited potential to boost a low carbon transition"

The second day was dedicated to missing links across Europe. What is their current state of play? And how could these railway links contribute to boosting the economic development of border regions while fostering the transition towards a cleaner cross-border mobility?
Round-table #3: Missing railway links
Round-table #4: Next Steps towards closing the gaps

PRESENTATIONs of the speakers:

Round table n°1: Cross-border functional urban areas
- Christelle Duc, Project Manager, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region - The Léman Express railway network, Greater Geneva (CH-FR)
- Joseph Doppelbauer, Executive Director - EU Agency for Railways

Round Table n°2: From peripheral regions to 360°
- David Asseo, Deleguate of Transport, Republic and Canton of Jura (CH) - Belfort-Delle-Bienne line (FR-CH)
- Szilárd Kövesdi, General director, GYSEV Hungarian-Aus-trian railway company - Railway lines at the Austria-Hungary border
- Sandra Sodini, Directorate of International Relations and European Programmes Department & Massimiliano Angelotti, Directorate of Infrastructures and Territory, Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia - Railway lines at the Italian-Slovenian and Italian-Austrian border
- Slawomir Tokarski, Director, European Territorial Coop-eration, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programme Imple-mentation, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Round table n°3: Missing railway links
- Luc Federman, Representative of Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Zaragoza - Canfranc - Pau missing link (ES-FR)
- Guido Beermann, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Planning of Brandenburg - Missing links at the border between Germany and Poland
- Arnaud Clemens, Deputy Director General - Territorial Planning and Development, Collectivité Européenne d'Alsace - Colmar-Freiburg line (FR-DE)
- Rémi Bertrand, Vice President - EGTC Eurodistrict PAMINA - Karlsruhe-Rastatt-Haguenau-Saarbrücken line (FR-DE)

Round table n°4: Next steps towards closing the gaps
- Anne-Marie Deransart, Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank
- Philippe Voiry, Ambassador for intergovernmental commissions, cross-border issues and cooperation - French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs

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Contact at MOT :
Raffaele Viaggi
Policy officer
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