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Ports: 300,000 euros for intermodal services, Serracchiani: “juncker plan is fundamental”

TRIESTE - The Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council allocated around 300,000 euros in order to implement the rail intermodal services from and to the Port of Trieste for the Central European markets.
The subsidy is given to the logistic companies offering intermodal services and derives from an aid system approved by the European Commission until December 2015, whose aim is to cover the cost differential between the road system and the railway one. It was also explained that the this measure is part of those policies aiming to attract new traffic flows, which have used the Northern European ports so far and which could be easily directed to our port system if our infrastructure and intermodal services were improved. On the other hand, in the last few days, during the last date of Techitaly 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels, an event organised within the six month period of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Debora Serracchiani, in the presence of the Minister for Transport, Mario Lupi, as well as of the President of the EU Transport Commission, Michael Cramer, underlined how important the launch of the Juncker investment plan and the cautious use of the Structural Funds will be, both for economic recovery and for employment growth. The Friuli Venezia Giulia region, logistic natural platform and gateway to the Balkans, is coordinator of the strategy recently adopted by the European Council for all Italian regions belonging to Pillar 2 (transport and energy). In addition, it was leader of all European areas belonging to the east-west axis at the fourth forum concerning the Mediterranean Corridor. “This is an area – explained Serracchiani – where there are a lot of important infrastructural interventions to do. Only 20% of airports and 35% of ports are connected with the European railway sytem”. It is a kind of patchwork and it is necessary to intervene in order to connect the existing infrastructure. “We must ‘mend’ the existing links and create new communication lines connecting ports, airports, interports. This is a great opportunity offered by the Juncker plan, many of our plans will arouse interest”, said Serracchiani.