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The position of the European Federation of Inland Ports on the Proposals of the European Commission for the review

Thursday, 09 February 2012 | 11:00
of the TEN-T. EFIP acknowledges that it is the first time that Europe’s infrastructure policy is recognising the role inland ports can play in enhancing the potential and capacity of multimodal transport. Even if the aim and priorities put forward in this review enjoy the full support of EFIP, we believe that there are still some points to be clarified and there is room for improvement:
- The current maps are not complete in some areas.
The only reference in the Commission proposals to the status (core or comprehensive) of the different inland ports are the maps in the Annex to the guidelines, where core ports and comprehensive inland ports are indicated with a slightly different symbol. We urge the Commission for reasons of transparency and clarity, to make the list of comprehensive inland ports list publicly available through publication on the Commission website. Moreover, to be consistent with the approach chosen for core seaports and core airports, the core inland ports should be listed in the Annex II of the guidelines proposal.
- The presence and role inland ports are playing in the list of pre-identified projects needs to be clarified.
- The multimodal approach should be carried throughout the proposals, in particular as regards the funding rates, definitions, implementation and governance of the multimodal corridors. A more balanced development of transport modes should be guaranteed during the implementation.
- So far neither in terms of budget nor in terms of projects, inland port projects and inland waterway projects have been well represented in the TEN-T policy. EFIP therefore urges the European policy makers not only to secure the foreseen budget of 31,7 Billion Euro but also to realise a “modal shift” in the budget spent on the different modes of transport in favour of inland ports and inland waterway projects.
To conclude, EFIP hopes the role of inland ports can be further enshrined into this TEN-T review. Being a “TEN-T (core) port” should be more than just a nice label. EFIP hopes inland ports will be really involved and integrated in the governance and implementation of the multimodal corridors.
Source: EFIP
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