On February 7, the Executive Board, meeting in Brussels, approved the position paper of the Atlantic Cities on the need to improve the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) on the Atlantic axis. Our positioning aims to present, jointly, the priority of working to improve the connectivity of the Atlantic Arc in future discussions with the European Commission in order to proceed to the revision of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the post 2020 programing period.
The objective of the proposal is to obtain a balanced development of transport networks, creating a true “Atlantic corridor” with the purpose of contributing and reinforcing the creation of a macro-region in the Atlantic space.
Concerning the original plan, it should be noted the absence of connection axes, for example, with Ireland – where it would be possible to establish a communication through the ports of the tip of Brittany and Normandy – or the connection points between Porto and Vigo.
The establishment of connectivity axes in the European Atlantic facade, both terrestrial and maritime, is an essential objective for the materialization of the Atlantic Maritime Strategy.
In this context, the Executive Board agreed to propose to the European institutions that a Macroregional Strategy be established in the Atlantic Arc starting from the next financial programming period 2021-2027, in order to be able to include all the territories of the Atlantic axis.
You can check here our contribution
And the Declaration for a Macro-region here