Mediterranean corridor: a bumpy track record

As we have recently seen in class there is a lack of an integrated European network for Rail Transportation. A really important project for the EU is the construction of the Mediterranean Corridor that will link in the south western Mediterranean region up to the Ukrainian border with Hungary, following the coastlines of Spain, France, and crossing the Alps towards the east through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Even though Spanish companies see the Mediterranean Corridor as a key infrastructure to boost exports and trade with Europe, it seems there have been important delays in the construction of the infrastructure mainly due to political reasons, as the Spanish government prioritizes Spain’s high speed passenger train AVE rather than Mediterranean Corridor that would isolate Madrid.

The article that you will find attached below analyses the situation of the project focusing mainly in Spain, identifying the main problems it is facing and providing some reasons to push forward the investment for the construction of the Mediterranean Corridor.

Link: http://www.ara.cat/en/Mediterranean-corridor-bumpy-track-record_0_1297670318.html

By: Pol Ribera and Arnau Casellas

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