Inter-Connect project: 2nd Steering Committee meeting held in Bologna (Italy)
On 12-13 June, the Institute for Transports and Logistics (ITL) and the Region of Emilia-Romagna (RER) hosted the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the Inter-Connect (Intermodality Promotion and Rail Renaissance in Adriatic – Ionian Region) project, financed under the Interreg ADRION Programme and funded under the ERDF and IPAII funds.
The Director of RER welcomed the team stressing the importance of this cooperation for the rail revitalization of the region.
The meeting gave project partners the opportunity to present and update each other on the different case studies, in particularly regarding to the time plan for; the stakeholders consultation; roundtables; status quo of data collection and analysis needs as well as expected results of the project and beyond.
Partners explained and presented the overall status, goals and expectations of the first technical work package aiming to capitalize on the existing knowledge in passengers’ intermodal transportation and rail use deriving from policy documents and strategies (regional/national/transnational) search as well as from international real cases experience (best practices) review. Partners are in the process of gathering the data for the formulation of Adrion’s transnational connectivity map.
All partners agreed on the importance to connect all the technical activities; finding in all case studies valuable information to disseminate to all and defining a common methodology to find the most important lessons to teach outside the project.
On the second day of the Steering Committee meeting, the Joint Secretariat of the Programme updated all partners on period and progress reports, approval of the implementation manual, launch date of the programme website, and the production of promotional materials.
The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) presented the overall status, criticalities, partner’s contributions and next steps of the third work package on “Intermodal Passenger Transport Roadmap Circulation”.
The CEI – Executive Secretariat, which is leading the communication and dissemination activities of the project, presented an overview of the actions implemented during the 1st period and upcoming activities and stressed the importance of an effective involvement of all partners in the dissemination of INTER-CONNECT to the wider audience.
Finally all participants agreed on the need to address their stakeholders, and to promote rail awareness shift to ecological means.
The next meeting is envisaged to take place in Zagreb in November 2018.
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