On 31 October, the CEI-Executive Secretariat in Trieste hosted a workshop in the framework of the Interreg Central Europe project CONNECT2CE and the Interreg ADRION project Inter-Connect focusing on identifying strategic priorities to improve inland and maritime cross-border intermodal connectivity.
The event opened by CEI Secretary General, Roberto Antonione, gathered key stakeholders – representatives from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, the Municipalities of Koper and Trieste, private and public transport operators (Trieste Trasporti, Ferrovie Udine Cividale, Trenitalia) as well as two representatives from the European Groups of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC Euregio Senza Confini and EGTC GO).
Panel 1 speakers – following the implementation of the project’s pilot actions in the region, Mi.co.tra train and Trieste Ljubljana integrated ticket – discussed the CONNECT2CE support to a strategic approach for the future development of multimodal and cross-border transport on land. Participants addressed the importance of institutional cooperation, the potential of innovative ICT tools for promoting public transport as well as new patterns for promoting modal shift and sustainable mobility (MaaS – Mobility as a Service).
Panel 2 speakers of the Inter-Connect project, were invited to address the issue of cross-border maritime connectivity and share their progress regarding the implementation of the measures proposed by the case study in the city of Trieste, which focuses on improving public transport intermodal connections with the transnational maritime seasonal lines.
The discussion – moderated by Paolo Dileno, CEI Project Manager – allowed local stakeholders to identify the aspects that can be improved as well as future opportunities for boosting intermodal connectivity and maritime lines (such ESOF 2020). The measures identified and adopted in this case study will be included in the Memorandum of Understanding that will be signed by the end of the year.