AEBR joined a seminar on cross-border mobility & successful stories in Tui (Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain) on 5th May:


AEBR’s Secretary General attended this seminar organised by University of Santiago de Compostela and the Diputación Provincial of Pontevedra on “Cross-border mobility: the raia húmida (wet border) under discussion trough European successful cases”.

The aim of the seminar was to achieve a broad know-how that will contribute to implement initiatives in the short term, which will bring Galician and Portuguese societies closer, and particularly in the area directly related to the border, around the last sector of the Minho River (when it becomes cross-border) . During the event some European successful cases of cross-border mobility were presented, such as the highway between Ferrol and Lisbon, the transport network in the Upper Rhine and others. Also some current challenges were presented, such as some missing transport links at cross-border level. It was also stressed that it is necessary to develop not only land transport infrastructures (road and railways) but also air and maritime infrastructures. In any case, a clear conclusion was that more sustainable mobility systems are provided by railway connections. They affect cross-border labour market, business activity and, of course, tourism. The European Commission (DG Regio) presented what EGTCs can do, as well as other instruments, such as the ITI. On the other hand, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) hasn’t been used sufficiently to close cross-border gaps in transport networks. The AEBR presented some successful cases of CB transport links, as well as some remaining gaps. Besides some specific issues about cross-border transport links between Galicia (ES) and Norte (PT), representatives from Aragon, Catalonia and the Basque Country also presented different perspectives on the other Iberian border, the Pyrenean border between France and Spain.

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