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Maritime connectivity in the Western Mediterranean

Arianna Norcini Pala
RAM – Logistica, Infrastrutture e Transporti Spa

Maritime transport plays a key role for the European economy, contributing to transport 75% of its external trade. Short Sea Shipping (SSS) represents around 65% of total cargo traffic among the 335 maritime ports belonging to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

Mediterranean reflects on future of regional transport and logistics

The magnitude of the impact of COVID-19 was evident from the beginning, when home confinements of population, closure of borders, interruption of value chains, definition of priority freight corridors for essential goods and cancellation of flights and cruises took place. With this perspective, CETMO and IEMed launched the initiative “Mediterranean transport and logistics in a post-COVID 19 era: prospects and opportunities”.

COVID-19, a follow-up in the evolution of transport and logistics

Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean

The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Its impact on economic and social activity was evident from the beginning. COVID-19 caused a global contraction of 3.5% of real GDP by 2020 according to World Bank data. The drop of real GDP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the European Union (EU) regions was estimated at 3.9% and 6.6% respectively, marked by the decline in the second quarter of 2020, with 6.6% and 14.6% respectively.

A broad harmonisation of regulations is the indispensable corollary of a sustainable liberalisation of air transport

Olivier Meynot
Directorate General of Civil Aviation, France

If we want to guarantee sustainable recovery and the development of air transport in the Western Mediterranean, the mere liberalization of traffic rights is not sufficient: to benefit all air transport stakeholders and users, the creation of a single aviation market in the Western Mediterranean must be underpinned by harmonization of the regulations applicable to air transport.

Francisco Cardoso dos Reis – Integrated Transport Planning, the Digital Challenge and Decarbonization of Transport

Francisco Cardoso dos Reis
IP, Infraestruturas de Portugal

The early years of the 21st century have brought unprecedented growth and development in human activity and society. This era has given rise to new challenges and demands, and the pandemic has added even more previously unseen phenomena. To increase the transport sector’s contribution to economic, social and environmental sustainability and respond to these demands, innovation must be at the service of the common good, as well as the environmental, health-related and functional challenges facing society as a result of climate change and all other emerging threats.