Throughout the conference, the ministers highlighted the current challenge of transport connectivity in the region in a period of change, accelerated by COVID-19, and the sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability. More specifically, the important role to be played in the region by intermodal logistics chains, based on the Trans-European Transport Network and GTMO 5+5 Multimodal Transport Network corridors and the connectivity opportunities offered by the Motorways of the Sea (MoS), was pointed out.
Regarding sustainability, the importance of the policies and measures launched by different institutions was mentioned, such as the European Green Deal, “Fit for 55” to adapt European legislation to climate objectives, or the adoption of global standards by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reduce emissions from transport.
In addition, other challenges of the sector were pointed out, such as digitalization. It should contribute to the recovery of the sector after the impact of the pandemic, and be a boost for its modernization with the incorporation of new technologies, as well as provide new opportunities for cooperation in the harmonization of standards between both shores of the Mediterranean.
The exchange of knowledge and experiences between countries and actors (public, private, academic…) was highlighted as one of the activities to continue working on in order to achieve a more efficient sector and thus favour the development of the region and the participation of the private sector.
Finally, the importance of cooperation among countries and coordination among regional institutions to boost the region’s potential was emphasized.
In conclusion, a new presidency of the GTMO 5+5 begins, full of challenges and opportunities and with a renewed commitment.