Spain and France analyse in Vitoria-Gasteiz progress of the development of the railway connection between both countries
Spain and France have created an Intergovernmental Commission (CIG) to supervise the construction and operation of the international section of the 'South Europe Atlantic' high-speed railway link. Members of the committee met on Tuesday in Vitoria-Gasteiz to analyse and confirm the progress degree of the project in both countries. In addition, they were informed about the main results obtained from the communal researches carried out by the 'South Europe Atlantic Section Vitoria - Dax' European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and the work plans in the near future.
Earlier on Monday, both CIG delegations met in Bayonne, where they were notified of the progress of the research in France. Once being in Alava's capital, both delegations attended two sections under construction. Representatives of the Basque Government were present during the visit, apart from the rest of the CIG members.
On Tuesday's meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz also took part the European Commission represented by the European Coordinator for Priority Project no.3 of the Trans-European Transport Network, Carlo Secchi. The railway link is also included in the project.
The meeting between the CIG members reiterated the understanding and commitment of both States to the development of the high speed railway link for mixed transport, both freight and passengers. It also defined the general features of the International Section.
What is more, apart from being a key element for the railway networks of both countries, the European Commission declared its support for the project and ensured at the same time that the new infrastructure will be necessary to implement the Trans-European Transport Network.