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Carlo Secchi

Carlo Secchi was born in Italy on the February 4th, 1944.

Previous assignments

1970-1972: Researcher at Netherlands Economic Institute of Rotterdam

1978-1999: Visiting professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam (1978), the HEC in Paris (1988-1990), the Wirtschaft Universität of Vienna (1991) and the Centre for European Studies of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok (1999). He has taught at the Universities of Milano, Sassari and Trento, where he directed the Department of Economics.

1988-1993: Vice-President of CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education (formerly the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies)

1990-1993: President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

1994-1996: Member of the Italian Senate in the XII Legislature

1994-1999: Member of the European Parliament in the IV Legislature and Vice -President of the Economic, Monetary Affairs and Industrial Politics Commission (Deputy Chairman)

2000: Member of the High level group of the European Parliament for the reform of the Statute and financial treatment of the Members of the European Parliament

2000-2004: Rector, Bocconi University in Milan

Current tasks

Since 1983: Full Professor of European Economic Policy at Bocconi University in Milan

  • Chairman of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission
  • Chairman of Mediolanum bank Board of Directors
  • Member of the board of Pirelli & C., Mediaset, Italcementi
  • Deputy Chairman, Institute of International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan
  • Member of the Board of "Alcide de Gasperi" foundation
  • Vice-President of the Associazione Universitaria di Studi Europei

As to his research activities, he was/is a consultant to various national and foreign research institutes and universities, to Italian public Institutions (including CNR – the Italian National Research Council) and to the European Union. Currently Mr. Secchi is Director of the Institute on Latin American Studies and on Economies in Transition (ISLA) at Bocconi University in Milan.

He has previously been in charge of TEN-T Coordinator from July 2009 to December 2013, when he has been in charge for Priority Project 3 and Priority Project 19 (railways) between France, Spain and Portugal, and had chaired the Expert Group on TEN-T financing that contributed to the revision of TEN-T and the launch of the Connecting Europe Facility.

On 12th March 2014 Professor Secchi was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Atlantic Corridor.

Contact Mr Carlo Sechhi here.

Missions 2014

  • Meeting with Dr Grube, CEO Deutsche Bahn AG – 3 September 2014

On 3rd September 2014, the European Coordinators who are leading the Corridors crossing Germany had the opportunity to jointly meet the CEO of Deutsche Bahn to discuss the EU core network policy.

Deutsche Bahn: Dr Grube, Fried, Miram, Sellnick, Lueberrink
European Coordinators: Ana Palacio, Pat Cox, Mathieu Grosch, Carlo Secchi, Karel Vinck

All participants confirmed the importance of this joint meeting. Mr Grube invited the Coordinators to a follow-up meeting with the DB Board before the end of this year.
The following issues were raised by the Coordinators: Germany should make the use of CEF budget more attractive for rail infrastructure managers; lack of private investment; standardisation of equipment to be imposed on suppliers; external dimension TEN-T; need for accompanying measures; financial support for noise protection measures; the need to move from a conversation on design to a conversation on implementation.
Dr Grube stated that in the beginning DB was quite reluctant towards TEN-T. However, this attitude has changed completely. TEN-T offers a chance for leadership to develop a real transport network. DB is an international operator. In this context core network corridors are of the highest priority and instrumental for achieving such international market. Mr Grube also said that he appreciates the open and constructive dialogue.

  • Conference at the French Port Association, 30 June 2014

Prof. Carlo Secchi took part in a conference at the French Port Association, on invitation by the President, Mr Hervé Martel, and of the delegated President, Mr Jacques Trorial.
With this ocassion, Prof. Secchi introduced the theme of the multimodal dimension of a Core Network Corridor. A large debate followed, concerning mainly governance, including working groups, opportunity for funding and financing pre-condition to attract private investors, as well as the complementary role of ports outside the corridors (integration through Motorways of the Sea).
The importance of Corridors for multimodal and international coordination and fine-tuning, besides the mere funding and project development, has been highlighted.

  • Meeting with the President of Île de France in charge of Transport, 30 June 2014

On 30 June 2014, Mr Secchi met the vice President of Île de France in charge of Transport, Mr Pierre Serne.
There has been a friendly and informal exchange of opinion on Corridors and the role of Regions within Corridor Fora and at national level, and a description of the projects envisaged by the Region to enhance the connectivity and the mobility of the node – the largest urban node within the Atlantic Corridor.
The opportunity of seeking synergies and making compatible large distance flows and local mobility was debated, as well as the opportunities that smoother access to international and intercontinental traffic represents for the regional development, leveraging on the Regional logistic platforms, included in the Corridor Analysis.