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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.

  • Meeting with the Spanish Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Rafael Catalá Polo, 3 July 2014 in Madrid

On 3rd July 2014, the European Coordinator Prof. Carlo Secchi, met the Spanish Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Rafael Catalá Polo, Mr M. Niño Gonzalez, Spanish Secretary for Infrastructure, and other representatives from Core Network Corridors, ADIF, ADIF Alta Velocidad and Puerto del Estado, to discuss about the main challenges along the Atlantic Corridor, as well as to share the vision on the implementation of the Corridor, including the involvement of stakeholders, relationships with neighbouring countries and Spain's CEF and ERDF projects pipeline.
A discussion round on Madrid node also took place, focusing on structure and projects on logistic platforms, passenger and freight flows, including bottlenecks, and on the Atocha-Camartin tunnel.
During the meeting it was pointed out that Spain is a front-runner on ERTMS, with more than 2000km of equipped lines, and that it aims at speeding up an harmonised deployment of ERTMS with neighbouring countries.

  • 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.

  •   Informal bilateral meetings, International Transport Forum, 21-22 May 2014 in Leipzig

Three informal bilateral meetings took place in the framework of the Ministerial Dinner and reception at the International Transport Forum that took place in Leipzig on May 21st-22nd, 2014, with Mr Dobrindt, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital infrastructure of Germany, Mr Cuvillier, French Minister for Transport, and Mr Monteiro, Portuguese Minister for Transport. During his meeting with Mr Dobrindt, Prof. Secchi congratulated Germany for the structured and proactive support in the Corridor Forum - an enhanced role of the Federal Ministry is a crucial asset for the Corridors, as will the German stakeholders (DB Bahn and Unland Ports/ logistic platforms of Mannheim and Ludwighaven). He also highlighted that CEF is an opportunity to seize for German projects and presented the added value of the Atlantic Corridor for Germany (inland connection between Germany/Central EU and the Iberian Peninsula - key added value both for EU Customers and for the Automotive sector (as witnessed by the interest shown by German stakeholders); the direct connection between the core of France and Germany (advanced maturity), and connection between the centre and the Atlantic facade of the EU). Mr Dobrindt reaffirmed the proactive interest of Germany on corridors as a tool for making full use if infrastructure. During the meeting with Mr Cuvillier, the latter confirmed his interest on Corridors and hey shortly discussed their progress. Mr Monteiro showed optimism on the Atlantic Corridor development and on a synergic use of ESI Funds with a swift closure of the negotiation for the Cohesion Policy expected.

  • Meeting with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Transport, Telecom and Infrastructure, Mr Sergio Monteiro and potential beneficiaries of CEF , 12 March 2014 in Lisbon

On March 12th 2014, the European Coordinator Prof. Carlo Secchi, sworn into office that very day, paid a visit to Portugal chairing a delegation of the Commission, the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to meet the Portuguese Secretary of State for Transport, Telecom and Infrastructure, Mr Sergio Monteiro, and potential beneficiaries of CEF (Transport authority – IMT, REFER, etc).
The key points discussed have been:
1) Portugal priorities for Transport (vs. Strategic Transport Planning)
2) Key projects' pipeline for CEF and synergies with the Cohesion policy
3) Exchange on strategic issues concerning CEF
4) The Atlantic Corridor: mechanism and steps
5) TEN-T/CEF political outlook – general principles, key from CEF and the Atlantic Corridor - functioning of the CEF
6) Financial Instruments (EIB)

The meeting was cooperative and highlighted the ambitious Project pipeline being prepared by the Portuguese Authorities and a first draft of the Transport Master Plan.