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Catherine Trautmann

Catherine Trautmann was born on 15 January 1951 in Strasbourg, France.

Previous assignments

1983: Member of Strasbourg Municipal Council

1986-1988: Member of the National Assembly for Bas-Rhin

1988: State Secretary for the elderly and disabled

1988-1989: Chairwoman of the National task force on drug addiction

1989-1997: Mayor of Strasbourg and Chairwoman of the Strasbourg Urban Community   

1997-2000: Minister for Culture and Communications

2000: Member of the Socialist Party National Bureau

1989-1997: Member of the European Parliament

2004-2014: President of the French Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament

Current tasks

Since 1983: Member of Strasbourg Municipal Council

Since 2008: Member of the National Council of the Socialist Party

Since 2008: Chair of the port of Strasbourg

Since 2008: Vice chair of the Strasbourg Urban Community Council


Ms Trautmann studied in Strasbourg, obtaining a Master's degree in Protestant theology at the Protestant Theology Faculty of the University of Strasbourg.


  • Knight of the Legion of Honour
  • Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters
  • Honorary doctorate, University of Leicester

On 29 October 2014 Ms Trautmann became the European Coordinator for the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic Corridor.

Contact Ms Trautmann here.


Ms Trautmann's information note on the CEF call 2014 results pdf - 419 KB [419 KB]

Missions 2015 

Brussels, 24 November 2015

  • European Coordinators' Seminar, 15-16 October 2015, Brussels

All European Coordinators were gathered in Brussels on 15-16 October to discuss topics of common concern, such as the horizontal priorities (ERTMS and Motorways of the Sea), linking TEN-T and transport policy developments, cross-border cooperation at local and regional level, innovative financial instruments and innovation.

  • Breakfast meeting with Members of the European Parliament on Rail Baltic project, 15 October 2015, Brussels

Upon invitation of Latvian MEP Roberts Zile, ECR Coordinator in the EP's Transport Committee, Ms Trautmann shared her views on the progress and next steps for the Rail Baltic project with MEPs from six different countries and political groups during a breakfast meeting on 15 October. New Director general of DG MOVE, Mr Henrik Hololei, was also present and expressed his strong support to the project. It was agreed to continue the exchange between the European Coordinator and MEPs in the future.

  • Visit to the Port of Hamburg, 30 September 2015

On 30 September, Ms Trautmann visited the city and port of Hamburg, as one of the key nodes on the Corridor. She met with the first Mayor, Mr Olaf Scholz, as well as the Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation, Mr Frank Horch, for an exchange of views on Corridor-related and urban node issues. After a visit of the port by ship and by car, an indepth exchange with representatives of the Hamburg Port Authority followed, focussing especially on innovative projects in the port.

  • 5th North Sea-Baltic Corridor Forum, 29 September 2015, Brussels

The fifth Corridor Forum of the NSB Corridor took place in Brussels on 29 September 2015. The new Corridor Consultants' Team presented the work that will be carried out over the next months and years to deepen the analysis of the Corridor, in particular with regards to the project list and key performance indicators, and consequently to update the Work Plan. The forum members were asked to provide feedback on the methodology. The Forum was attended by more than 45 members, consultants and EC representatives.

  • Urban Nodes Conference, 20 September 2015, Berlin

Upon the initiative of the Berlin-Brandenburg region, a conference on urban nodes was organised with the support of the European Commission on 20-21 September 2015 in Berlin. Together with Coordinator Pat Cox, Ms Trautmann participated in the panel discussions with national and regional representatives, Members of the European Parliament, as well as industry. A cooperation agreement of the stakeholders in Berlin and Brandenburg was handed over to the European Coordinators and MEPs. The conference conclusions will feed into a special issue paper on urban nodes in the TEN-T that Ms Trautmann committed to deliver in spring 2016.

  • Baltic Ports Conference, 2-4 September 2015, Riga

Given the strong maritime dimension of the NSB Corridor and the importance of the hinterland connections for ports in the Corridor Work Plan, Ms Trautmann joined the Annual Baltic Ports Conference in Riga to discuss these topics. She delivered a presentation on linking maritime and land transport on the NSB Corridor and also participated in a site visit of the port of Riga.

  • Rail Baltic Task Force, 2 September 2015, Riga

Following the Riga Declaration, the European Coordinator as well as representatives from Finland and Poland take part in the invergovernmental Rail Baltic Task Force on a regular basis. The meeting on 2nd September in Riga was the first in this enlarged setup. Topics included the conclusion of the Grant Agreement for the Joint Venture's CEF project with INEA, preparations for the second CEF call, latest developments in each partner country, and the planned intergovernmental agreement on Rail Baltic.

  • Site visit to Warsaw-Bialystok-Kaunas-Vilnius, 26-28 August 2015

On 27 August, Ms Trautmann, joined by political and technical representatives from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, took a special train to travel from Białystok (PL) to Kaunas (LT). The site visit on the line, passing through Ełk, Suwałki and Šeštokai, was depicted in the Lithuanian and Polish media as a historical event since it was the first passenger train, albeit 'experimental', to cross the border and to run up until Kaunas since 1939. A number of presentations and discussions took place on board the train. The construction of the new European gauge line on the Lithuanian side was co-funded through the Cohesion Fund and the TEN-T programme. The impression was that more can be done to upgrade the line on both sides of the border to reap the full benefit of the mutual connection and increase the speed of travel. Environmental aspects in this sensitive area need to be taken carefully into account, but compensations and other solutions seem possible.

On 22nd and 23rd June, Ms Trautmann participated in the 2015 edition of the TEN-T Days. Highlights included the signature of a Joint Declaration pdf - 820 KB [820 KB] of the Ministers for Transport of the five partners of the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithunia, Poland), bilateral and multilateral meetings with Ministers and MEPs, as well as with representatives of the Belgian federal and regional Ministries, and the presentation of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor Work Plan to a wider public.

  • Hearing at the European Parliament's TRAN committee, 16 June 2015, Brussels

Ms Trautmann presented the main issues of the NSB Corridor Work Plan to the members of the Committee for Transport and Tourism. A number of questions were raised by the MEPs, enquiring about the Coordinator's work and her views on the progress of the Rail Baltic project in particular. Some more specific questions concerned missing links in inland waterways, the role of certain ports, the railway bottleneck in the Helsinki node and the connection to the Arctic region. A few general questions were also raised, such as on EFSI's potential for rail and inland waterways, progress of ERTMS deployment, cooperation with regional authorities or the Coordinator's involvement in the sea basin / macro-regional strategies.

  • Meeting with the Latvian Minister for Transport, Mr Anrijs Matīss, 15 June 2015, Brussels

Ms Trautmann has met the Latvian Minister for Transport on 15 June 2015 in Brussels. They had an exchange of views on the Joint Declaration of the five partner countries on the Rail Baltic project to be signed at the TEN-T Days in Riga. They also reported on recent meetings held with the other partners. Ms Trautmann also stressed the need to continuously empower the Joint Venture RB Rail AS.

  • Meeting with Ms Anne Berner, Minister for Transport and Communication of the Republic of Finland, 11 June 2015, Luxembourg

On the occasion of the Transport Council on 11 June in Luxembourg, Ms Trautmann met with the new Finnish Minister for Transport and Communication, Ms Anne Berner. They discussed progress of the Rail Baltic project, the upcoming TEN-T Days in Riga of 22nd-23rd June 2015, as well as the innovative aspects of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor.

  • Seminar "European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the Trans-European Network (TEN) - Challenges and Chances", 2 June 2015, Representation of Saxony-Anhalt, Brussels, and meeting with the Transport Minister of Saxony Anhalt, Mr Thomas Webel

As Coordinator of one of the three Corridors passing through the German Land Saxony-Anhalt, Ms Trautmann participated in a conference on the EFSI and TEN-T organised by the region in Brussels on 2nd June. She stressed the vital role of regions and cities in finding the right solutions to finance the right infrastructure projects, but also their needs in order to make the most of new financial instruments, such as within the framework of the EFSI.

  • Meeting with the Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Mr Kristen Michal, 28 May 2015, Brussels

The Coordinator met the new Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Mr Kristen Michal, on 28 May 2015 in Brussels. The main topic was the Rail Baltic project and the priorities for Estonia in implementing the North Sea-Baltic Corridor.

  • Partners' meeting for an Interreg project "Connector of Regions", 8 May 2015, Berlin

A number of Regions and cities along the North Sea-Baltic corridor in its Eastern part (from Berlin to Helsinki) met on 8 May 2015 in Berlin in order to prepare for submission of an Interreg project to follow up on the previous "Rail Baltica Growth Corridor" project. Ms Trautmann gave a keynote speech and expressed her strong support for this bottom-up initiative.

  • Meeting with the Lithuanian Minister for Transport, Mr Rimantas Sinkevičius and Vice-Minister Arijandas Šliupas and meeting of the Polish-Lithuanian subcommittee on transport, 7 May 2015, Vilnius

Ms Trautmann discussed the progress of Rail Baltic with the Lithuanian Minister for Transport, Mr Rimantas Sinkevičius on 7 May in Vilnius. Both agreed on the need to accelerate the concrete implementation of the project and for good cooperation of all partners. The minister also informed about the ongoing discussions with Latvia to fix the border crossing point. The meeting was followed by a trilateral session with the Vice-Minister Arijandas Šliupas (Lithuania) and Undersecretary of State Sławomir Żłobka (Poland), as part of the Polish-Lithuanian subcommittee on transport series of meetings. The Coordinator also participated in a field visit of the intermodal terminal in Kaunas in this framework on 6 May.

  • Conference "Prospects of high-speed rail in Poland", 6 May 2015, Warsaw

On 6 May, Ms Trautmann spoke at the conference "Prospects of high-speed rail in Poland", organised by the Polish Railway Experts and Managers Association and Railway Institute together with a number of partners from industry and science. She stressed the potential of high-speed rail as a structuring element for the transport system and the economy, but noted that scarce public resources make it necessary to operate many difficult choices as well as to look increasingly for private sources of investment in transport infrastructure.

  • Meeting with the Polish Minister for Transport, Ms Maria Wasiak, and Undersecretary of state Mr Sławomir Żałobka, 5 May 2015, Warsaw

The Coordinator had the pleasure to have a long discussion with the Polish Minister, Ms Maria Wasiak, on 5 May 2015 in Warsaw. Topics included the Work Plan for the North Sea-Baltic corridor, the Rail Baltic project and in particular its cross-border section between Poland and Lithuania, as well as general issues and priorities for the development of transport infrastructure in Poland.

  • Meetings with Members of the European Parliament,22nd April 2015, Brussels , 30 April 2015, Strasbourg

On April 22 and 20, Ms Trautmann met several MEPs from Baltic countries and Poland in order to discuss the Rail Baltic project. All MEPs expressed their full support to the project and were happy to hear the views of the European Coordinator on its progress.

  • Meeting with representatives from Bremen, 15 April 2015, Brussels

Presentation of the issues for the port of Bremen and Bremerhaven (4th biggest container terminal in EU, 2nd in Germany): hinterland connections, railway bottlenecks and traffic evolution and export rates/transhipment share. Hinterland traffic is predicted to double by 2030. All trains to the port have to pass the city twice due to the need to change locomotives in a shunting yard, which raises concern among the population. The city is going to invest 40M Euros to enhance rail infrastructure. Comparatively high share of rail and IWW hinterland traffic. Ms Trautmann accepted the proposal to visit the port at a later stage.