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Mathieu Grosch

Mathieu Grosch was born on 14 September 1950 in Eupen, Belgium.

Previous assignments

1981–1983: Advisor to the Prime Minister of Belgium Wilfried Martens

1984–1986: Advisor to the Prime Minister of the German-speaking Community Joseph Maraite

1985–1986: Member of the Provincial Council, Province Liège

1986–1990: Minister for Social Affairs, Sports and Youth, German-speaking Community

1986–1994: Member of Council, German-speaking Community

1990–1994: Chairman of Council, German-speaking Community

1991–2012: Mayor of Kelmis

1994–present: Member of the European Parliament

1994–1994: Member of the Committee on Development and Cooperation

1994–1995: Member of the Delegation for relations with the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia

1994–1999: Substitute of the Committee on Regional Policy

1995–1997: Member of the Delegation to the EU-Czech Republic Joint Parliamentary Committee

1997–1999: Member of the Delegation for relations with Slovenia

1997–1999: Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control

1999–1999: Member of the Delegation to the EU-Slovenia Joint Parliamentary Committee

1999–2004: Member of the Delegation to the EU-Romania Joint Parliamentary Committee

1999–2004: Member of the Committee on Regional Policy

1999–2004: Substitute of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

2002–2004: Substitute of the Delegation to the EU-Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee

2004–2009: Member of the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee

2004–2009: Substitute of the Committee on Regional Development

Current tasks  

Since 1986: Member of the national bureau of the CSP

Since 1994: Member of the Parliament, Member of the EPP bureau

Since 1994: Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

Since 1996: Member of the board of Bierset-Liège airport

Since 2007: Substitute of the Delegation for relations with Japan

Since 2009: Substitute of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Since 2009: Member of the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula

Since 2009: EPP Coordinator in the Committee on Transport and Tourism

On 1 July 2014 Mr Grosch became the European Coordinator for the TEN-T Orient-East Med Corridor.

Contact Mr Mathieu Grosch here.

 Missions 2014

  • Participation in the European Rail Summit, 5 November 2014, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria, Brussels

The European Rail Summit took place on 5 November 2014, at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in Brussels, and was attended by around 200 participants. The debates addressed the current situation and problems encountered by the European railway undertakings and infra managers. With the occasion of his participation in this event, Mr Grosch had several useful exchanges of views with representatives from CER, TrenItalia, Deutche Bahn, SNCF, and other actors in the railway field.

  • Participation in the Informal Transport Ministerial Council on 16/17 September 2014 in Milano

On 16-17 September 2014, the Informal Transport Council took place in Milano with the participation of the European Coordinators of all corridors. On that occasion, Prof. Bodewig and Prof. Secchi presented a paper pdf - 892 KB [892 KB]  outlining some potential lines for action for the financing of the transport infrastructure. The paper was commented and very much welcomed by the transport ministers. The Italian presidency provided a mandate to both coordinators and Mr. Henning Christophersen to further deepen their analysis and to identify potential projects suitable for the use of innovative financial instruments. Their report shall be presented at the Formal Council on 3 December in Brussels.

Moreover, the European Coordinator, together with his colleagues Karla Peijs and Kurt Bodewig, organised a trilateral meeting with Mr. Kamil Rudolecky, State Secretary of the Czech transport ministry. The three coordinators addressed the main critical issues that the Czech republic is facing along the three corridors that are crossing the country and offered their assistance, e.g. in initiating and moderating cross-border dialogues.

Furthermore, Mr. Grosch had the chance in Milano to have several dialogues with the Ministers and other high ministerial representatives of all countries along the Orient-East Med corridor as to strengthen the cooperation and to prepare the ground for the elaboration of the corridor work plan.

  • 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.

Participants: 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.