Since 1986: Member of the national bureau of the CSP and of the European bureau of EPP
Since 1 July 2014 Mr Grosch is the European Coordinator for the TEN-T Orient-East Med Corridor.
Contact Mr Mathieu Grosch here.
- Mission to Brussels, 13 January 2016
Mr Grosch participated in several meetings, as follows:
- Meeting of Coordinator Grosch with Mr Ruijters to discuss cross border investments and contacts with the EP chairman about CEF results.
- Meeting with Mr Ouaki to discuss PPP investments in the corridor and the EUROSTAT and DG ECFIN public debt policy for EFSI investments. A contact will be taken with the cabinet of Cssr Thyssen to seek their views on the EUROSTAT interpretation issues
- Meeting at DG NEAR with the Western Balkans Team to take stock of the current situation as well as the investment procedures linking the different worldwide players. The importance of the soft measures has been highlighted. Participation to the upcoming WB6 ministerial meeting in Brussels and the WB6 transport summit in Paris early July have been discussed.
- Meeting with Mr Henning Finck, representative of the Kamer Union Elbe/Oder and of the Chamber of Commerce of Hamburg, 25 February 2015, in Brussels
On 25th February 2015 Mr Grosch met Mr Finck with the aim of being presented the point of view of the professional organisations members of the Kamer Union about the navigability problems of the Elbe river and its Seite Kanal. Mr Finck described the difficult situation in which the members of the Kamer Union are and the absence of any decision-making process or progress. They are concerned about the absence of the Elbe/Oder works in the German BWV plan. He stressed that, if the topic is not included in the new version of this year, nothing will happen over the 10 coming years and it will be damageable for the transport of freight on the Elbe. Mr Grosch agreed to meet the organisation during his visit to Dresden-Prague area scheduled for end April 2015.
- Meeting with Mr Heiko Loroff, CEO of the Sachsische Binnehäfen OberElbe and with Ms Kathrin Obst, Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), 24 February 2015, in Brussels
Mr Grosch met Mr Loroff and Ms Obst on 24th February, in order to become acquainted with the situation on the Elbe river in Sachsen and along the border of the Czech Republic. Mr Loroff presented the local situation related to the navigability of the Elbe and the concept of new ships allowing for longer navigability periods. He also presented the particularities of the 7 ports managed by Sachsische Binnehäfen OberElbe, including their handling capacities.
It was agreed that some ports and locks would be visited during the official visit of Mr Grosch to Dresden-Prague area scheduled for end of April 2015.
Meeting with Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman Deutsche Bahn AG, 17 February 2015, in Frankfurt
On 17th February 2015, several European Coordinators visited the premises of Deutsche Bahn (DB) in Frankfurt, accompanied by Mr João Aguiar Machado, Director-General of DG MOVE, and their advisors. The meeting, hosted by Mr Grube, was followed by a visit to the operational center of Schenker and by a meeting with the board of Schenker Logistics and of DB Netze.
The meetings referred to Corridor Work Plans, CEF Call and discussions on the Juncker Plan.
- Visit to the European Parliament, 11-12 February 2015, Strasbourg
On 11th February 2015 Mr Grosch met Ms Ayala Sender (SED) and Mr Boege (PPE) and exchanged views about the Juncker Plan and the funding possibilities for transport from ESIF (European Structural and Investment Fund). They also discussed about its potential impact on the CEF Regulation. On 12th February 2015 Mr Grosch met the ALDE group members in order to explain the role and responsibilities of the TEN-T Corridor Coordinators. The Coordinator also met the representatives of EP President Martin Schulz Cabinet and discussed the needed European investments in transport, and the state of play of the CEF Regulation and ESIF. With the occasion of this visit to the European Parliament, Mr Grosch also took the opportunity to meet Mr Riquet, MEP and Ms Sender, MEP, in order to prepare his hearing in the ECON EP Committee.
- Participation in Coordinators Seminar and meeting with EIB, 15-16 January 2015, in Luxembourg
Mr Grosch attended the Coordinators Seminar on 15-16 January. The first afternoon was devoted to exchanges between coordinators about the content of the upcoming seminars in 2015, as well as the best way to prepare the annual activity report and to meet the European Parliament for the hearing to present the report and the corridor work plans.
The second day allowed for presentations by EIB on the funding possibilities under the Juncker investment plan. Exchanges of views took place with the EIB about the use of CEF funding and the complementarity of action with the EIB initiatives. A meeting between Mr Grosch and the Jasper facility will take place soon in order to discuss cross-border facilitation initiatives and support from EIB.
- 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.
- Meeting with Minister of Transport of the Länder of Saxony Roland Werner, Mr Ch. Lang and Mr T. Brand, 22 October 2014, Saxony liaison office, Brussels
On 22nd October 2014 Mr Grosch met Mr Roland Werner, Minister of Transport of the Länder of Saxony, in order to discuss two items on the Orient-East Med corridor: the Elbe river navigability improvements and the HSL between Dresden and Prague. The Minister highlighted the good situation of motorways and airports in Saxony. Railway upgrades are the main priorities for the connection to Prague but also the hinterland to Berlin and the north of Germany. As regards the Elbe river, the environmental aspects must be considered. Mr Grosch explained the strategic importance for the TEN-T to improve the navigability conditions of the Elbe. It is a main bottleneck for the hinterland connections with Hamburg and Bremerhaven. The Minister acknowledged the importance of the navigability problems on the Elbe and supported the view that railways and motorways to the north of Germany are fully congested by trucks. The use of the Elbe is a way out of this situation. The Minister highly appreciates the ongoing work of the coordinators and the principle of the Corridor Forum and the new working group for the regions involved along the OEM corridor.
- Participation in the Coordinators seminar, 21 October 2014, Brussels
On 21st October 2014 Mr Grosch attended the seminar for coordinators organised by MOVE B1. This seminar was an opportunity to discuss Innovative financing tools in the presence of representatives of EIB and Mr Christophersen. Mr Junker's initiative about the 300b€ available to re-launch the EU economy has been discussed and comments were made in the perspective of the existing possibilities for the TEN-T.
The afternoon session was devoted to a meeting with the transport associations and representative bodies. This meeting was an opportunity to inform most of the Brussels-based associations about the new TEN-T corridor approach and their perspectives. Mr Grosch made a brief presentation on the multi-level stakeholder approach with the example of the Elbe river. A very open debate between the coordinators and the association's representatives took place. This meeting has been highly appreciated by all parties. It has been announced that the 9 corridor reports would be published early November on europa website in order to collect comments and proposals before drafting the 9 corridor work plans.
- Visit to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), 15 October 2014, Brussels
Mr Grosch met the management of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in Brussels on 15 October 2014. The aim of this meeting was to take stock about INEA's responsibilities in the management of CEF funding in the field of transport. Several exchanges of views and questions have been raised during the meeting, which was very informative and useful for the Coordinator.
- Participation in International Road Transport Union's (IRU) workshop on multimodal passengers terminals, 14 October 2014, Hotel Renaissance, Brussels
On 14 October, IRU organised a workshop on multimodal passenger terminals, with the objective of discussing the importance of multimodal terminal infrastructure and the lack of bus and coach terminals in Europe, but also to showcase best practices and recommend short and long-term policy and business priorities. Mr Grosch was invited to participate in a round table on operational aspects leading to the preparation of a position paper by IRU, and to deliver the conclusions of the workshop, based on his perspective regarding the possibilities of investment funding and decision-making regarding multimodal passenger terminals and coach stations.
- Visit to Romania: meeting with the Romanian Minister of Transports, Mr. Ioan Rus, and with the management of CFR (Romanian national railway company), and speaker in the Railways Days conference, 7-8 October 2014, in Bucharest
On 8 October Mr Grosch met Mr Ioan Rus, Romanian Minister of Transports. Topics included CEF and Cohesion funding opportunities and priorities for the Orient-East/Med corridor, and the Romanian Transport Master Plan. Mr Grosch advised the Minister to try to benefit fom the public consultation and reminded him about the EU environmental and TEN-T objectives linked to the obtaining of future funding under the cohesion funds and CEF.
On 7 and 8 October, Mr Grosch delivered two speeches in the plenary sessions on governance, respectively on infrastructure development, in the Railways Days conference. He also had bilateral meetings with several Romanian and regional stakeholders participating in this event, and participated in the technical visit of the new metro station infrastructure currently under construction at the borders of Bucharest.
With this occasion, Mr Grosch also met Mr Jean Nicolaos (CFR Director for International Affairs and Mass-Media), with whom he had an exchange on railway priorities on the Orient-East/Med Corridor. Mr Nicolaos was invited to participate actively in the Corridor Forum meetings.
- 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 [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 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 Mr Zsolt BECSEY, Deputy State Secretary for Transport of Hungary, together with Coordinator Peijs
Exchanges of views on the Hungarian priorities for the corridor in the years to come. A special attention has been paid for the Danube issues. The common project with Slovakia on bridge Komaron/Komarno which is of high priority for Hungary and is likely to be submitted to first CEF Call. Also the southern rail link of Budapest for freight is also quite important for Hungary. Minister Becsey also mentioned the need to address the issue of the border crossings with Romania.
Meeting with Mr Marios DEMETRIADES, Minister for Transport and Public Works of Cyprus
Minister Demetriades explained the vision of developing Cyprus as a hub in the Mediterranean. The minister showed interest in using financial instruments, in particular project bonds, but asked for support to implement them, as Cyprus has no experience with them.
Meeting with Ms Nikolina ANGELKOVA, Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria, together with Coordinator Peijs
Projects on the Danube in cooperation with Romania were discussed. As regards the rail connections, the minister confirmed that the project Vidin-Medkovets is progressing with an ongoing design study. The planning foresees 160 km/h only where the terrain allows easy implementation; in mountainous regions, lower speeds (100 km/h) would be implemented. The need to improve the connection from Sofia to Greece has also been reminded.
Meeting with Mr Michalis PAPADOPOULOS, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Greece
Views have been exchanged about the development and implementation of the Orient-East Med corridor in Greece.
Meeting with Mr Zoltan ISTVAN, Secretary of State of Romania
Mr Istvan explained that political support is necessary to further develop the corridor in Romania. Coordinator Grosch stressed the need to develop the cross-border sections.
- 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.
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.