Creation date: October 22, 2013
The 2013 TEN-T Days, held between 16 and 18 October in Tallinn (Estonia), were a great success, attracting around 1,200 participants to the many venues in the Estonian capital. The event, which saw the participation of 50 TEN-T exhibitors coordinated by the TEN-T EA, carried the title of "On the road to the new TEN-T" and aimed at presenting to stakeholders the nine new pan-European Corridors as well as engaging in debates about all the aspects related to transport and projects.
A wealth of speakers presented key TEN-T issues like innovation and new technologies, Inland waterway potential on the network, investment in Cohesion countries and much more. European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas officially opened the conference on 17 October and participated in a closed ministerial session with transport ministers especially convened at the event. Furthermore, he also officially handed over 32 project funding decisions to the corresponding national ministers, to reinforce the link between what is done at EU level and actual projects on the ground.
In one of the closing speeches of the conference, MEP Brian Simpson, who chairs the European Parliament's Transport Committee, reinforced the point by saying that "National governments have to start to think pan-European". Mr Kallas, speaking immediately after, concentrated more on the new 2014-2020 financing period, stressing that for EU support "We will focus on the projects with the highest EU added value".
You can find all the information on the 2013 TEN-T Days on the conference's website.