Mobility and Transport

Infrastructure - TEN-T - Connecting Europe

Pat Cox

Pat Cox

Pat Cox was born in Ireland in Dublin on 28 November 1952.

Previous assignments

1974-1982: Economist

1982–1986: Television broadcaster

1989–2004: Member of the European Parliament

1992–1994: Member of Dáil Éireann, Irish Parliament

1998–2002: President of the ELDR Group in the European Parliament

2002–2004: President of the European Parliament

2005–2011: President of the European Movement International

Current tasks

Since 2010: President Former Members Association, European Parliament

Since 2010: European Coordinator for TEN-T Priority Project No. 1 – the railway axis Berlin-Verona/Milan-Bologna-Naples-Messina-Palermo.

Since 2012: Member of European Parliament special mission to Ukraine with Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, monitoring issues of selective justice. 

  • President, Alliance Française, Dublin
  • Chairman of the Board, Limerick City of Culture 2014
  • Chairman Advisory Board MBS International Public Policy and Diplomacy, University College Cork
  • Vice President of the European Movement Ireland
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Friends of Europe, Brussels
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Edmund Rice Schools Trust, Dublin
  • Member of the Board, Third Age Foundation, Dublin/Meath
  • Patron of the Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, Limerick
  • Patron the Federation for Victim Assistance, Ireland
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Michelin, France
  • Member European Advisory Council Liberty Global, Netherlands

In 2004 he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize for his achievements with regard to the enlargement of the European Union and for his work in promoting greater EU democratisation.

Mr Cox holds national honours bestowed by the Presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania; and Honorary Doctorates from Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, the University of Limerick, the Open University and the American College Dublin.

On 12th March 2014 Mr Cox was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor, a multimodal corridor linking the major urban centres in Scandinavia to the Mediterranean passing through Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sicily and Malta and integrating the former Priority Project No. 1 .

Contact Mr Pat Cox 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.