TRAN Committee Study: Chinese Investments in European Maritime Infrastructure
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The Tran Committee has commissioned a study pertaining to Chinese investment in European maritime infrastructure.
A brief non-exhaustive overview of the findings in no particular order:
• According to the analysis, investments in one European maritime infrastructure raise the risks for the entire EU. The risk appears to rise in direct proportion to the size of the investment: the larger a Chinese enterprise’s stake in a European marine infrastructure, the greater the hazards and their implications.
•The danger scenarios envisioned in the study point to a complex environment that is neither ‘business as usual’ nor ‘apocalyptic hyperbole’. Some dangers are likely to necessitate more monitoring and enforcement of current legislation, while others will necessitate moderate reform or coordination between European Institutions and Member States, and still others will necessitate more sophisticated remedies.
• A proposal for a European maritime cabotage law is required. There is already an EU answer for aviation and land, but not for maritime. As a result, EU solutions for air and land provide the foundation for enacting a pan-EU maritime cabotage regulation that might apply to non-EU vessels.
• Data and analysis on Chinese presence in cyber/data management in ports are lacking, as is risk analysis. More research into the hazards of Chinese enterprises’ involvement in cyber and data security in vital infrastructures would provide a solid foundation for informing Member States and developing related policies.
The full study is linked below.
France, Germany and Luxembourg agree to abolish levies on the Moselle
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Germany, France, and Luxembourg have agreed to end Moselle navigation fees on July 1, 2025. In doing so, the three countries are putting an end to an agreement that has been in place since 1964, when the main shipping route Moselle was launched.
The International Moselle Commission, based in Trier, is in charge of Moselle navigation. It is made up of three riparian countries: Germany, France, and Luxembourg. The commission’s objective is to coordinate shipping concerns and promote Moselle shipping interests.The International Moselle Society will be disbanded as well as the levies, according to the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMDV). It was in charge of the development of the Moselle in the previous century, as well as the distribution of levies. This will have no effect on the construction of the second lock chambers on the German Moselle. The construction, according to the BMDV, is an important measure to boost the capacity and dependability of the transit route.
Rhine Alpine Talk #15 Perspectives of the Merger
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Rhine Alpine Talk #15 Perspectives of the Merger – Towards a new North-Sea-Rhine-Mediterranean Corridor
The 15th edition of the Rhine Alpine Talks on October 13th 11.00 – 12.30 h, tackles the topic of the upcoming Merger of the two TEN-T corridors and the resulting consequences and ramifications for the corridor stakeholders. The integration of the nine Core Network Corridors with the eleven Rail Freight Corridors in a common set of ‘European Transport Corridors’ constitutes a major element of the revised TEN-T proposal. The Rhine-Alpine Corridor is proposed to be merged with the North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor to form one major European transport corridor.
While striving for maximum stability of the existing TEN-T network, this merger brings certain challenges such as the identification of an extended core network, which has been fully integrated into the corridors.
The purpose of this event is to enable key stakeholders of the corridor to present their perspectives and expectations on the upcoming merger from their unique positions, be it from a regional, macroregional, transport, or logistics point-of-view.
This event is held in an online roundtable format with 4-5 participants and one moderator, wherein a discussion follows after opening statements of each participant (3-4 minutes each).
Programme Oct. 13th
11.00 h Introduction of the Speakers
11.10 h Opening Statements of the Speakers
11:30 h Panel discussion
12:15 h Final statements
12.30 h End
- Coordinator’s/Macroregional perspective
Professor Péter Balázs, Coordinator North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor
- Rail Freight Corridor Perspective
Marc Adler, Rail Freight Corridor Rhine-Alpine EEIG
- Inland Waterways Perspective
Karin De Schepper, Inland Navigation Europe
- Passenger Transport Perspective
Paul Leslie, Association Trans Europe TGV
- Southern Perspective:
Luca Zanetta, Uniontrasporti
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