The Minister of public works, town planning and transport of the Government of Aragon, Alfonso Vicente, spoke to the political Bureau of the Conference of peripheral and maritime regions (CPMR), group Intercomisiones ten-T, meeting that took place in Caen (France). In his speech, Minister stressed the importance that this Bureau has dedicated an area to the accessibility of the regions and stressed, in this regard, the role of the Central crossing of the Pyrenees (TCP).
Vincent has acknowledged that during the last decades Europe enjoys "a safer and more sustainable network that allows greater mobility". "However, the Adviser reminded that there is still"a long way to ensure that all European citizens and all the companies have, irrespective of the place in which they reside or are located,"with a quality and a level of service appropriate to their needs".
Taking advantage of this Conference, he pointed out that transport is a basic factor to develop productive activities. "The peripheral and maritime regions are the doors of the European Union." We are fundamental territories for the establishment of social, cultural and economic contacts with the rest of the world. "And that is why we must have effective connections," said.
As an example the counselor has argued its support for the Central crossing of the Pyrenees. In his argument, the Aragonese Adviser pointed out that each year more than 240 million tonnes crossing the Pyrenees, or what is the same, more than 20,000 trucks pass daily through roads and coastal highways in the Pyrenees with destination to France which causes serious circulation problemsas well as environmental shortcomings and security.
"We can not accept that this situation is perpetuated, especially in sensitive environments such as the Pyrenees, is not understandable that there are no cross-border passage, under appropriate conditions, in the almost 500 kilometres in length which means the Pyrenean massif", said companies in a stronger and more solid position to compete against the rest and create jobsnoted the Aragon counsel.