The TEN-T Core Mediterranean Corridor will link ports in the south western Mediterranean region to the Ukrainian border with Hungary through the South East of France, crossing the Alps towards the North of Italy and through Slovenia. This corridor of more than 5.000 km, crosses six countries and 21 European (NUTS-2) regions. There are 12 maritime core network ports, 3 inland core network ports and 16 core network airports on the corridor.
The Mediterranean Corridor is a transversal line that crosses Europe from the East to the West and is interconnected with most of the other corridors. It is connected to the Atlantic Corridor in Madrid; to the North Sea – Mediterranean Corridor in Lyon and Marseille; to the Rhine-Alpine Corridor in Novara and Milan; to the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor in Verona; to the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor in Venice, Bolonia and Ravena; and to Orient/East-Med and Rhin- Danube in Budapest.
The development of the long term objectives of the TEN-T and, in particular, the development of the corridors that shall enable a coordinated implementation of the Core Network is one of the most important objectives of the Commission Implementing Decision C(2012) 8510.
The implementation of the Mediterranean Corridor must comprise:
- Multimodal aspects considering the road, rail, air, inland navigation and maritime navigation modes and their integration, interconnection and interoperability.
- The development of the “green corridor” concept including the development of new technologies and techniques, intermodal solutions, service optimization and the measurement of the “greener” activities.
- Determining the investment options considering public and private funds synergies and the main bottlenecks that limit the development of services along the corridor.
- The development of managerial structures, considering the multimodal character of the corridor in which all the corridor stakeholders will be represented.