Workshop “Connectivity in the Alpine Region: focus on intermodality of transport systems and maritime dimension”

Meeting topic: 

In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region - EUSALP 2019, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region is promoting the workshop

"Connectivity in the Alpine Region: Focus on Intermodality of Transport Systems and Maritime Dimension"
on 26 September 2019 from 9:00 to 17:45 at the Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste.

This event is intended as an opportunity for discussion and dialogue among the institutional representatives and key stakeholders in the transport sector coming from the EUSALP Countries and Regions. The goal is to enable a detailed examination of the relevant issues affecting the sustainable development of transport and mobility systems at the macroregional level. In line with the EUSALP Action Group 4 Mobility's objective of promoting inter-modality and interoperability in passenger and freight transport, particular attention and focus will be placed on the following topics:

  • the maritime dimension and links between the port network and the intermodal transport system of the Alpine Region; 
  • innovative solutions for integrated transport systems and ICT applications;
  • new forms of cooperation;
  • “missing links”;
  • accessibility in remote areas;
  • measures towards a more efficient and integrated policy and financial instruments to reinforce cross-border and transnational cooperation. 


09.00 – 10.00        Registration – Welcome coffee                                           

10.00 – 10.30        Opening and welcome addresses

  • Graziano Pizzimenti, Minister for Infrastructure of Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region
  • Marco Peronaci, EUSALP Italian Presidency 2019 – EUSALP National Coordinator - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Zeno D’Agostino, President of the Italian Port Network Authority- Eastern Adriatic Sea and ESPO Vice-Chairman
  • Patrick Skoniezki, EGTC European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino and Olivier Margouet, Région Sud - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, EUSALP AG4 Co-Leaders


10.30 –  10.55  Keynote speech “EU priorities and financial instruments supporting sustainable and reinforcement of freight transport in the EUSALP area”

  • Julián Espina, Project Manager, European Commission - Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

10.55 – 11.15 Keynote speech “Intermodal connections and the Ports system: strategies for the development of the EUSALP area in the perspective of 2030 trends”   

  • Alessandro Panaro, Head of Maritime & Energy Research Area – SRM Italian Research Center for Economic Studies (Intesa San Paolo Banking Group)

11.15 – 12.45  Round table “Logistic platforms at macroregional scale and future challenges: best practices and experiences”

Moderator: Alessandro Panaro

  • Federica Montaresi, Head of Studies, Special Projects and Innovation, Port of La Spezia
  • Andrej Cah, Management Board advisor for multimodal transport, Port of Koper
  • Alberto Milotti, Managing Director of ZAILOG - Interporto Quadrante Europa Verona
  • Erik Regter, Spokesman of the board, Rail Cargo Austria                                                                                               

12.45 – 13.15 Q&A and Wrap – up

13.15 – 14.30  Light Lunch


14.30 – 14.55  Keynote speech “EU policies and financial instruments for mobility of passengers and transport sustainability in the EUSALP area”

  • Julián Espina, Project Manager, European Commission - Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

14.55 – 15.15  Keynote speech “Development of sustainable passenger mobility in the EUSALP area”  

  • Oliviero Baccelli, Director of Master in Management and Economy of Transport, Logistic and Infrastructures, Bocconi University Milan and Senior Advisor PTSCLAS

15.15 – 16.45  Round table “The sustainable mobility for passengers in the Alpine Region: scenarios at macroregional scale” 

Moderator: Oliviero Baccelli

  • Sergio Chiarandini, Director of the public regional and local transport, Department for Infrastructures and Territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region 
  • Elisa Nannetti, Director of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Division for Passengers of TRENITALIA
  • Ekkehard Allinger-Csollich, Head of the Department of Transport Planning of Tyrol Region
  • Cesare Paonessa, Director of APM - Public Transport Authority of the Piedmont Region
  • Katrin Augustin, KCW (Berlin), ARPAF Project “CrossBorder”

16.45 – 17.15  Q&A and  Wrap – up

17.15 – 17.45  FINAL CONCLUSIONS

  • ​Luca Marchesi, EUSALP Italian Presidency 2019
  • ​Graziano Pizzimenti, Minister for Infrastructures and Territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region

Working language: English (simultaneous interpreting into Italian will be provided)

Online registration will remain open until 24th September and subject to seating availability.

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The outcomes of the workshop are documented and available online!

Savoia Excelsior Palace, Trieste