During the 21st EU-China Summit, the Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc, and the Chinese delegation signed an agreement for a joint study on sustainable rail-based Comprehensive Transport Corridors between Europe and China.
The study will assess the current situation of railway corridors between China and Europe and analyse these corridors’ problems, in terms of hard connectivity and soft connectivity. The study will propose the most sustainable corridors and, as a result, the related key projects. All relevant countries will be consulted during the implementation of the study.
By the end of April, the two sides shall jointly identify and priorities the missing links and bottlenecks, the way the capacity of the hubs can be improved as well as the quality of transport services.
To enhance the independency of the research, both sides agree to invite a third party with practical working experience and professional capacity to carry out the joint study.
The study will be elaborated under the EU-China Connectivity Platform which promotes synergies between TEN-T and One Belt, One Road initiative.
It is expected that by the end of 2019 project planning, construction and promote cooperation agreements will be signed.
The Chinese delegation was led by Ma Qiang, the Deputy Director General of Infrastructure Development Department at National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), delegated by Chinese Co-chair He Lifeng, Vice Chairman of National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of NDRC, and comprised of officials from NDRC and China Development Bank.