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Parliamentary questions
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8 June 2016
E-004697-16
Question for written answer E-004697-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Francesc Gambús (PPE) , Javi López (S&D) , Ernest Maragall (Verts/ALE) , Jordi Sebastià (Verts/ALE) , Josep-Maria Terricabras (Verts/ALE) , Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE) , Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Lack of investment in the Mediterranean Corridor
 Answer in writing 

A report by the European Court of Auditors has criticised the delays in constructing rail links serving ports, as well as Spain and France's failure to invest in projects in the Mediterranean Corridor. This failure to invest is exacerbating a lack of standardisation across the European rail network, as the Commission has already acknowledged in a report. Priority public investment would be needed to overcome the existing differences: as it stands there are two different gauges in place and three different voltages.

In Commissioner Bulc's answer to Written Question E-011826/2015, she said that the European Coordinator for the Mediterranean Corridor had identified this particular problem in his work plan, and he would address this question with the authorities of the two Member States.

— What is the Commission's view on the European Court of Auditors' report?

— What has been the outcome of the European Coordinator for the Mediterranean Corridor's discussions with the French and Spanish authorities?

— Will the Commission ask France and Spain to set aside an adequate part of their budget to finance projects designed to remedy these shortcomings?

Original language of question: ES 
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