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Parliamentary questions
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22 March 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-001529/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Annalisa Tardino (ID), Anna Bonfrisco (ID)
 Subject: Bridge over the Strait of Messina – priority and funding

The following premises should be taken into account as regards the above issue:

– the advancement of existing corridors, as set out in the TEN-T Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013;

– the importance of the whole of the Scandinavia–Mediterranean corridor, which runs throughout Italy and needs a solution to ensure continuity for Sicily;

– the importance of connecting Sicily to the rest of the continent, especially in view of the connectivity difficulties which affect all modes;

– the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the recent agreement between Parliament and Council on the CEF;

In addition, the following considerations should be taken into account:

– rail transport would constitute an important alternative to other, more polluting modes, and would thus be in line with the objectives of the Green Deal;

– the link would have a significant impact on trade, tourism and employment;

– the Commission plans to publish the revision of the corridors in the third quarter of 2021;

In view of the above:

1. Does the Commission consider the ‘Bridge over the Strait of Messina’ project to be important and a priority for the corridor as a whole?

2. Does it intend to include and boost the priority of this project and similar projects to connect islands in the upcoming TEN-T review?

3. Which instruments does the Commission consider most appropriate to finance the work under the MFF (CEF, ERDF, InvestEU, etc.) and NGEU, within the time limits allowed?


(1)This question is supported by Members other than the authors: Marco Campomenosi (ID), Francesca Donato (ID), Stefania Zambelli (ID), Lucia Vuolo (ID)
Original language of question: IT
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