Conference : Alternative financial instruments to improve public transports
3rd "Public Transport" Day of the Saarland Chamber of Labour
On 1 September 2017, the QuattroPole cities of Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken and Trier presented their urban modes of transport during the 3rd “Public Transport” Day of the Saarland Chamber of Labour (Arbeitskammer des Saarlandes). Following the presentation of the Luxembourg tramway project and of the Metz Mettis, discussions focused particularly on financial arrangements for public transport put in place in the QuattroPole cities, and especially on the “versement transport” (transport funding), a French initiative to fund public transport through a local tax on companies.
Conference on European transport corridors
On 20 September 2016, Metz played host to the representatives of the European Commission in charge of European transport corridors, Mr Peter Balazs and Mr Carlo Secchi, at a conference on cross-border mobility. Discussions focused on transporting passengers and goods within and outside the region, especially through the QuattroPole cities. Following a discussion about best practice with the Franco-Spanish cross-border region, current challenges and the various European financing methods for infrastructure construction were raised. This conference highlighted the growing willingness of QuattroPole to make its contribution to the development of cross-border mobility of both passengers and goods by rail.
With a view to supporting improvements to transport both inside and outside the Greater Region, QuattroPole takes part in major events:
- QuattroPole took part in the workshop organised by the “MORO” project, “Territorial Observation in Germany and Adjoining Regions”, on 28 November 2016 in Luxembourg. During the workshops, experts looked in depth at issues such as and (both of concern inside and outside the Greater Region).
- At the invitation of Bernhard Kaster, Member of the Bundestag, QuattroPole took part in a conference on connecting Trier to the German long-distance rail network, in Trier on 5 December 2016. An improved link from Trier and the Greater Region to Cologne and onwards to other major German conurbations is considered to be crucial for future European integration and economic development. Negotiations between political leaders and Deutsche Bahn are currently under way.
Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region
QuattroPole is participating in the Interreg V A Greater Region project “Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region” in its capacity as a methodological operator. The network of cities takes part in the biannual working meetings to ensure that the voices of Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken and Trier are heard during the project planning stage.
The Multimodal Model for Cross-Border Mobility
QuattroPole is monitoring the progress of the Interreg V A Greater Region project “The Multimodal Model for Cross-Border Mobility” (MMUST), being managed by the Tonicités network, within which the cities of Luxembourg and Metz are represented.