The European conference on “Decarbonising mobility: the future of transport infrastructure financing”, organised as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, was held on 22 February 2022. Despite the difficulties caused by the ongoing health situation, representatives from 15 European Union countries took part in this day, either at the Maison de la Chimie or remotely.
We are pleased to have been able to benefit from contributions by Christophe Béchu (President of AFIT France, the French transport infrastructure financing agency), Gilles Roussel (President of Université Gustave Eiffel), Herald Ruijters (Director at DG MOVE, European Commission), Fabienne Keller (Member of the European Parliament), Philippe Duron (Co-President of TDIE), Anne-Marie Idrac (Chairwoman of France Logistique), Dirk Beckers (Director of CINEA), Marc Vanderhaegen (Head of unit, CINEA), Torsten Böger (Head of Financing Division, Autobahn GmbH), Tomáš Blecha (Deputy Director SFDI, Czech Republic), Björn Hasselgren (Senior Advisor to the Swedish Transport Administration), Hélène Jacquot- Guimbal (Co-founder of Université Gustave Eiffel), Jérôme Dezobry (Chairman of the Management Board of the Seine-Nord Europe Canal Society), Nicolas Hautière (Director COSYS Department, Université Gustave Eiffel), Michel Neugnot (President of the French Regions Transport and Mobility Committee), Todd Litman (Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Policy Transport Institute), Jose Manuel Vassallo (Professor in the Department of Transportation Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), David Zambon (Director of Infrastructure for Transport and Materials at Cerema), Péter Balázs (Coordinator of the North Sea – Mediterranean Corridor), Dominique Riquet (Member of the European Parliament), David Valence (Chairman of the Council for the Orientation of Infrastructures), Thierry Goger (Secretary-General of the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories), Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (Minister Delegate for Transport, attached to the Minister of the Ecological Transition) and the two winning teams from the European Hackathon.
The financing of transport infrastructure is a real concern when it comes to thinking about and building sustainable, durable and inclusive mobility. For this reason, we were keen to initiate a dialogue between transport infrastructure financing institutions, scientists and public stakeholders. Following the success of this first step, we hope that this dialogue will continue during future meetings and that we will have the pleasure of meeting you there.
In order to make the contributions available to as many people as possible, we will publish the proceedings of this conference, in good time for the TEN-T days in June.