Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy seal infrastructure pact

(AGI) Genoa, Sept 12 - Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy sealed apact for the construction of common infrastructures at theMilan Expo on Saturday. "Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy havecommon development models and need to modernise theirinfrastructures and make them efficient. The world marches on,the Suez Canal has been doubled and the Swiss are doublingtheir mountain passes: Italy too must keep up pace," saidGiovanni Toti, the president of the Region of Liguria. Togetherwith Roberto Maroni and Sergio Chiamparino, respectively thepresidents of Lombardy and Piedmont, they reached a generalagreement on the strategic coordination and

(AGI) Genoa, Sept 12 - Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy sealed apact for the construction of common infrastructures at theMilan Expo on Saturday. "Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy havecommon development models and need to modernise theirinfrastructures and make them efficient. The world marches on,the Suez Canal has been doubled and the Swiss are doublingtheir mountain passes: Italy too must keep up pace," saidGiovanni Toti, the president of the Region of Liguria. Togetherwith Roberto Maroni and Sergio Chiamparino, respectively thepresidents of Lombardy and Piedmont, they reached a generalagreement on the strategic coordination and promotion of alogistic system in north-western Italy. "Europe's integrationcrisis must induce local authorities to make a great cohesiveeffort in order to achieve common growth and internationalcompetitiveness objectives," explained Mr Toti. The geographicarea lying between the North Tyrrhenian Sea and Bavaria, theso-called "Rhine-Alpine Corridor", includes Liguria, Piedmont,Lombardy, a large part of Switzerland and the German States ofBavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg and represents a market with anextraordinary potential if it proves capable of assuring thefree movement of goods and services, efficiency,competitiveness and compliance with the rules. The port ofGenoa, and more generally all Ligurian hub ports, represent abig opportunity to connect this area to international marketsif they succeed to become the main source of input for theRhine-Alpine Corridor while assuring efficiency andinternational competitiveness. Mr Toti added: "We're nottalking of infrastructures only serving Lombardy, Liguria andPiedmont but all of Italy, like the Frejus Pass and the ThirdPass, the rationalisation of the the three regions' motorwaynetworks, or like the big dyke in the Port of Genoa, which willserve to harbour increasingly larger ships. Let's say thatwe're now starting to think in terms of how the three regionswill be in twenty years' time." . .