On February 26, 2015, the three ports of Paris, Rouen and Le Havre submitted five files to the European Commission to request subsidies for the first European call for proposals as part of the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’.
This first call for proposals is budgeted at more than US$12.6 million.
The ports of the Seine corridor claim for more than $42 million of European subsidies to feed projects that include nine multimodal transport corridors.
Nicolas Occis, President of Haropa, said “the common strategy to our three ports aims at strengthening Haropa’s position in the heart of the transport corridors. Haropa is now recognised as a committed and trail-blazing player in the implementation of a multimodal action plan at the scale of a transport corridor.”
Antoine Berbain, Haropa’s Deputy Executive Director said this approach to the European Commission reflects “our clear will to integrate all transport modes in the economic and ecological development of the Seine artery; that’s the reason why we also support two other projects, which are strategic for Haropa: upgrading the rail connection from Gisors to Serqueux (a file submitted by Réseau Ferré de France) and lengthening the RN406 to get access to the port of Bonneuil-sur-Marne (a project backed by the Paris Area Regional and Inter-departmental Equipment and Development Directorate).”