Croatia and Spain to Cooperate on Mediterranean Rail Corridor

By 25 January 2018

ZAGREB, January 25, 2018 - The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure and the Spanish rail manager ADIF on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to establish cooperation in developing a Mediterranean rail corridor, one of the EU's nine main transport corridors, the Croatian company HŽ Infrastruktura said on Thursday.

The memorandum was signed in Madrid by a Croatian delegation led by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Nikolina Brnjac.

The visit by the Croatian delegation was prompted by an initiative of the two countries to promote together the development of their rail sectors.

The two sides agreed on cooperation in sector planning, implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), development of intermodal transport and development of logistics areas and cargo terminals.

The two countries will also cooperate in planning, designing, building and maintaining railway energy, signalling and communication systems, and their representatives also discussed cooperation in developing railway stations, the Croatian Ministry said in a statement.

The Croatian delegation also met with representatives of the Spanish Ministry of Transport and Construction to discuss possibilities of cooperation in the future expansion of the Mediterranean corridor. This is an initiative in which Croatia wants the Mediterranean corridor, aside from the proposal to include Ploče, to cover also the Lika railway to connect the ports of Zadar, Šibenik and Split with the corridor, the Ministry statement said.