Valencian business elite presses in Madrid to accelerate the Mediterranean Corridor

A poster in the middle of Paseo de la Castellana, the traffic axis of Madrid, where the main ministries are concentrated. “The traffic jams in the Castellana are nothing. The Mediterranean Corridor has been stuck for 25 years,” reads the banner promoted by the Valencian business elite that seeks to make its demand and have a rail corridor that runs not only for their community, but throughout the Levantine coast.

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The reason for this poster is that next week they have called in Madrid the fifth annual event in which they will demand this political promise that has been talked about for years but has not materialized.

The project, in general terms, seeks to unite all the Spanish Mediterranean cities (Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Malaga) with the rest of Europe, that is to say, a railway network that links from the French border to Algeciras and that allows to accelerate the transport of goods and tourism.

Behind this initiative is the #QuieroCorredor Movement, which is driven by the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs (AVE) and that recognizes, through a statement, that the canvas “will draw the attention of public opinion and influence the political agenda”.

Who is driving the act?

In the AVE are present some of the main Valencian business figures, as the president and founder of Mercadona, Juan Roig; the president of Boluda Corporación Marítima, Vicente Boluda; or Pedro López, the president of Chocolates Valor, among others.

With a view to the act of vindication of the next week, in total, are called cerca 1,000 executives, including Roig and Boluda, the latter of whom is the president of this business organization. Along with them, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, president of Caixabank; Antonio Garamendi, president of the CEOE; or José Luis Bonet, president of Cámara España.

In addition, the organization indicates that the event will be attended by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez; the presidents of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, the Government of the Region of Murcia, Javier López Miras, the Minister of Development of the Junta de Andalucía, Marifrán Carazo and the Government Commissioner for the development of the Mediterranean Corridor in Spain, Josep Vicent Boira.

This organization ensures that the actor will serve to take stock of the state of implementation of the works of the Mediterranean Corridor and identify the actions and pending deadlines for the work to be finished in the time set for the year 2025, indicate.

As for how is this project, a few days ago, the minister Raquel Sanchez, said that the Valencian Community will receive 377 million euros, under the General State Budget, now in parliamentary procedure, in order to invest in the Mediterranean Corridor. And that, currently, there are two projects under study, a tunnel and a double platform, four international gauge tracks, which will link Valencia and Castellón and whose cost could exceed 2,000 million euros.

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