The origins of the InterAlpes project

From the very beginning, transport has been one of the main themes of the C.A.F.I.'s activities and reflections. In 2003, this led to the creation of a Transport Laboratory and, between 2006 and 2008, to implementing the Alcotra "Cross-border Transalpine Traffic Observatory (OTTT) project (in partnership with the "Assemblée des Pays de Savoie", the "Région Autonome de la Vallée d'Aoste" and the "Sivom Pays du Mont Blanc").

Following the results obtained by the OTTT and due to the increase in reciprocal trade between France and Italy, the members of the C.A.F.I. are convinced that public policies in terms of regulations, pricing, allocation of resources and taxation on goods transport must necessarily be developed in a coordinated way over the whole Alpine area, by using a consultative approach involving local communities and the economic actors directly concerned.

On the basis of this convinction, the C.A.F.I. was enthusiastic in its welcome for the Confindustria Piemonte initiative to implement a new project on the theme of modal shifts and to present it in the Alcotra programme.

The evolution of this partnership has quite logically led to involving the equivalent of the Confindustria Piemonte in the Rhône-Alpes region (IPRA, the operator of the MEDEF Rhône-Alpine organization). InterAlpes more particularly offers solutions to issues concerning the development of companies represented by Confindustria Piemonte and IPRA. Optimizing mobility of goods which the project will encourage is one of the major conditions for promoting the competitiveness of Rhône-Alpes and Piedmont companies and one of the elements in the attractiveness of these regions for investors.

Moreover, the committees created on both sides of the border for giving support to the main communication corridors in Franco-Italian zones (the Comitato Transpadana and the Comité pour la Transalpine) have also been solicited. They have been working for many years on intermodality by promoting the new Lyon-Turin link. InterAlpes' concrete solutions for developing intermodality as from today will contribute to the success of the new rail-line between Lyon and Turin, dedicated to modal shifting.

In conclusion, it concerns a project:

  • That has been maturing for a number of years
  • That receives strong support from the NUTS III local communities directly on the border - and therefore participants in the Alcontra programme
  • That calls on private partners for obtaining concrete results of benefit to the whole economy of the zone concerned
  • That aims at reducing the amount of road transport for goods crossing the Franco-Italian Alps.