Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has asked France and the European Union to rediscuss the plans for the Lyon-Turin rail link and the distribution of costs. France holds firm in its belief that the planned rail link is worthwhile.

Backed by France and Italy for almost three decades already, the Lyon-Turin rail link is underpinned by a bilateral treaty ratified in 2017, and has secured European funding for 40% of the budget for building the cross-border tunnel. France reiterates its commitment to honour the pledges made and the project delivery dates.

Building of the cross-border tunnel and its French access points has been included in the investment planning outlined in the framework mobility bill. The Minister for Transport of France has set an in-depth work process in motion with the local authorities for the delivery of the French access points.

France respects the Italian government’s wishes to engage in discussions on this project and is open to holding talks between partners.


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