The Minister for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Kingdom of Spain and the Government Plenipotentiary for the STH signed a Joint Declaration on Infrastructure Cooperation on Wednesday. As part of the 14th edition of the consultations, an advisory agreement was also signed between Centralny Port Komunikacyjny sp. z o.o. and the Spanish INECO.
Under the chairmanship of Prime Ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Pedro Sánchez, the 14th Polish-Spanish intergovernmental consultations took place on Wednesday, with the participation of the Government Plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub (STH), Secretary of State at the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, Marcin Horała. Within the framework of the transport sub-table, Deputy Minister Horała discussed in detail with the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Kingdom of Spain, Ms. Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, the results of the fruitful Polish-Spanish cooperation to date on the STH project and prospects for the future. Both parties agreed that there is very high potential for deepening cooperation not only in the high-speed rail sector, but also in the airport component of the STH project.
The best proof of the sense and added value of cooperation with Spanish partners is the fact that on the day of the 14th edition of the Polish-Spanish intergovernmental consultations, STH and the recognised Spanish engineering company INECO signed a commercial agreement for a peer review of the high-speed rail technical standards prepared by STH in cooperation with the Railway Research Institute. The foundation through which this agreement was made possible was the Memorandum of Cooperation between Poland and Spain, which I had the pleasure of signing with the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda during the previous Polish-Spanish intergovernmental consultations on 31 May 2021
The agreement for a peer review of the HSR technical standards was signed by the President of STH, Mikołaj Wilda, and the CEO of INECO, Sergio Vázquez Torrón. Company has to establish commercial cooperation with external entities with experience in the construction and operation of HSR systems in Europe with the aim of reviewing the Polish HSR Technical Standards developed by the Railway Research Institute and the Company.
The importance of Polish-Spanish cooperation to date on the STH topic, including in particular on the STH-INECO level, was underscored by the signing of a Joint Declaration between the Plenipotentiary for the STH, Marcin Horała, and the Minister for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Kingdom of Spain, Raquel Sánchez Jiménez. This is a continuation of the cooperation started last year, with the signing of the MoU, during consultations in Madrid.