Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) aims to establish European connections and to be a European operator, stated Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of FS, during the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, where he has announced the release of the new FS Group Business Plan in the near future. Mazzoncini confirmed that FS is seeking for partnerships in other countries. “We have an interest in the Paris-Brussels line”, he said mentioning the recent trilateral agreement to achieve, at the end of 2017, the Milan-Zurich-Frankfurt line.
This is part of an international expansion that include the acquisition of Trainose, the Greek passenger and freight rail transport company which is under privatization by the Greek government. In this case the signing is expected at the end of September, while on the 1st of January 2017 the shares transfer will be carried.
Furthermore Trenitalia, in consortium with a local transport company, is going to take part in the UK rail franchise tender, for the Intercity West Coast franchise (a line between London and Edinburgh).
On the margins of the Ambrosetti Forum, the FS’ CEO met with the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkocich. They discussed about the cooperation between the Italian and Russian Railways, started on July 6th with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. This MoU provides the mutual development of projects for the construction and modernization of the railway infrastructure, in addition to the products and services provision for logistics and transport of freight and passengers.
The agreement also provides the cooperation in the construction of Russian high-speed lines, as well as joint projects for the achievement of new railway infrastructures in other countries.
Similar cooperation agreements have been reached with the Japanese Railways.