The action will help to develop and strengthen the coastal motorways in the eastern Mediterranean area, particularly the Trieste-Ancona-Igoumenitsa corridor, by promoting the development of port infrastructure at the three ports involved, of the rail-road terminal at Trieste-Fernetti and Igoumenitsa, and of the support facilities, for their further integration. This is so that the coastal motorways corridor can be fully integrated into freight transport chains, thus increasing competitiveness and trade between the EC and the south-eastern Mediterranean,
and contributing to reaching the TEN-T priorities. The Intermodal Adriatic-Ionian corridor is one of the most-used in the wider Eastern Mediterranean area and has an extensive, long-running supply of ro-ro and ro-pax services. The upgrading of port infrastructure will allow the concentration of traffic flows and will thus increase the volumes of production and the related market area by promoting modal transfer and efficient connections between the ports and the hubs in the surrounding areas.