International discussions on rail freight transport through the Alps and environmental transport policy.

On the eve of the opening of the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the celebrations to mark the completion of the NRLA, President Simonetta Sommaruga met for talks with delegations from neighbouring countries. Those present agreed to continue efforts to promote the use of rail to transport freight and passengers internationally. Switzerland and its neighbouring countries also backed increased night train services as an alternative to air travel. PresidentSommaruga then took her colleagues on a tour of the north portal of the Ceneri Base Tunnel. She signed an agreement with her Italian counterpart on upgrading the rail line between the Simplon and Novara.

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