Meeting of the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) (July 7, 2015)

The Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission (IGC), a French-British body responsible for all issues regarding the Channel Tunnel, met on 2 July at the Quai d’Orsay. A genuine miniature-format international organization, the IGC supervises the operation of the tunnel and can also be used for appeals in the event of disputes. It is responsible for the safety of the cross-Channel Fixed Link.

It is currently chaired by Pascale Andréani, Head of the French Delegation.

Following the disruption to traffic in the Tunnel on the week of 30 June and several attempts by migrants to gain access to the Tunnel, the Commission has decided to closely examine the conditions under which security is provided at the Concession site. Furthermore, the Commission is overseeing the transposition into French and British law of Directive 2012/34 establishing a single European railway area. Finally, the Commission is working on authorizing new models of trains and shuttles and on updating the security rules in the tunnel, in line with European recommendations, in order to maintain maximum security levels for users.

For further information on the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission: http://blog.diplomatie.gouv.fr/The-Channel-Tunnel-a-model-of