The Spanish Ministry of Defense signs a transport agreement with the rail operator RENFE. Image: Spain’s Defense Minister/Official Flickr
THE Secretary of State for Defense, María Amparo Valcarce, and the President of RENFE, Isaías Táboas, signed on Monday September 19 an agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Defense and RENFE for the transport of goods and personnel.
The agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Defense and train operator RENFE now runs until 2026 after being signed at Buenavista Palace, the headquarters of the army headquarters.
“This agreement is of the greatest interest to the armed forces,” Valcarce said.
“Because it is a strategic collaboration that will allow the movement of goods and people to continue to be carried out safely, quickly and efficiently, and which also provides for the training of the staff of the Army’s railway units, which will celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2017 and 2022. “
The Secretary of State for Spanish Defense added that “given the current challenges our society is facing, the international, geopolitical and energy situation, the commitment to rail transport is a safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly option.”
It is estimated that the level of credit will be very similar over the years that the agreement is in place, with an expected amount of around EUR 103 million.
With the signing of this agreement, the members of the Bundeswehr should also be given concrete measures to reconcile family and work, such as reduced fares, the Ministry of Defense announced.
Due to their nature and availability, active-duty military personnel are subject to successive and unavoidable post changes or have to leave their usual place of residence on a regular basis, which means they face additional travel expenses, he added.
“The relationship between the armed forces and RENFE goes back more than 100 years, with the establishment of the first railway regiment,” Valcarce said.
“This relationship was embodied in 1991 in the first agreement between MINISDEF and RENFE for the transport of goods and personnel, an agreement successively extended until 2007 with RENFE and from then until the current year with RENFE Operadora.”
On Friday, September 9th, Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles visited the Asturias manufacturing facility that builds VCR 8×8 “Dragon” wheeled combat vehicles that “will contribute to the transformation of the Spanish army”.
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