Wednesday 14 June 2017 – Presentation of the new tram line Strasbourg – Kehl


Kehl and Strasbourg are closer than before. Since last April, the two cities are connected by a new tram line, which runs across the Rhine and unites France and Germany. The European Parliamentary Association, together with the Cities of Strasboug and Kehl, decided to celebrate this important cross-border project by inviting its member to an exclusive journey on the new line.

On Wednesday 14 June, more than 150 MEPs and diplomats of Strasbourg gathered at the stop “European Parliament” to take the new tram, which, for the occasion, was painted with the colours of the European flag. During the journey, a guide explained to the participants how the new line was conceived and mentioned the latest developing plans of the City of Strasbourg.

Once in Kehl, Toni Vetrano, Mayor of Strasbourg, welcomed our guests and guided them to the Villa Schmidt, on the German bank of the Rhine, where a beautiful reception took place. In this setting, Toni Vetrano, Alain Fontanel, First Deputy Mayor of the City of Strasbourg, and Herbert Dorfmann, President of the European Parliamentary Association, took the word to point out the historic and symbolic relevance of the new tram connection, as well as the several concrete opportunities offered by a border-free European Union.

In an age of building walls, Kehl and Strasbourg understood the importance of building bridges. A bridge in the hearth of Europe.