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The GEIE-TMB, a single management company

The Gruppo Europeo di Interesse Economico del Traforo del Monte Bianco (GEIE-TMB) is a legal entity under EU law set up on the initiative of the two concessionary companies of the Tunnel, the French ATMB (Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc s.a.) and the Italian SITMB (Società Italiana per il Traforo del Monte Bianco S.p.A.), for the purpose of guaranteeing the unitary maintenance and management of the Tunnel. The company has been entered onto the Companies Register of Aosta, has its registered office in Courmayeur, at the Italian tunnel entrance apron, and it has a well established organization on French soil.

After the fire of 24 March 1999, the GEIE-TMB carried out coordination and checking activities during the works on restoration and modernization of the tunnel, in order to ensure that the work was being carried out in totally unified way, particularly with regard to the installation and operation of the safety systems.

In the months leading up to tunnel being reopened to traffic, it had the job of organizing and training its operating staff, including the use of suitable "mock-up" management tests.

Since 9th March 2002 it has been responsible for all the activities connected with the operational management of the Tunnel and of the two areas for the regulation of heavy vehicle traffic situated at Aosta (I) and Passy-Le Fayet (F), it has collected the tolls, has been involved in all the projects relating to safety, and has commissioned all the maintenance works, major repairs and improvements to the infrastructure and the technical equipping of the tunnel.


The GEIE-TMB is governed by a Supervisory Board made up of 10 members, including the Chairman, named jointly by the two concessionary Companies ATMB and SITMB. The chairman is designated alternately every 30 months by the French or the Italian concessionary.

The Intergovernmental Control Commission that oversees it, also through its technical consultancy body, the Safety Committee, establishes the general principles to be followed and decides the management policies, in agreement with the Ministers for Infrastructure of Italy and France.


The management and administration of the GEIE-TMB is entrusted to a Management Committee consisting of two Directors, nominated respectively by the ATMB and the SITMB, and a Managing Director nominated alternately every 30 months by the concessionary that does not nominate the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Since 1st March 2007, Pierre Vicédo, designated by ATMB, has taken over from Mario Battaglia in the role of Managing Director, and at the same time Giovanni Dominedò, on behalf of SITMB, has assumed the chairmanship of the Supervisory Board. The other two Directors are Pierre-François Linarès and Alfredo Pellegrini, confirmed by ATMB and SITMB.

The operational structure of the GEIE-TMB can be summarized as follows (the numbers refer to the situation as at 31.12.2007).



Organizational structure

The organization of the operating service of the GEIE-TMB is divided into five areas of activity:

  • management functional services (8 units)

  • administrative and financial function (16 units)

  • customers and toll function (43 units)

  • safety and traffic function (66 units)

  • technical and computing function (47 units)

Management Functional Services

Besides the service of secretarial office and assistance to the Management Committee, this area runs the communication service, looks after public relations, carries out promotional activities and maintains relations with information organizations and those who, in either a public or a private capacity, ask to visit the Tunnel and its installations. The technological innovations introduced in order to improve safety do in fact arouse heightened interest on the part of many observers.


One of the Management Functional Services is the monitoring of environmental conditions in the Tunnel area. Information on air quality is provided by the Air de l’Ain et des Pays de Savoie (AIR-APS) for the French side and by the Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente (ARPA) for the Italian side. Information on noise measurement is provided respectively by the Centre d’Etudes Techniques de l’Equipement (CETE) and by the ARPA.

Another important activity providing support to the Management Committee is carried out by the Risk Prevention and Quality office. Its objective is to achieve unified management of the safety of workers in the workplace, harmonizing regulations that are different for Italian and French staff.

Administrative and Financial Function

This manages the accounts, administers personnel, draws up the balance sheet and carries out all the operations of an administrative, financial and fiscal nature that GEIE-TMB is responsible for.

Customers and Toll Function

This is responsible for customer relations and organizes the toll collection service at the two entrances to the tunnel. One of the tasks the toll staff is responsible for, in the event of an accident in the tunnel, is to provide support in receiving the public emergency services and evacuating people not directly involved in the incident. It is also the toll staff’s job to give the user the leaflet containing the regulations for traffic inside the Tunnel, paying particular attention to the speed limits and the safety distance between vehicles, and to provide them with all useful information.

Safety and Traffic Function

This is in charge of all activities concerned with traffic control and the maintenance of safety, both under normal conditions and if there should be an incident.

Through the Safety and Traffic Operators it manages the two Command and Control Posts (CCP), north and south, that operate in tandem, one for control, the other for traffic information; by means of the Safety and Traffic Teams (EST) it controls and guarantees correct application of the traffic regulations 24 hours a day, using special vehicles fitted with first intervention equipment in the event of a vehicle accident or breakdown inside the tunnel. The EST are also responsible for the exceptional transit escort service.


The AST, Safety and Traffic Assistants, out at the heavy vehicle regulation areas of Aosta (I) and Passy-Le Fayet (F), check the pollution class and vehicle dimensions, and give out the Tunnel access passes.


Among the company activities of the Safety and Traffic Function, a special place is given to organizing and managing safety drills that are carried out every three months to test the efficiency of the technical systems, the reactions of staff who control and manage equipment, and the coordination of intervention by the Vigili del Fuoco, the Sapeurs Pompiers, the Binational Police Service and the public emergency medical service.

Technical and Computing Function

The technicians and operators of this function ensure proper working of the infrastructure, the technological systems, the telecommunications and the various computer devices, they look after their maintenance and take action if there is a fault.



The immediate intervention teams

An integral part of the safety service is the constant presence at three posts (two external ones, and an internal one at the centre of the tunnel) of professionals who are highly qualified in firefighting intervention in a confined space. These have at their disposal purpose-built special vehicles and equipment; they share common areas with the operational staff of the Tunnel and work in close coordination with them.

The Binational Police Service

The Binational Police Service, that consists of members of the Polizia di Stato (Italy) and the Gendarmerie Nationale (France), and has operational rooms at the two tunnel entrance aprons, is in charge of checking that the traffic regulations are being observed. To make sure this task is properly carried out there are mixed patrols, each consisting of an Agente di Polizia and a Gendarme, that provide a tunnel patrol service; and this rounds off the safety arrangements.

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