In the framework of the EU co-funded SEETAC project - South East European Transport Axis Cooperation, the third Transport Ministerial Conference will take place in Athens, on 22 May, gathering transport and infrastructure Ministers or their representatives of Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, namely the SEETAC target countries. Representatives of the European Transport Associations (CER, ESPO and UIC), International Financing Institutions (EBRD, EIB, WBIF, World Bank), European Commission (DG Enlargement, DG Mobility and  Transport) and the SEE Joint Technical Secretariat will also participate in the meeting.

The ministerial meeting will be preceded by the Infrastructure Forum, which will focus on the coordination of planning priorities and investments in the region, and will address issues beyond infrastructure, aiming at efficient multimodal transport operations development, overcoming the existing administrative and border crossing obstacles. The main outcomes of the Forum will serve as a basis for the discussion of the ministerial meeting, which will focus on the investment priorities in Southeast Europe Transport Networks and on the financial mechanism to boost investment in transport infrastructure in view of developing an efficient transport system in the region.

The Transport Ministerial Conference and the Infrastructure Forum are organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks and by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in cooperation with the Central European Initiative (CEI), which is the Lead Partner of the SEETAC Project.

The SEETAC Project is co-financed by the EU through the South East Europe Cooperation Programme with a total budget of  2,38 million Euros. The project aims at analysing possible integration between the Western Balkans (WB) and the EU transport systems in order to generate transport continuity and infrastructure development in the European area and beyond, thus implicitly leading to a rising competitiveness and economic development with the ultimate objective of integrating the WB countries in the European single market. The aim is to reach the EU's objectives of (i) transparency & information reliability; (ii) harmonised and efficient institutional framework and; (iii) rapid implementation of the transport priority projects.

The project officially started on 1st April 2009 and will last for 42 months, until 30th September 2012.


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