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Smoother, safer and more reliable: Renewed transport cooperation

3 October 2011
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Renewed transport cooperatiThe European Commission on 7 July published a new Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan to strengthen links with neighbouring regions to the East and South of the EU. The plan proposes more than 20 concrete measures to make transport connections smoother, safer and more reliable. At the same time, it will deepen market integration to the advantage of both the EU and its neighbouring regions.
Transport cooperation with the EU’s neighbouring regions has so far taken place under a number of bilateral and regional initiatives. This new action plan builds on the results achieved so far, strengthens in particular connections to the east and brings together regional t ransport cooperation into a single policy.
Key measures for connecting the transport systems of the EU and its neighbours include:

  • Extending the EU’s internal aviation market and Single European Sky to neighbouring regions;
  • Joining up the Trans-European Transport Network with infrastructure of the EU’s neighbours through priority transport projects;
  • Making better use of rail freight potential by opening markets and by alleviating technical barriers such as differences in rail gauge sizes;
  • Streamlining the implementation of regional transport cooperation, by establishing an Eastern Partnership Transport Panel to oversee cooperation with neighbours to the east;
  • Making sea transport with neighbouring countries more efficient, including in the longer term, through their inclusion in the “Blue Belt” of free maritime movement in and around Europe;
  • Helping neighbouring countries to improve road safety.

Improving transport connections and promoting a safe, secure and environmentally friendly transport system can help EU neighbours to become economically stronger and politically more stable.
Actions up to 2013 will be financed with existing resources through better prioritisation of projects and measures.
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Smoother, safer and more reliable: Renewed transport cooperation

Renewed transport cooperatiThe European Commission on 7 July published a new Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan to strengthen links with neighbouring regions to the East and South of the EU. The plan proposes more than 20 concrete measures to make transport connections smoother, safer and more reliable. At the same time, it will deepen market integration to the advantage of both the EU and its neighbouring regions. Transport cooperation with the EU's neighbouring regions has so far taken place under a number of bilateral and regional initiatives. This new action plan builds on the results achieved so far, strengthens in particular connections to the east and brings together regional t ransport cooperation into a single policy. Key measures for connecting the transport systems of the EU and its neighbours include:
  • Extending the EU's internal aviation market and Single European Sky to neighbouring regions;
  • Joining up the Trans-European Transport Network with infrastructure of the EU's neighbours through priority transport projects;
  • Making better use of rail freight potential by opening markets and by alleviating technical barriers such as differences in rail gauge sizes;
  • Streamlining the implementation of regional transport cooperation, by establishing an Eastern Partnership Transport Panel to oversee cooperation with neighbours to the east;
  • Making sea transport with neighbouring countries more efficient, including in the longer term, through their inclusion in the “Blue Belt” of free maritime movement in and around Europe;
  • Helping neighbouring countries to improve road safety.
Improving transport connections and promoting a safe, secure and environmentally friendly transport system can help EU neighbours to become economically stronger and politically more stable. Actions up to 2013 will be financed with existing resources through better prioritisation of projects and measures. http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/488&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en