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In improving its road connectivity with the wider Caucasus region, Armenia took another important step on 17 June 2016.Thanks to EU financing (an EU grant and a European Investment Bank (EIB) concessional loan), works on the construction of the Lanjik-Gyumri section of the “North-South Road Corridor Investment Programme” have begun to be implemented by a Chinese construction company. This will allow it to attract foreign investment and provide further opportunities for employment and growth in the regions. Reminiscing about its role at the time of the ancient Silk Road, today Armenia reiterates its position as a connector between the peoples of Asia and Europe. Sections of the Talin-Lanjik and Lanjik-Gyumri road, covered by Tranche 3 of the “North-South Road Corridor Investment Programme”, have been co-financed by the Asian Development Bank and the EIB. For the construction of these sections, the European Union has also allocated a €12m grant to the Government of Armenia. The construction of this road will activate transport links and increase trade between communities. Moreover, it will also integrate Armenia into regional road networks, thus contributing to economic and trade cooperation.
ARS_8862The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, spoke about the importance of the programme, congratulating everybody involved with the start of Tranche 3: ‘Armenia is a beautiful country, but it needs good roads. Good roads are not only necessary for ordinary people to travel better, faster and safer – good roads are a necessary ingredient for sustainable development, greater provincial development, and new foreign investment. The EU is very happy to support the construction of this road in Armenia. The presence of the Chinese Ambassador to Armenia today is very symbolic, it helps us to understand the crucial role of Armenia as a crossing point, as a very important link between Europe and Asia. Just a few kilometres away from here is a Caravanserai, built in the days of the Silk Road. Armenia was a link between Asia and Europe a thousand years ago, and this road has a strategic importance’.
Arthur Sargsyan, CEO of the North-South Investment Programme Implementation Organisation, congratulated everybody on behalf of the Armenian Minister for Transport and Communications, Gagik Beglaryan: ‘This project is part of the ideological structure of both the TRACECA and Silk Road programmes. We anticipate rebuilding the 560km route, starting from the southern border with Iran, extending to the northern Georgian borderline; we aim to complete 470km by the end of this project. This project will have impact on the speed limit of the motorway, increasing the existing speed limit from 40-60km/h to 110-120km/h. It will be possible to halve the time needed to travel from the Iranian to the Georgian border, from 9.5-10 hours to 4.5 hours. This provides great opportunities for cargo and large transport companies to take the north-south road as a preferable transit route’.
The symbolic laying of the initial road base was done by Ambassador Świtalski, Minister Beglaryan and the Chinese Ambassador to Armenia, Tian Erlong.

A TRACECA road safety action planning workshop opened on 3 February 2015 in the Congress Hotel in Yerevan. The participants of the workshop were members of international organisations, government, and the public sector. TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) is an extensive and long-term cooperation programme in the field of international transport supported by the EU. It includes 13 countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The workshop will last four days, during which various experts will share their experience on road safety with the participants.
ARS_0585Armenia is one of the founding members of TRACECA – it has been one since 1993. TRACEA has supported many projects implemented in Armenia, including this workshop. Road safety is a growing problem in Armenia on global level.
The Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, underlined the importance of this project, citing the two car accidents he had encountered on his way to the workshop: ARS_0629‘The EU always supports Armenia and Armenian citizens in very important sectors. Here in Armenia, about 500 people die in car accidents every year, and 5,000 are injured. Car accidents have a huge economic impact here in Armenia, but it’s something that can be solved – we have proven it in Europe with many countries reducing accidents over the last ten years. In Eastern Europe they have fallen by half. This reduction is not just about money, it also needs awareness, people understanding how they are driving, how to take care of themselves and others, and people with driving licenses knowing the laws of the road. The EU is happy to support projects in this sector – we are certain this one will reduce suffering and contribute to improved road safety. It is not just a matter of institutions, it’s a matter of public awareness’.
Gagik Grigoryan, Head of Staff of the Ministry of Transport and Communication and TRACECA National Secretary in Armenia, talked about the great steps taken towards improving road safety in the country, stressing the importance of the initiative to reduce accidents: ‘The road safety project is very important for the Armenian government, because it directly affects the public’s welfare and safety.
The Armenian government has demonstrated its commitment to improving road safety by working with international organisations, and across government agencies and the public sector. The EU’s continuous assistance is very important for creating favourable conditions for the modernisation of this sector and the ability to respond to challenges’.
After the official opening ceremony and remarks, Alan Ross, Team Leader of the project, introduced the methodology and tools how to reduce car accidents: ‘The project will share experience, not just tell Armenians what to do. We will work with you and with Armenian experts. We bring an additional knowledge and experience of what other countries have done in the similar situations, which will be beneficial’.
ARS_0649Experience from other regions demonstrates that road safety issues can be tackled effectively if appropriate road safety management and coordination structures are established, and proven solutions are implemented to reduce road crashes and casualties. Road safety is a serious problem in Armenia which deserves more attention than it has received in the past. Of particular importance is that the failure to address road safety effectively and to invest in its improvement is resulting in huge annual costs that inhibit Armenia’s social and economic development. This failure also leaves citizens exposed to unnecessary and largely avoidable risks of death or injury. A particular focus for TRACECA is to assist individual countries, and the region as a whole, to implement agreed regional road safety action plans developed by government.