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Railway freight transport, a decade of changes and transformations

Oct 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, October 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

More than 10 years ago, ambitious objectives have been set for rail freight competitiveness by the European Commission’s 2001 Transport White Paper. Numerous policy measures have been introduced over the last decade in an attempt to realise this vision, and a new Transport White Paper was adopted in 2011, with more ambitious objectives for an […]



Global supply chains, regional logistic platforms: creating value using rail as backbone between Asian & EU ports and cities

Oct 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, October 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

Improving cooperation between the transport modes of the logistics chain, the need for investments in eliminating cross-border dead-ends and building missing links, the development of innovative solutions for rail freight transport, the elaboration of new legislative frameworks that would favour the rail transport competitiveness and the development of intermodal transport are criteria of the “essential […]



Integrated urban mobility plans support the use of alternative public transport

Sep 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, Policies & Strategies, Recommended, September 13

Urban mobility of the Romania of today is minimal and, if we compared it to that in other small or large cities in the European Union, is almost non-existent. We are not doing very well at urban, suburban mobility and national mobility is not an advantage either; moreover, we cannot yet talk about integrated urban […]



Fourth Railway Package: the technical pillar is important for the competitiveness of the European railway market

Sep 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, Lex, Recommended, September 13

The relatively poor performance of the rail in the past ten years reflects a low level of efficiency and quality of rail services compared to other transport modes. According to the latest available studies, this situation can be attributed to the presence of several obstacles which hamper market access and expansion of service providers, hindering […]



Russia prepares maritime port infrastructure to respond to freight volume growth

Aug 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, August 13, Current Issue ID, Market Development, Recommended

In Russia, the total volume of merchandise is estimated to over 1 billion tonnes until 2030. All the northern, north-western, southern and far-eastern ports, will register growth. The authorities are about to approve the Port Infrastructure Development Strategy for 2030. The development of a competitive infrastructure in the maritime ports and the provision of a […]



The Eastern Partnership, a mobility-favourable policy

Aug 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, August 13, Current Issue ID, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

The main goal of the Eastern Partnership is to create the conditions to accelerate political association and deepen economic integration between the EU and the Eastern European partner countries: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Last year, the European Commission initiated a […]



OTIF: Development of interoperability on the Euro-Asian axis is a necessity

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, July 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

Eurasia has a major importance in the economic, political and commercial relationships worldwide, the transport system being the strong element that binds them. The region needs an integrated transport system that would efficiently meet mobility needs and railway connections involve many countries with different systems, policies and legal frameworks which are still fragmenting the integration […]



Europe seeks solutions to reduce rail noise. DG MOVE could launch a study for the efficient reduction of freight wagon noise

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, July 13, Market Development, Recommended

The problem of noise reduction represents a challenge for the railway freight sector, being approached by the European Commission through the adopted policies, by the specialised industry through the identification of new products and solutions which should be efficient in terms of the cost-benefit ratio, by the infrastructure managers, and for the railway freight transport […]



Croatia, on the road to railway reform

Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, June 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

As of 1 July, Croatia joins the 27 member states of the European Union. A World Bank report shows that the state to the Adriatic Sea has an increasing and competitive economy, as well as the appropriate institutional capacity to face the EU membership demands. Croatia is crossed by three pan-European transport corridors and the […]



Progress with the Danube Strategy

Jun 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, June 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

Although economically and socially different, the 14 countries in the Danube Region (of which 8 are EU Member States) are strongly interconnected based on an integration, growth and development potential. The region has a strategic location through which the EU opens up to its neighbours, the Black Sea region, South Caucasus and Central Asia. From […]