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South-East Europe countries upgrade infrastructure

Feb 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

The 2020 Strategy for South-East Europe (SEE), launched by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is aimed at improving the living conditions in the region and to stimulate the development of the region and its competitiveness, guided by the EU Strategy “Europe 2020”. The implementation of the projects included in the strategy will significantly develop the […]



All railway players should bear responsibility for railway safety

Feb 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Lex, Recommended

At the middle of last December, the Committee for Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament (TRAN) gave green light to the six law proposals composing the Fourth Railway Package. This month, the European deputies meet for the final vote on the law packages. All are equally important for a better operation of the European […]



Kazakhstan plans to become a logistics hub between Asia and Europe

Jan 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, January14, Market Development, Recommended

Towards the end of last year, Kazakhstan approved an infrastructure development plan to be developed in the period 2014-2020. In fact, this is the first large-scale plan adopted by Kazakhstan and aimed at developing the transport infrastructure and its integration in the global transport system. The plan is partially developed with the help of World […]



Horizon 2020: EUR 15 Billion for the first two years

Jan 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, January14, Recommended, Research & Development

Almost a year after the adoption of the “Horizon 2020” Programme by the European Parliament (November), the European Commission has for the first time submitted project demands within the research and innovation programme for which a budget of EUR 80 Billion has been set for the next multiannual programming period. In 2014-2015, the programme budget […]



TEN-T guidelines bring significant progress to infrastructure planning

Dec 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, December13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

The new EU infrastructure policy triples EU financing to EUR 26 Billion for transport for the period 2014–2020. At the same time it refocuses transport financing on a tightly defined new core network. The core network will form the backbone for transportation in Europe’s single market. A major innovation on the new TEN-T guidelines is […]



Europe works: EUR 1 Trillion, the budget framework for 2014-2020

Dec 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, December13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

At the end of November, European Parliament gave favourable vote to the multiannual financial framework of the EU for 2014-2020. On 2 December, the EU Council adopted Regulation 11791/7/2013 which sets the multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020. Thus, the period of intense negotiations, which lasted two years since the Commission presented its proposals (June 2011), […]



The SHIFT2RAIL initiative will analyse research and innovation solutions for a seamless railway transport

Nov 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, November 13, Products & Technologies, Recommended

“We hope to have a draft law from the European Commission on the Technological Initiative SHIFT2RAIL by the end of the year, the joint technological initiative which promotes the modal shift to railway, now, when the market share of railway transport is falling and has to recover”, declared Philippe Citroen, Director General UNIFE, during the […]



For a seamless and efficient development, Wider Black Sea Area has to approach all railway transport segments

Nov 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, Market Development, November 13, Recommended

The 8th edition of the Railway Days 2013-Wider Black Sea Area Railway Summit concluded with the drafting of a position paper elaborated by Club Feroviar (the summit organiser). The document was elaborated based on the debates concerning the challenges and opportunities that economic operators and WBSA investors are facing in developing the business segment in […]



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 […]