Policies & Strategies

Financial institutions allocate USD 175 Billion for sustainable transport

Mar 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Business, Current Issue MT, March14, Policies & Strategies

During the UN “Rio+20” conference of June 2012, 8 development banks (Multilateral Development Banks -MDBs) launched the Commitment to Sustainable Transport estimating they will supply credits and grants worth USD 175 Billion to sustainable transport projects from developing countries. According to the first progress report (2012-2013) of the Working Group for the 8 multilateral development […]



Transport infrastructure for Sochi Olympic Games is completed

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Policies & Strategies

The Sochi Olympic Games held on 7-23 February has determined the elaboration and implementation of projects for which estimated investments amount to around USD 50 Billion. Under the plans, 235 facilities were built, of which 11 facilities are where competitions will be held, the rest being locations and infrastructures necessary to the development of the […]



Railway market liberalisation – a challenge for the financing of railway transport

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Policies & Strategies

The liberalisation of passenger rail transport in the EU is a topic of intense discussions. The policies which encourage this process should allow passengers to benefit from more comfort, safety, attractive tariffs, while infrastructure managers should have more customers and, therefore, more revenues that would also determine the implementation of projects focused on increasing the […]



Western Balkan countries request the intensification of railway infrastructure investments

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Policies & Strategies

“Since the establishment of South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO), in 2004, EUR 13.2 Billion have been allocated to investments in the comprehensive network of the region which includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. EUR 9.2 Billion were allocated in this period for the implementation of over 300 infrastructure […]



Can rail charging differentiated according to noise emissions reduce phonic pollution?

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Policies & Strategies

According to Member State reports compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2010, railway noise affects about 12 million EU inhabitants at day time, with a noise exposure above 55 dB(A), and about 9 million at night time, with a noise exposure above 50 dB(A). In fact, the real figures are undoubtedly higher since […]



What are the solutions offered by public transport for reducing the effects of excessive urban development?

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, Policies & Strategies

Considering the importance of the tram line route and, especially of its related infrastructure, in the traffic system of cities and metropolitan areas as a whole, it is necessary to observe European regulation principles when building new lines and upgrading old ones by implementing appropriate constructive solutions with increased reliability and environment protections standards, economic […]



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 […]



Freight Corridor no. 7, an essential connection between Central Europe and South-East Europe

Jan 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, January14, Policies & Strategies

The Railway Freight Corridor no. 7 (RFC – 7) became operational in November thus observing the provisions set by Regulation 913/2010, issued by the European Parliament and the Council. The European Union has designated nine international rail freight corridors, the so called “RFC”-corridors in the EU rail network. Freight Corridor no. 7 will run through […]



TEN-T core network, a new stimulus for railway freight transport

Jan 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, January14, Policies & Strategies

Freight transport in the EU is mostly carried by trucks (47.3%), followed by seagoing ships (37.8%), rail (with a share of just 10% today) and inland waterways (3.7%). Trucks dominate inland EU freight transport with a 76.1% share of the tonne-kilometres and about 94% of the CO2 emissions. One of the great challenges for transport […]



International trends will stimulate the liberalization of Russian railway freight transport

Jan 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, January14, Policies & Strategies

The launch of the joint transport operator of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will have a positive effect in the Russian railway transport market and, although this process is made difficult by several factors, the existing operators and the international situation will stimulate the liberalization of the freight transport market. The project of the new operator […]