25 Nov 2005

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Summary

The second in a cycle of regional conferences devoted to transport infrastructure in South East Europe saw expert panellists weigh the respective merits, financing instruments and safety impact of road rehabilitation projects and network expansion schemes.

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The second in a cycle of regional conferences devoted to transport infrastructure in South East Europe saw expert panellists weigh the respective merits, financing instruments and safety impact of road rehabilitation projects and network expansion schemes as the Region pushes for faster integration with the European Union.

The "SEE Regional Road Infrastructure Safety and Funding" Conference was held in Belgrade on 16-17 November 2005 under the high patronage of the Serbian Ministry of Capital Infrastructure and with the support of the European Commission's Technical Assistance Information Exchange Unit (TAIEX). At the joint invitation of the Chamber of Commerce for South East Europe (CCBLSEE) and the European Union Road Federation (ERF), 150 delegates representing government agencies in the SEE region, NGOs and other stakeholders from all across Europe attended the two-day event.

Keynote contributors from Regional Ministries (Serbia & Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia) and several international financing institutions such as the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) presented their views on the most effective ways of channelling public and private sector investments into road infrastructure in the light of accelerated integration of South East Europe region with the rest of European Transport Network. Speakers stressed that the “The most sensible transport infrastructure policy in SEE countries today is to develop efficient funding mechanisms that will ensure existing infrastructure is properly rehabilitated and upgraded as soon as possible".

These discussions were completed on Day 2 with the question of achieving European standards of safer road design through preventive auditing, equipment certification and road maintenance/rehabilitation schemes.
By jointly staging the "SEE Regional Road Infrastructure Safety and Funding" Conference in Belgrade, ERF and CCBLSEE have confirmed their goal of fostering  mutual understanding and closer cooperation between the EU and South-Eastern Europe in the field of road transport.

 

Programme

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Speaker Presentations

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Introduction

Building Tomorrows Road Infrastructure in SE Europe, M. Jezic Von Jesseneck, President, Chamber of Commerce Belgium-Luxembourg South-Eastern Europe (CCBLSEE) 


Confronting European vision and regional perspectives

Concession as mode of financing of building road infrastructure in Serbia, B. Ujdur, Assistant Minister, Serbian Minister of Capital Investment

Regional experience in financing mechanisms in the transport sector, HE A. Lompar, Minister of Maritime affairs and transport

S. Ristani, Deputy Minister, Albanian Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunications


Financing mechanisms in the transport sector

Transeuropean Networks: A new legal and budgetary framework in the EU, M. Fernández Balbín, Coordinator, Secretary General for Transport, Spanish Ministry of Public Works

Reducing economic distance: The challenge for regional development, D. Rasbach, South East Transport Observatory (SEETO)

From theory to practice: Implementation strategies, J. Papí, Secretary General, ERF

State of plate and future priorities on Trans-European corridors in the Republic of Macedonia, D. Kosutic, Deputy Minister, Macedonian Ministry of Transport and Communication

A New Deal for the Financing of the Trans-European Network, A. Zaragoza, President European Union Road Federation (ERF)

Financing Mechanism in the Transport Sector: View of the EIB (Presentation & Speech),  A. Hörhager, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Corridor 5c Motorway Throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina - Business and Investment Opportunity, S. Mastilovic, Senior Associate, Ministry of Communication and Transport, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Financing Mechanisms in the Transport Sector. An application to neighbouring countries of the EU, F. Gutiérrez de Vera, Chairman Concessions WG, Spanish Contractors’ Association (SEOPAN)

Public Private Partnership as tool of Investment in the Transport Sector, K. Eric Möric, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary UK LLP

Overview of the Road Infrastructure in the SEE: Facts and Figures, P. Stelmaszczyk, Director of Policy, ERF

Modality of Financing Road Infrastructure in Serbia, B. Jocic, Director General, Serbian Road Directorate

Financing Transport Infrastructure with the EBRD, U. Hindstrom, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Enhancing South East Europe Transport Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships, C. Queiroz, Highways Adviser The World Bank

 

Integrating safety in new transport infrastructure construction projects

Engineering Safer Roads: A look at European policies and practices, W. Wink, Member, Executive Committee, ERF

Integrated safety in new transport infrastructure construction projects, A. da Costa, Head of Construction Standards, European Standardisation Committee (CEN)

Roadside Safety Audits & Preventive Hazard Identification (Part 0), (Part 1), (Part2), A. Amengual, Road Safety Programme, ERF

Evaluation of Road Restraint Systems by an Accredited Test Laboratory in the Context of the European Standard and its Evolution, J. Bloch, Road Safety Programme, ERF

 

Concluding remarls

Conclusions, J. Papí, Secretary General, ERF