ACROSEE events

The SEE project ACROSEE (Accessibility improved at border CROSsings for the integration of South East Europe) organised last 11th November a workshop at the European Parliament and plans to organise its final conference next 5th December in Vienna.


On 11th November 2014 a workshop in the framework of the ACROSSEE project has been organised at the EU Parliament under the title Streamlining transport connections in the Western Balkans (Removing bottlenecks, improving regional cohesion).

The workshop was organized by the Central European Initiative, Project Lead Partner, with the aim to present the ACROSSEE main results in view of improving transport connections in South East Europe. The event gathered around 50 participants who assisted to the presentations held by Mr. Alain Baron, European Commission DG Move, Mr. Adreas Zimmer, UNECE, Mr. Mate Gjorgjievski, SEETO, and Mr. Vicente Rodrigues Saez, European Commission, DG Regio.

The speakers underlined the importance of soft measures, such as improvement of administrative procedures at the border-crossings suggested by the ACROSSEE project as the most efficient action to improve transport connections. Indeed, Mr. Baron stated that the real problem is not the infrastructure but the way in which it is used. Infrastructure improvements indeed require consistent investment and time, but soft measures can make a change with small economic efforts.

Mr. Saez congratulated with the ACROSSEE project for the outcomes obtained through the transnational cooperation programme and suggested strong capitalisation on the results produced also in the next programming period.

The conference allowed project partners to collect ideas and inputs on the current transport situation in Western Balkans and their future evolutions. These will be further discussed at the final conference in Vienna on December 5th 2014.



Vienna | December 5. Presentation of the project results on cross-border accessibility in South East Europe and strategies for the European programming period 2014-2020

The final appointment of the European project ACROSSEE for planning and optimising cross-border accessibility in South East Europe, will be held in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, December 5. The event, which will take place at the Schick Hotel Stefanie (8.30 -13.30), will serve to spread the main project results and the trans-European TEN-T transport networks prospects for the next seven-year European programming period 2014-2020.

In the first session of the conference, the financial recommendations on future projects related to European transport, with a specific focus on 2020 and 2030, will be presented, as well as the results of the analyses carried out concerning border crossings and the preliminary recommendations for the customs harmonisation procedures. The second session will be devoted to a panel discussion ("The transport system in South East Europe"), during which the ACROSSEE project results in the development strategies framework and on the transnational cooperation programs in the areas of the Danube and the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, will be discussed.

Among the participants, a representative of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Ambassador Margit Waestfelt, Deputy Secretary-General InCE - Central European Initiative - and Roberta Calcina, project manager for the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. In addition, in the panel will participate Franc Zepic, Director of Slovenian Infrastructures Ministry and referent for the Danubian transport Strategy, Mate Gjorgjievski, General Manager at SEETO (South-East Europe Transport Observatory) and Andreas Zimmer, by the Trans-European Railway project of UNECE.

Alberto Cozzi, Project Manager of ACROSSEE on behalf of the lead partner, the Central European Initiative, declared: "The final conference is the opportunity not only to present the results collected by all partners during the months of work, but also to discuss together with the main stakeholders of the area, as they can be used in a profitable way in the new programming period 2014-2020. As a matter of fact, it is necessary to ensure that the results of ACROSSEE will be collected not only by policy makers, but also that the issues that we have analyzed and studied will be deepened in the coming years within the transnational/cross-border cooperation programmes in the South-Eastern Europe area.

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