11Franc Žepič, PAC 1bMinistry of Infrastructure and Spatial planning, SloveniaThe EU Strategy for the Danube RegionPriority Area 1bRail Projects of importance tothe Danube RegionSouth East Europe Rail & Public TransportDevelopment5 June 2013 | Belgrade, Serbia
2The Danube Region ... 14 States: Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania,Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova, Ukraine Population: 115 mio (EU27: 502 mio) Area: 1,092.591 km2 (EU27: 4,324,782)
3… and the Danube Strategy: Second macro-region endorsed by the EU! 19 June 2009: The European Council invites the Commission to develop a Danube regionstrategy 8 December 2010: Adoption by the Commission (Two docs: Communication on Strategy andAction plan) 3 February 2011: 11 i.e. 12 priority area coordinators nominated (by the Commission) PA 1a: inland waterways - Austria and Romania PA 1b : rail, road and air links - Slovenia and Serbia 13 April 2011: GAC Conclusions 24 June 2011: endorsed by the European Council 30 June / 1 July 2011: the end of preparation / start of implementation
5PA1b and Targets (COM(2010) 715 final)• Strategy (Communication by the Commission)(Only) Three exemplary targets for EUSDR Pillar 1 (Connecting the Danube Region) which areof relevance for EUSDR Priority Area 1b as amended: Improved travel times for competitive railway passenger connections between majorcities; Implementation of the 4 Rail Freight Corridors crossing the Danube Region as plannedwithin 3 or 5 years and possible inclusion of a new corridor with added value of linkingtogether the EU and non-EU member states railway systems; Development of efficient multimodal terminals at Danube river ports and dry ports toconnect inland waterways with rail and road transport by 2020.
6PA1b and Actions(Action Plan SEC(2010) 1489 final)Action (1) - “To bring to completion the TEN-T (rail and road) Priority Projects crossing theDanube Region, overcoming the difficulties and the bottlenecks including environmental,economic and political, particularly in the cross-border sections”.Action (2) - “To implement the Rail Freight Corridors forming part of the European railnetwork for competitive freight”.Action (3) - “To enhance cooperation between air traffic stakeholders in order to prepare aplan to implement shorter plane routes”.Action (4) - “To ensure sustainable metropolitan transport systems and mobility”.Action (5) - “To improve the regional/ local cross-border infrastructure and the access torural areas”.Action (6) - “To develop further nodal planning for multimodality”.Action (7) - “To develop further Intelligent Traffic Systems by using environmental friendlytechnologies, especially in urban regions”.
7The Start of implementation• 6 Steering Group meetings• (Kick off (the first) on 22 June 2011 in Ljubljana; Second on 20 October 2011 in Belgrade; Third on 20 February 2012 Third inLjubljana, Fourth on 20 June 2012 in Belgrade, Fifth on 18 December 2012 in Belgrade and Sixth on 24-25 April 2013Ljubljana)• Ad hoc Working Group on projects; 9 – 10 February 2011, Belgrade• Workshop on the Common Transport Vision for the Danube Region; 27 September 2012: Belgrade• The First Stakeholder Conference „The Danube Region Transport Days 2012“; 18-19 November 2012,Ljubljana• Annual Forum; 27-28 November 2012, Regensburg (the Commission)• Meeting on the Common Transport Vision financing; 15 March 2013, BrusselsPlanned before end of 2013:• 27 June 2013: Workshop on Rail Freight Corridors, Ljubljana• September/October 2013: Workshop on Core network (TEN-T)• 3 October 2013: Second Stakeholder Conference „The Danube Region Transport Days 2013“ , Belgrade• October 2013: 7th SG meeting; Belgrade• November/December 2013: Workshop on aviation in the Danube region
11Proposal Regulation on TEN-Tand CEFFirst layout of the core network corridors, presentedin the Multiannual Financial Framework proposal bythe Commission on 30 June 2011 Investment needs:Core Network (2030): 500 bln. €Core Network (2020): 250 bln. € CEF total volume (transport, 2014 -2020): proposed 31,7 bln. €:- 21,7 bln. € for all MS,- 10,0 bln. € for cohesion countries; 21,4 bln. € (total likely agreed) concentration on Core Networkincl. Core Network Corridors; Highest rates for rail and inlandwaterway: border crossing projects,missing links, bottlenecks.
12FERRMED and EU Corridors FERRMED contributes withstandards to railway transport. FERRMED insists in the progressiveintroduction of long (1.500 m) andheavy trains (5.000 tonnes), only inthe corridors that link the leadingports and logistics and industrialareas in total length of 13.000 Km.Source internet: http://www.ferrmed.com/
13Danube Region: TEN-T and SEETORail (freight), ports and RRT’s
14Examples of projectsAustria Closing of Missing Links for High Capacity /High Speed Line St. Poelten - WelsBulgaria Design of the Modernization of Vidin – Sofia Railway LineCroatia Construction of New Freight Bypass Double Track Railway Line Zaprešic – Horvati –Turopolje – Dugo SeloHungary Development Hungarian Sections of PP6 (Lyon-Venice-Trieste-Ljubljana-Budapest-Uzhgorod-Lemberg-Kiev) (RAIL)Romania Railway Infrastructure for the Access to the Second Bridge Over the Danube inCalafat – VidinSerbia Danube Region Intermodal Strategy (DRIS); Modernisation and constructionSeveral sections along Pan-European corridor XSlovakia Twin City Rail: Project Documentation and Public Information on Upgrade of theRail Connection Vienna – Marchegg – BratislavaSlovenia Modernisation and reconstruction of railway infrastructure along PP6, includingERTMSUkraine Construction of Railway Branch from Port Reni to Railway «Odessa - Izmail»
TRANSDANUVIOS project15Macro - region:Highly diverse with challenging transport issuesInterconnection between transport policy and other policies is importantLot of changes are foreseen (in medium to long term) in all modes of transportAwareness from the very beginning that „solid foundations“ are needed- where do we want to go? - what to achieve? - what is relevant for transport?A Common Transport Vision for the Danube Region IS NEEDED!Our intended way: Shared vision: what we want – the desired future we want to reach for transport Scenarios: what could happen to us – possible circumstances beyond our influence that wemight face when trying to make vision happen Strategy & roadmap: How we get through – what we have to do and how Engagement and implementation: making it happen – doing it and involving further groups inthe process in order to make the vision reality
16Multimodal Axis:NORTHERN AXISCENTRAL AXISSOUTH-EASTERN AXISSOUTH-WESTERN AXISMotorways of the Seas(SSS)e.g. Neighbourhood Connections: HLG chaired by Loyola de Palacio (Report November 2005)Communication from the Commission COM(2007) 32, 31 January 2007Respect decisions already made
17No common real progress in Danube region envisaged!Decisions to be made
18Challenges ahead (1)• Political support continues• Existing macro-regional strategies are incorporated into Multiannual FinancialFramework 2014-2020 (Danube programme, Partnership Agreement, OPs)Priority area 1b level:• common transport vision agreed before the end of the starting phase ofimplementation• all countries of the Region take an active part in implementation• stakeholders are stimulated to take over challenging role of leaders of projectsthat contribute to whole region?
Challenges ahead (2)To contribute to strengthening the position of railwaysby supporting: coordination of activities of various actors and their projects in order to avoid redundancy, infrastructure improvements (modernisation and construction), in particular cross-bordersections, missing links, bottlenecks; ), including aim to utilize longer and heavier trains interoperability, in terms to improve/enable technical (e.g. ERTMS), operative solutions(cross-border acceptance of locomotives) and removal of administrative obstacles thatwould increase the competitiveness of the rail freight transport and efficiency of operationsin relation to other modes, in EU and non-EU states of the Region. opening of the rail transport market to competition, regardless of administrative borders.19
2020PAC Serbia PAC SloveniaMiodrag Poledica, State Secretary Mr. Franc Žepič, SecretaryMinistry of Transport Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial PlanningBelgrade Ljubljanapoledica@mi.gov.rs email@example.comThank you very much!Please visit:www.danube-region.euhttp://groupspaces.com/MobilityRail-Road-Air/