This year’s 15th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Transport Panel discussed road safety and transport infrastructure – with a particular focus on TEN-T related priorities in the EaP countries, and the Transport Corridor Approach. The Panel reconvened on 18 September in Brussels, Belgium. At the meeting, DG NEAR and the World Bank presented the revised EaP Transport Investment Action Plan, and the European Commission’s (EC) new initiatives in road safety, as well as the TEN-T corridor approach and EC’s proposal for the definition of corridors in the EaP. Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF)‘s input was very well received by the stakeholders attending the meeting, especially the World Bank and EC.
EaP CSF was represented by Iryna Kosse (Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, Ukraine) and Oleksandra Gumeniuk (European-Ukrainian Energy Agency) – who gave numerous recommendations to the Panel, including on how and why it is important to:
- Stop the restoration project of the E40 Waterway
- Improve the management and coordination of road safety
- Decarbonise transport and infrastructure
- Develop the economic connectivity of the EaP Region
- Increase the sustainability of public transport and urban mobility
- Make EU support to civil society organisations more effective
The recommendations are explained in more detail in the EaP CSF Working Group 3 “Environment, climate change and energy security”: Recommendations on Transport below.