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Commission calls for a continent-wide European transport network

The European Commission has announced a five-point action plan aimed at building a continent-wide transport network covering the Central and East European countries (CEECs), the European countries of the former Soviet Union and the EU's partners in the Mediterranean.

In a doc...
The European Commission has announced a five-point action plan aimed at building a continent-wide transport network covering the Central and East European countries (CEECs), the European countries of the former Soviet Union and the EU's partners in the Mediterranean.

In a document analysing how best to connect the European Union's transport network with that of its neighbours the Commission also announced that it would put forward a multi-country programme for extending trans-European transport networks (TENs) to Eastern Europe under the Commission's re-modelled PHARE programme.

The Communication proposes the establishment of a "Pan-European Network Partnership", bringing together all those with a role to play in developing the network: the Union, Member States, the other countries concerned, the international financial institutions and the private sector.

In the run up to the Pan-European Transport Conference, due to be held in Helsinki in June 1997, and as the Union prepares for enlargement, it is important to consider how transport links should develop. The Commission has highlighted five themes for action:

- Fixing the "Pan-European Corridors and Areas" as a framework for ensuring efficient transport services with all EU neighbours (The Commission will continue to encourage all European countries, international financial institutions and the private sector to make every effort to complete the corridors and will now look to achieving a similar practical approach to transport investment in the Mediterranean Basin);

- Preparation for extension of the trans-European transport networks to the applicant countries as part of the pre-accession process;

- A common European approach to transport technology throughout the pan-European network;

- The encouragement of intelligent transport technologies (e.g. the application of computer technology, automatic signalling) throughout the network;

- Closer cooperation on research and technology.

The Commission believes that a comprehensive, environmentally-responsible pan-European transport network is vital for competitiveness, growth and jobs.

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