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HUNPOL-TRANS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 3369
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Country: Poland

Upgrading surface transport in Northeast Europe

After joining the EU in 2004, Hungary and Poland have been benefitting from European expertise in improving surface transport and building partnerships in the field with the rest of Europe.
Upgrading surface transport in Northeast Europe
Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are three adjacent countries that joined the European Union in 2004. Formerly part of the isolated Eastern Bloc, their transport systems were not running at peak efficiency when they joined the EU.

To address this challenge, the EU-funded project 'Stimulating, encouraging and facilitating the participation of Hungarian and Polish surface transport research organisations to FP6' (Hunpol-Trans) upgraded road transport for Hungary and Poland. (Slovakia, which falls between both these nations, embarked on a similar EU transport initiative, the Surfran project).

Hunpol-Trans encouraged stakeholders from industry and local governments of Hungary and Poland to participate in surface transport projects under the EU's Sixth (FP6) and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP7). At the same time, it aimed to bolster the European Research Area (ERA) by bringing in more research expertise and fostering new European partnerships.

To achieve its aims, the project identified target groups that could benefit from collaboration in the sector, establishing an online database of researchers, potential partners and relevant institutes. It then organised seminars, brokerage events and conferences on the topic, inviting young researchers and students to participate as well.

Hunpol-Trans outlined the technological needs of the surface transport industry, presented success stories to guide new projects and supported the formation of new project consortia. In a demonstration of the project's success, Polish technology platforms expressed strong interest in cooperating with Hunpol-Trans to identify industrial partners.

The emerging partnerships bode well for cooperation between old EU and new Member States. They also help ensure that improved surface transport and seamless connections will benefit societies of Northeast Europe, connecting Hungary, Poland and Slovakia on a regional scale.

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