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PLAN OF ACTION
 OF THE BSEC WORKING GROUP ON TRANSPORT
1 JULY 2013- 30 JUNE 2015
(Country-Coordinator: Ukraine)


1. GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

1. The present Action Plan in the field of Transport sets the main guidelines for enhancing mutually beneficial co-operation between the BSEC Member States for the period 2013-2015 directed at the integration of the national transport networks into the regional ones and furthermore into the Trans European Network and Euro-Asian Transport Linkages.

2. In its work the Working Group will be guided by the Istanbul Summit Declaration on the occasion of the Twentieth anniversary of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (26 June 2012), provisions of the BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership (Goal 3), resolutions of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, decisions of the Ministers of Transport of the BSEC Member States and the BSEC Public communication strategy.

3. This Action Plan represents consistency with work which had been carried out by BSEC in transport cooperation in accordance with previous action plans and it is directed at promoting sustainable transport systems which meet the economic, social and environmental needs of the people of the Black Sea Region, in order to reduce regional disparities and to link the BSEC Region’s transport infrastructure to European and Asian Networks.

4. The Working Group will strive to strengthen the project-oriented dimension of the BSEC Organization as it is foreseen by the BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership and in the document “Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the “Economic Agenda: towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership” by elaborating joint transport projects of regional impact within the BSEC framework.

5. In this regard, actions are for further implementation of projects foreseen by the Memoranda on the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway, Development of the Motorways of the Sea and Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods; continuation of cooperation in road safety; civil aviation; intermodal transportation; strengthening transport institutional capacity; undertaking new initiatives aimed at developing modern transport infrastructure and facilitating transportation.

6. The WG will continue the practice of exchange of information regarding the transport national strategies and investment projects being implemented in the BSEC Member States as well as on best practices used on transport. The WG will continue its work on better utilizing the BSEC Project Development Fund for initiating transport projects.

II. DEVELOPMENT OF ROAD AND MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE

a/ Memorandum of Understanding for the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (BSRH)

The Parties to the MoU will be encouraged to apply their every effort to finalize the BSRH main route and to start working on elaboration of the BSRH Master Plan. Coordination of activities with the Steering Committee on the Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway will be achieved via interaction between the BSEC PERMIS and BSRH Joint Permanent Technical Secretariat (Thessaloniki, “Egnatia Odos” State Company).

b/ Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) at the BSEC Region

7. Coordination of activities with the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea will be achieved via interaction of the Chairmanship, BSEC PERMIS and MoS Joint Technical Secretariat (Istanbul, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey). The Parties to the MoU will be encouraged to apply their every effort for elaboration of the MoS Master Plan as well as to elaborate on a Draft Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of Multimodal Ferry Lines in the Black Sea Region as it was recommended by the BSEC Working Group on Transport at the meeting on 28 May 2013 in Odessa, with the intention to sign this MoU before 2015.

III. FACILITATION OF ROAD TRANSPORT OF GOODS

Memorandum of Understanding on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods (FRTG) in the BSEC Region

8. The FRTG Steering Committee will continue its work on the issues of gradual liberalization of transport, visa facilitation, monitoring of border waiting times, harmonization of charging policies, introduction of the UNECE International Vehicle Weight Certificate and adherence by the Member States to major UNECE International Agreements and Conventions in the field of transport in accordance with the Time-Table on implementation of the MoU, adopted by the Steering Committee (attached as Annex 1).

IV. DEVELOPMENT OF INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION, MODERN COMPETITIVE RO-RO, RO-LA1, FERRY AND CRUISE LINES IN THE BLACK SEA REGION

9. This work will be carried out by the WG in coordination with the Steering Committee on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods (Objective 3 of the Time-Table for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region, doc. Annex V to BS/SC/FRTG/R(2012)1), a Task Force on studying possibilities regarding cooperation on intermodal transportation in the Black Sea region, Working Group on Tourism and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea.

10. Proper attention will be given to sharing experiences among the Member States in applying legal mechanisms in the sphere of passenger and freight  carriages in the BSEC Region as well as to implementing, where appropriate, innovative transport solutions for enhancing the transport efficiency in the BSEC Region (e.g. projects on “Viking”, “Transsib for 7 days”, “Istanbul-Trieste Ro-Ro Line” and others).

V. INTEGRATED MARITIME POLICY IN THE FIELD OF MARITIME TRANSPORT, PORTS, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRING IN THE BSEC REGION

11. As it is foreseen by the “BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership”, due attention will be paid to consideration of the possibility to elaborate a regional integrated maritime policy in the field of Maritime Transport, Ports, Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing in the BSEC Region as an important factor for sustainable economic growth.

VI. COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF CIVIL AVIATION

12. As it is foreseen by the document ““Way Forward for an Action Plan on the Implementation of the BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership”, the WG will continue exploring possibilities for enhancing cooperation in the field of civil aviation.

VII. UTILIZING THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT FUND AND PRIORITIES FOR PDF FUNDING

13. The WG will encourage the Members States and partners to initiate joint projects within the priority areas of the Project Development Fund outlined in the MoUs on the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway, Development of the Motorways of the Sea and the Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region. At the same time, other project proposals for the development of transport will be considered on the case-by-case basis.

VIII. STRENGTHENING THE BSEC INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY

14. In order to preserve and exploit the great potential and accumulated expertise as assets for national and regional development, the BSEC WG on Transport will continue its cooperation with other international organizations, Observers and Sectoral Dialogue Partners to BSEC.

15. In line with the “BSEC Economic Agenda Towards the Enhanced BSEC Partnership” further actions will be undertaken for implementation of cooperation agreements signed in transport field with other international organizations, in particular:

a. Cooperation Agreement between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) (2 July 2001).

b. Memorandum of Understanding between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) (27 September 2006).

c. Memorandum of Understanding between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the International Road Federation (IRF) (24 November 2006).

d. Memorandum of Understanding between the Permanent International Secretariat of the   Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation  and  the  Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA (13 December 2007).

e. Memorandum of Understanding on Sectoral Dialogue Partnership between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Danube Commission (8 June 2010).

f. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat (7 March 2011).

16. The WG will further discuss the draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the International Union of Railways at its next meetings.

18. The WG will:

a. further direct transport activities at interaction and achieving synergy with the UNECE work on development of the Euro-Asian Transport linkages (EATL), in particular, within implementation of the Memoranda on the  development  of  the  Black  Sea  Ring Highway, Motorways of the Sea and Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods.

b. Collaborate with the UNECE, IRU and BSEC-URTA on measures to start Implementation of the International Vehicle Weight Certificate (IVWC) under Annex 8 to the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods.

c. Further encourage the Member States to accede, as soon as possible, and implement Agreements and Conventions established under the auspices of the UNECE and the WCO.

d. continue its cooperation with UNECE on implementing the Decade of Action on the Road Safety (2011-2020) and, in particular, on “UNECE-BSEC Pilot Project on Readiness Assessment for the Implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) in the BSEC Region”.

e. interact with IRU and all parties involved on implementation  of  the  Model Highway Initiative and on complex of issues related to facilitation of road transport of goods (taxation of road transport of goods in the BSEC Member States, monitoring border waiting times etc).

f. utilize the valuable expertise of the BSEC Sectoral Dialogue Partners, in particular, BSEC-URTA , BASPA , BRASS  and BINSA  on the issues of facilitation of road transport of goods, maritime and multimodal transportation, development of cruise, Ro-Ro, Ro-La and ferry lines as well as on the possibility of elaborating a regional integrated maritime policy in the field of Maritime Transport, Ports, Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing in the BSEC Region.

g. Continue to provide its support to training seminars and conferences aimed at the exchange of experiences and best practices in the transport sector among experts of the BSEC Member States, other countries and international organizations.

IX. THE BSEC COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

19. The Working Group will pay due attention to the issue of increasing the visibility of the BSEC transport cooperation. The WG will also encourage its partners to contribute actively to this work.  The key messages on the BSEC transport cooperation will be elaborated.

X. LIST OF ACTIVITES:

a/ MINISTERIAL MEETINGS:

2014 – A Meeting of Ministers of Transport of the BSEC Member States (upon a decision of the BSEC Chairman-in-office) proceeded by a Meeting of Experts to prepare a Final Document of the Ministerial meeting.

b/ MEETINGS OF THE WORKING GROUP:

1. 1st Meeting – 26-27 November 2013 - Adoption of the Action Plan

2. 2nd Meeting (October-November 2014) – Evaluation of projects and other transport activities.

3. 3rd Meeting (September-November 2015) - Coordination meeting with  Romania (subject of consent of Romania) as the succeeding Country-Coordinator for 2015- 2017, Presentation of Evaluation Report of Ukraine for 2013-2015.

c/ MEETINGS OF SUBORDINATED ORGANS:

1. 25 November 2013, Istanbul – Meeting of the Task Force on Elaboration of a Road Map for the BSEC Pilot Project  on  the  Introduction  of  the  International  Vehicle Weight Certificate

2. 26 November 2013, Istanbul - Meeting of the Steering Committee on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region

3. March 2014, Istanbul – a Task Force on studying possibilities regarding cooperation on intermodal transportation in the Black Sea region

4. April 2014, Istanbul – meeting of the Task Force on Elaboration of a Road Map for the BSEC Pilot Project on the Introduction of the International Vehicle Weight Certificate

5. April 2014, Istanbul - meeting of the Steering Committee on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region

6. April 2015, Istanbul – a Task Force on studying possibilities regarding cooperation on intermodal transportation in the Black Sea region

7. April 2015, Istanbul – meeting of the Task Force on Elaboration of a Road Map for the BSEC Pilot Project on the Introduction of the International Vehicle Weight Certificate

8. April 2015, Istanbul - meeting of the Steering Committee on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region

d/ MEETINGS OF OTHER BSEC ORGANS:

1. Meeting of  the  Steering Committee  on  the  Development  of  the  Black  Sea  Ring Highway (will be scheduled by the Chairmanship in the BSRH Steering Committee).

2. Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea (will be scheduled by the Chairmanship in the Ad Hoc WG)

 

e/ MEETINGS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, BOARDS OF THE BSEC SECTORAL DIALOGUE PARTNERS

BSEC-URTA

1. 26 October 2013, Tbilisi, BSEC-URTA General Assembly

2. May 2014, Kiev, 25th BSEC-URTA General Assembly

3. November 2014, Geneva, 26th BSEC-URTA General Assembly with IRU

4. April - May 2015, (place - TBC), 27th BSEC-URTA General Assembly

BINSA

1. October-November 2013, (place - TBC), the 18-th BINSA Board Meeting

2. October-November 2014, (place - TBC), the 19-th BINSA Board Meeting

BASPA

1. May 2014, Odessa, BASPA Council Meeting

2. May 2015, Odessa, BASPA Council Meeting

BRASS

1. 18-19 September 2013, Varna, 34th Meeting of Members of BRASS

2. May 2014,  Varna, 35th Meeting of Members of BRASS

f/ RELEVANT EVENTS (seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences):

1. 4-6 September 2013, Odessa, 7th International Container Summit

2. October 2013, Odessa, International Black Sea Transport Forum and the 11th international Exhibition on the Shipping, Shipbuilding, Development of Ports and Trading «Odessa 2013»

3. 28-29 May 2014, Odessa, 8th Interdepartmental Meeting on Facilitation of Border Crossing in the International Transport by Rail

4. 28-30  May 2014,  Odessa  13th  Exhibition  and  International  Transport  Conference “INTERTRANSPORT”

5. September 2014, Odessa, 8th International Container Summit

6. September-October 2014, Odessa, 4th  International Conference “Black  Sea Cruise 2014”

7. October 2014, Odessa, International Black Sea Transport Forum and the 12th international Exhibition on the Shipping, Shipbuilding, Development of Ports and Trading «Odessa 2014»

8. May-June  2015,  Odessa  14th  Exhibition  and  International  Transport  Conference “INTERTRANSPORT”

9. The 8th IRU - Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference and Ministerial Meeting (St. Petersburg, June 2015)

10. The Russian Transport Week (Mos


Action Plan for the Steering Committee on the development of Black Sea Ring Highway