Commission proposes a Transport Community with the Western Balkans
The European Commission adopted today a package of measures aimed at improving transport connections between the European Union and its neighbours. It proposed a mandate in view to negotiate a Transport Community Treaty with the Western Balkans and reported on the good progress in the exploratory talks that followed the adoption of the "Guidelines for transport in Europe and neighbouring regions".
The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) has contributed to this Commission initiative by assessing various policy options and scenarios for the impact assessment. IPTS, a reference centre for the exploitation of several economic models, has run the TRANSTOOLS model to help estimate the impact of different scenarios regarding traffic volumes, costs, speeds and distribution in the Western Balkans countries and surrounding region.
The measures adopted by the Commission aim at improving transport connections between the European Union and its neighbours, and it proposes a mandate in view to negotiate a Transport Community Treaty with the Western Balkans. The objective of the treaty is to establish an integrated market for infrastructure and land, inland waterways and maritime transport and to align the relevant legislation in the Western Balkan region with Community legislation.
TRANSTOOLS is an IPTS co-developed model. This JRC Institute is co-ordinating its development, its application in support of transport policy making and its scientific validation and support to the user community. TRANSTOOLS combines advanced modelling techniques in transport generation and assignment, economic activity, trade, logistics, regional development and environmental impacts.