Transport Corridor Europe – Caucasus – Asia (TRACECA)
TRACECA is an ambitious interstate programme aimed at supporting the political and economic development in Black Sea Region, Caucasus and Central Asia by means of improvement of the international transport.
What is TRACECA?
The technical assistance programme for the development of the transport corridor between Europe and Asia across the Black Sea, the countries of the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea and the Central Asian countries – the TRACECA programme – was launched in May 1993. Since then the EU has financed 62 technical assistance and 14 investments projects.
TRACECA aims at supporting political and economic independence of the Republics by enhancing their capacity to access European and World markets through alternative transport routes, encouraging further regional co-operation among the partner countries and increasingly being a catalyst to attract the support of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and private investors.
The year of 2008 in the life of TRACECA is notable by such significant events as 15th Anniversary of the TRACECA Programme and 10th Anniversary of signing the “Basic Multilateral Agreement on International for Development of the “Europe-the Caucasus-Asia” Corridor”.
On 16 June 2009 the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) TRACECA was held in the Kyrgyz Republic. Main issues of discussions were the state of play in 2008 of the Action Plan on Implementation of the IGC TRACECA Strategy on the Development of the Europe – the Caucasus – Asia Transport Corridor for the period up to 2015, the increase of the TRACECA corridor competitiveness and attraction of additional traffic flows, further prospects of the TRACECA development, and reforming the TRACECA structures in the context of the South-Eastern Axis development for the extension of the Trans-European Transport Networks to the neighbouring EU countries and the Central Asian countries.
How does it work?
The strategic framework of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) TRACECA comprises a number of pillars in order to achieve by 2015 the desired objective of delivering a sustainable, efficient and integrated multimodal transport system at both the EU and TRACECA levels:
• Assisting in the development of economic relations, trade and transport communications in Europe, Black Sea region and Asia
• Ensuring access to the world market of road, rail transport and commercial navigation
• Ensuring traffic security, cargo safety and environment protection
• Harmonisation of transport policy and legal structure in the field of transport
• Creation of equal conditions of competition for transport operations
Following the conclusions reached at the EU-Caspian region Transport Ministerial Conference on 14 November 2004 in Baku, 4 expert working groups have been created
• security in all modes of transport,
• road and rail transport,
• transport infrastructure
At the occasion of the Second Ministerial Conference on transport Cooperation in May 2006, a fifth Working group on maritime transport has been created.
Who are the TRACECA partners?
In September 1998, twelve countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine) signed the “Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for the Development of the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia” (MLA), including four supplementary technical annexes on rail and road transport, commercial maritime navigation, customs procedures and documentation during the International TRACECA Conference in Baku.
At Issyk-Kul during the 7th Intergovernmental Conference the Islamic Republic of Iran was welcomed within TRACECA. Turkmenistan is a participating country in the Technical Assistance Programme without having signed the MLA.
Where can I get further information?
The Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA is based in Azerbaijan.
Secretary General: Mr. Zhantoro Satybaldiyev
8/2, General Aliyarbekov Street AZ-1005 Baku - Azerbaijan
Tel: +994-12-598 27 18, 498 92 34, 498 72 47
Fax: +994-12-498 64 26
Additional informations may be found on the TRACECA website or by contacting the programme managers in EuropeAid:
- Barbara Bernardi, EuropeAid A3, Programme Manager (Transport)
- Xavier Derrey, EuropeAid D2, Project Manager (Central Asia)