IPA Transport Operational Programme in Turkey

The overall objective of the "Transport" programme is to increase the competitiveness,safety and better services  of Turkey by supporting investments in transport infrastructure sector. In this framework the scope of the intervention in Turkey will cover transport infrastructure, including in particular interconnection, interoperability and intermodality of national networks and with the trans-European networks. With regard to freight transportation, efforts should be deployed in order to rebalance the modes of transportation in favour of rail. The Trans European Network for Transport study (TINA) is the key background study for the identification of investment priorities in the transport sector. The TOP is respecting the Pre-Accession process of Turkey. Priorities concentre on rail, ports projects.

1. Priorities and Measures

Priority 1: Improvement of Railway Infrastructure (EC contribution: €159,108,000)
This priority axis aims to modernize the railway infrastructure of Turkey to meet the increasing demand in both passenger and freight transport while ensuring safe transportation, better services and integration with TEN-T network. To promote international and transit movement of passenger and freight in Turkey by providing effective connections with the EU corridors. To complete missing links of Turkish rail transport network connecting to TEN-T accordingly. Special attention should be given to freight transportation.

Priority 2: Improvement of Maritime Infrastructure (EC contribution: € 17,100,000)
This priority aims to modernize the port infrastructure in Turkey in order to improve the capacity of some strategic ports to meet the increasing demand and rationalize modes of transport in Turkey according to EU Motorways of the Sea objectives; to promote international and transit movement of freight in Turkey by providing effective connections with the EU maritime routes through the modernization and development.

Priority 3: Technical Assistance (EC contribution: € 3,492,000)
This priority axis aims to ensure a sound and efficient management and implementation of the programme, by improving the administrative capacity of the institutions concerned and supporting implementation, monitoring, evaluation, control and communication activities, as well as to prepare projects for current and subsequent programmes.

2. Financial Table

Years 2007-2009

Public Expenditure

Public Expenditure (€)

IPA co-financing rate


Community Contribution (IPA) (€)

National Public Contribution

Priority Axis 1

212 144 000

159 108 000

53 036 000


Priority Axis 2

22 800 000

17 100 000

5 700 000


Technical Assistance

4 656 000

3 492 000

1 164 000


Total Years 2007-2009

239 600 000

179 700 000

59 900 000


3. Major Project

  • Railway

4. Contact & Links

Head of the Operating Structure for the Transport Operational Programme

Suat Hayri Aka, Deputy Undersecretary of State
T.C. Ulaştırma Bakanlığı Hakkı
Turayliç Caddesi 5
06338 Emek Ankara



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