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Transport Community

Transport Community

The European Commission publishes information on the Transport Community on this page - a dedicated website of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community will also soon be made available

The Transport Community is an international organisation composed of the EU and the six Western Balkan Parties (Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Republic of Serbia). Its key objective is to extend the EU transport market rules, principles and policies to the Western Balkan Parties through a legally binding framework.

Based on the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), the organisation was founded by the Treaty establishing the Transport Community, signed on 12 July 2017 in Trieste (Italy) and ratified by all partners (Council Decision (EU) 2019/392). It applies in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport and aims also at developing the transport network between the EU and the six Western Balkan Parties.

The Transport Community shall be based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the Western Balkan Parties into the EU transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment.

The Transport Community shall develop a rolling work plan for the development of the indicative TEN-T extension of the comprehensive and core networks to the Western Balkans, identifying priority projects of regional interest, which shall contribute to balanced sustainable development in terms of economics, spatial integration, environmental and social impact as well as social cohesion.

The Transport Community is supported by a Permanent Secretariat, based in Belgrade, Serbia. It is tasked to:

  • provide administrative support to the Ministerial Council, the Regional Steering Committee, the technical committees and the Social Forum;
  • act as a Transport Observatory to monitor the performance of the indicative TEN-T extension of the comprehensive and core networks to the Western Balkans;
  • support the implementation of the Western Balkans Six (WB6) Connectivity Agenda aiming to improve links within the Western Balkans as well as between the region and the European Union.

By decision of the Regional Steering Committee (16 January 2019) the Commission will be in charge of implementing the budget and initiating the work of the secretariat until the Permanent Director takes office.

(*) This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 (1999) and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Job opportunities

Vacancies for the Transport Community Secretariat. The transport Community applies a policy of equal opportunities, non-discrimination and geographical equilibrium.

PDF iconVacancy notice for the Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community

  • Applications must be sent by email no later than 15 September 2019 (date of the e-mail), 12:00 (Brussels time).
  • Your responsibilities:
    • To act as the Community’s legal representative and public face;
    • To support the implementation of EU legislation;
    • To manage the Permanent Secretariat.
  • Your skills:
    • Strategic and operational management experience;
    • Broad understanding of relevant EU policies;
    • Familiarity with South East Europe.

PDF iconVacancy notice for the Deputy Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community

  • Applications must be sent by email no later than 15 September 2019 (date of the e-mail), 12:00 (Brussels time).
  • Your responsibilities:
    • To prepare and monitor budgets;
    • To establish communication and IT policies;
    • To steer recruitment and retention.
  • Your skills:
    • Experience of managing budgets and human resources;
    • Knowledge of EU financial management rules;
    • Familiarity with South East Europe.

Call for interest for non-management positions in the Permanent Secretariat will soon be published

2019 Western Balkans summit (Poznan, 4-5 July)

Structure of the Permanent Secretariat

Staff rules of the Permanent Secretariat

Relevant documents

Transport Community Treaty

PDF iconAgreement on the Transport Community Headquarters

Rules of Procedure:

  1. PDF iconRegional Steering Committee
  2. PDF iconMinisterial Council

Ministerial Council conclusions:

Regional Steering Committee (RSC) conclusions:

Decisions taken by the Regional Steering Committee (RSC):

  1. PDF iconDecision 01/2019
  2. PDF iconDecision 02/2019
  3. PDF iconDecision 03/2019

Technical Committees:

  1. PDF iconRail Working Group
    1. First Rail Working Group 23 May 2019
  2. PDF iconRoad Safety Working Group
  3. PDF iconBorder crossing / Trade facilitation
  4. Transport Facilitation
    1. First technical committee 20 June 2019