Transport Community, CEFTA Take Green Lanes Forward

ZAGREB – The Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community and the CEFTA Secretariat, with support of the Croatian Customs Administration, organised the Green Lanes Steering Committee Meeting, gathering the representatives from all CEFTA and neighbouring EU Member States’ customs administrations, Western Balkans Ministries of Transport, and the European Commission.

The meeting, held on 5 March, evaluated the current implementation of the Green Lanes, explored opportunities for improvement, and discussed the Roadmap “Taking forward the EU-CEFTA/Western Balkans Green Lanes” towards fully digitalised pre-arrival information exchange at all major CEFTA-EU crossing points and their infrastructure improvements.

The Green Lanes Steering Committee Meeting underscored the joint commitment to facilitating swift and efficient trade across the CEFTA but also with the EU.

The meeting also enabled an overview of the benefits from the use of the SEED+ system for exchange of pre-arrival information from CEFTA to Croatia, Greece, and Italy, as well as discussions on the further extension to the EU-WB6 BCPs.

The support from the secretariates of CEFTA, and Transport Community and the European Commission was highlighted. Following the conclusions (declaration) from the latest Leaders’ Summit which took place on 29 February in Tirana, the Green Lanes initiative is fully recognised as a tool for transport and trade facilitation in the region and between the region and EU, in particular regarding the risk assessment, AEO, harmonisation of working hours, and modernisation of the BCP infrastructure, equipment and IT systems, aiming at reducing the formalities and the waiting times for freight.

SEED+ possibilities were presented, together with the current state of play in Green and Blue Lanes’ implementation and Roadmap’s Border Crossing Points (BCPs), while the European Commission shared the possibilities and functionalities of the Single Window Environment for Customs.