Dear visitor, allow me to share with you the vision of our organisation.
Over the past three years, the Western Balkans and Transport Community have experienced significant progress since the operational launch of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat, despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. We grew as an organisation, played a crucial role in assisting the contracting parties of the Transport Community Treaty in achieving their goals of transport integration into the European Union and welcomed three new members to the Transport Community as observers, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia.
Together with our partners, we have developed comprehensive sets of guiding documents and action plans to support Southeast European parties in fulfilling their commitments under the Transport Community Treaty.
We have produced the first edition of the Five-year rolling work plan for the indicative extension of the region’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and yearly published Reports on the state of the TEN-T network in the Western Balkan Partners and Reports on Action Plans and Acquis Implementation. The Secretariat has introduced digital tools to support these deliverables, such as Western Balkan Road Safety Observatory and Transport Community Transport Observatory.
We have made significant progress on the extension of Green Lanes to the Western Balkans and the establishment of Green Lanes between European Union member states and regional partners.
With the revision of the TEN-T extended network, aiming better to recognise the realities and ambitions of regional partners and significantly contribute to realising key connectivity projects in the Western Balkans, we are looking ahead of establishing for the first time the Western Balkans Eastern Mediterranean European Transport Corridor, that would integrate the entire region with neighbouring European Union member states.
In the upcoming period, we shall continue working closely with our partners in the Western Balkans and the EU to establish stronger connections among policy reforms, connectivity projects, and Secretariat’s assistance on making substantial steps towards transport market integration of SEE contracting parties to the European Union transport market, upgrade and further develop targeted and streamlined policy implementation Action Plans and fully deploy the Transport Observatory’s analytical tools.
Furthermore, our efforts will be directed towards integrating more participating observers into the work of the Transport Community and progressing further with the inclusion of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia as full members.
The success of the Transport Community depends on our collective effort to implement policy changes and provide connectivity projects that benefit the citizens of the region. Maintaining a strong sense of community within the Transport Community will remain critical to the region’s advancement towards European Union integration in transport policy and accession process.
* 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.