Will stimulate the development of rail infrastructure throughout south-eastern Europe
Recently, the first meeting of the UIC SEEA Taskforce was held in Ljubljana under the chairmanship of Dr Peter Verlič, Director of the Institute of Transport & Traffic in Ljubljana.
The initiative for SEE-SARI was born during the October 2014 South East Europe Rail Conference which was held in Belgrade, presented by Dr Peter Verlič, the research institute of Slovenian Railways and was strongly supported by the UIC Director-General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. As can be clearly seen from the current TEN-T map, a substantial part of South East Europe is left uncovered and blank while it contains many important harbours, airports, cities and the important railway corridor Munich-Salzburg-Ljubljana-Graz-Zagreb-Sofia-Istanbul. This is not at all a favourable situation and action is needed to update, develop, connect and innovate the railway network throughout South East Europe.
The UIC SEEA Special Taskforce, chaired by Dr Peter Verlič, who is also a member of the UIC’s RICG and IRRB as well as of the Regional ERTMS Working Group, will stimulate and facilitate the work of SEE-SARI wherever possible.
The work of SEE-SARI will be built around the core rail system components which are indicated in the Challenge 2050 and the Rail Technical Strategy Europe (RTSE) that was published by the UIC on behalf of the ROC in February 2014.
Over the next two months, the SEE-SARI network of founding members will be further built up and Taskforce chairman Peter Verlič and the other founding members will visit and contact a number of the other railways in South East Europe as well as other crucial stakeholders. The first steps will be made to draft the Vision and Strategy documents and to discuss common priorities. In the meantime, an overview will be prepared by the founding members of already existing projects and initiatives.
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