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ROBG-2 Intermodal CBC “Investigation of opportunities for reducing the TEN-T network use within the cross-border region Romania-Bulgaria through optimization of the freight and passenger transport and the development of a joint mechanism for support of the intermodal connections”

What’s the goal?

A joint mechanism to facilitate the connection of secondary/tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure in the CBC area

What’s the budget?

1,428,765.73 euro, out of which 1,214,450.87 ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): Association of Danube River Municipalities “Danube”, Belene, Pleven (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): The Ecological Initiative and Sustainable Development Group Foundation - E.I.S.D.G Foundation

When is it happening?

Start date: 03.02.2016

End date: 02.02.2018

Duration: 24 months

Where is it happening?

Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven, Vidin, Vratsa, Ruse and Dobrich in Bulgaria (+ Sofia).

Giurgiu, Mehedinţi, Calarasi, Constanta, Dolj in Romania (+Bucharest).

How is it going to happen?

  • 1 preliminary study on intermodal nodes’ current state and their capability to enhance the TEN-T network within the CBC area
  • 1 common strategy on TEN-T network enhancement through improving intermodal nodes’ capacity
  • 8 round tables

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 1 joint mechanism created

Programme results: 4,770,000 people will be served by modernized infrastructure leading to TEN-T

Project status

The implementation period of the project was finalized on 02.02.2018.

The project was opened with 2 press conferences in Ruse and Craiova.
The common preliminary study on the current state of the intermodal nodes and the possibilities to upgrade the TEN-T was realized. The Study was discussed during 4 dedicated roundtables organized in June 2017 during which the cross-border area stakeholders provided feedback.

Based on the results of the Preliminary Study, the Lead Beneficiary commenced the elaboration of the Common Strategy on TEN-T network enhancement through improving intermodal nodes’ capacity. The three variants for vision, mission, objectives and priorities of the Strategy were discussed during 4 round tables with stakeholders organized in November 2017 and the final version was delivered by the contractor in December 2017.

The project main outputs include a preliminary study of the current state of the intermodal nodes in the cross-border area and their capability to enhance the TEN-T network and a common strategy on TEN-T network enhancement through improving intermodal nodes’ capacity. The scope of the preliminary study was to investigate the current state of the transport systems and intermodal nodes in the cross-border region and select the optimal variant for the development of the intermodal transport in the region. Based on the variant selected as a result of the 4 round tables with stakeholders several priority projects and development directions were established of the Study, which following the discussions with the stakeholders during the next round tables, and the input from the project beneficiaries, resulted in a list of priority projects, set out in the Strategy (Annex 5). The Strategy itself, defines the roles and provides guidelines for the activities of the project partners for ensuring the necessary premises, including advocacy for legislative initiatives, facilitating partnerships, provision of information and expertise, mobilization of support at all levels, etc. for the realisation of those priority projects and development directions, as established within the Study.

The Strategy is based on the premise that the realization of the above mentioned measures will result in the effective implementation of the priority projects and therefore to the modernization of the infrastructure leading to TEN-T networks. In this sense the achievement of the proposed contribution to the Programme result indicators implies not only the implementation by the project partners of the measures set out in the Strategy, but also on the effective implementation of the priority projects recommended in the Study and established in the Strategy.

Therefore, the contribution of the project to the Programme result indicator “People served by modernized infrastructure leading to TEN-T” will be monitored during the project sustainability period.

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