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Brussels, 14 November 2003

    Pan European transport corridors: European Economic and Social Committee representatives meet main pan European corridor x partners

Resolution agreed on future priorities in the region

A delegation of the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society led by its President, Mr Alexander Graf von Schwerin was in Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro) on 3 November to meet representatives of the Serbian Government and the international and national social partners of the countries* involved with Corridor X.

Priority action points:

    Recognising the strategic role of the transports for the civil and economic growth of the region, participants adopted a Resolution highlighting the following key action points:

      Implementation of an action plan for rail and water transport in the region by decisively increasing investment, cross border cooperation and developing high quality services supporting an environmentally sustainable transport system;

      Drafting of a coherent infrastructures' plan for the region, including Bosnia Herzegovina into Corridor X, to integrate South East Europe into the pan European and global context;

      Improving cooperation among North Adriatic ports, in a climate of fair competition, putting particular focus on the rail and waterway links in the region;

      Strengthening inland navigation, by creating better network links to the other transport modes;

      Deepening cooperation among railway companies, industry and business, with support from the EESC;

      Assessing the social implications and finding a common basis for social standards and operational procedures in transport by taking into account the different status of EU integration of the individual countries, as well as supporting social dialogue to find a common ground for successfully restructuring and modernising the transport sector.

    Reflecting upon the need for more information exchange and the need for cross-corridor dialogue in the region, the EESC intends to hold a follow up meeting in 2004, assessing the progress made in respect to the conclusions of the conference.

The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they represent, to participate in the Community decision-making process. The Committee has 222 members. Its members are appointed by the Council of Ministers.

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