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Brussels, 19 November 2010
Vice-President Kallas welcomes progress on enhanced cooperation between EU and Russia in transport
Vice-President Siim Kallas, currently visiting Moscow, has welcomed the progress made with Russia on cooperation in the fields of aviation, shipping, rail, road safety and transport security. There was also progress in agreeing on a new framework to make EU–Russia transport dialogue more efficient. To that end, a concrete mandate will be given to existing working groups, particularly in view of their contribution to the Partnership for Modernisation.
Vice-President Siim Kallas said: "We made good progress on strengthening and organising cooperation in practically all modes of transport, to secure not only business routes for goods to and from Russia, but also to ensure an efficient continental alternative for transporting goods to and from China. As the world becomes increasingly global, especially in transport, economic isolation is costly".
In 2005, the European Union and Russia signed terms of reference to enhance the EU–Russia dialogue in the field of transport and infrastructure. During the EU–Russia summit in June 2010, there was a joint statement on the Partnership for Modernisation. Vice-President Siim Kallas and Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin have agreed the following:
See also SPEECH/10/657