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The Initiative for the EU4Sea-rail

The EU4SEA-rail countries (Representatives of Ministries of Transport and Port Authorities) agreed on a conference in June 2008 to establish a capable railway transport corridor, that identifies existing bottlenecks and cope with the growing quantitative and qualitative requirements of existing and forecasted passenger and freight transport in high quality. Based on this common understanding, it is necessary to review and implement appropriate measures for a coordinated collaboration  (e.g. Letter of Intent, work groups, EU-coordinator) to achieve the mentioned objectives. A first target is the consideration of this corridor in the forthcoming revision of the EU TEN-T guidelines.

In the long term the initiative aims to generate immediate advantages from the development of the European -Transport Networks for the people and companies in the involved regions.

The alliance of the corridor countries is aimed at a significant enhancement of the speed level for passenger transport and on an improvement of the relevant capacity parameters for freight transport. 

So, a clearly higher efficiency of the routes is supposed to be reached altogether, that should fulfill the following mobility goals:  

  • Enhanced accessibility of the regions over long distances in international passenger transport
  • Increase of the EU-15 external trade corporations with the prospering Southeastern European countries in order to participate in their economic growth
  • Handling of the growing transport volumes in hinterland transport of the North and Baltic Sea ports as well as the Adriatic and Black Sea ports
  • Support of the modal shift from road to rail and – by the connection of EU4SEA-rail to the “Motorways of the Sea” to sea transport  –   through the concentration of freight volume in the sea ports
  • Essential contribution to the European cohesion and integration, as EU4SEA-rail connects differ-ent economic as well as cultural regions and reduces the regional disparities.
  • Increasing growth and productivity in the regions as result of the higher mobility of people and goods
  • Strengthening of the location advantages for the regional economy
  • Compliance of the mobility requirements through an ecological efficient transport system, in particular for the implementation of political objectives for the reduction of CO2 emissions  


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