The Progressive Integration of European Inland Transport Markets
GAUTIER-DUGOR A-E, BCEOM, France
This paper on the progressive integration of European inland transport markets presents the completion of work carried out within the frame of the European Union Phare Programme on the Conditions for the Progressive Integration of European Inland Transpor
This paper on the progressive integration of European inland transport markets presents the completion of work carried out within the frame of the European Union Phare Programme on the Conditions for the Progressive Integration of European Inland Transport Markets (Phare contract N¡96-0822, August 1996).
The scope of the study covered all modes of inland transport i.e. road, rail, combined transport and inland waterways, for both freight and passenger carriage. This includes, in geographical terms, the eleven Phare countries (Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia) and the 15 European Union Member States.
The objectives of this paper are to present the barriers which limit the access to the European transport market for transport operators from the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), to examine means/measures for coping with these barriers and to present suggestions made for a progressive integration of European transport markets.
To define the conditions of integration and the actual situation of the sectors involved the following steps were taken :
* Review of the legal, commercial, financial and operational conditions faced by the Central and Eastern European transport operators. Through all the information obtained and through holding workshops, it was necessary to measure what particular difficulties are faced by transport operators in the CEEC in coming close to or achieving the standards of quality of service reached in the European Union.
* Identification, analysis and evaluation of the different barriers obstructing the integration of transport markets for each mode of transport
* Identification of measures to be taken to improve operators access to transport markets and to facilitate the progressive removal of existing barriers.
* Finally, to try to answer the central question : "How Can Conditions for Integration of European inland Transport Markets Be Improved ?"
Association for European Transport