The Central European Initiative, together with the Albanian hosting partner the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, co-organised the 2nd ACROSSEE Steering Committee Meeting in Tirana, Albania on 1-2 October 2013. A great part of the project partnership, among which representatives of Ministries of Transport of SEE, universities, chambers of commerce, rail operators, regional administrations and research institutes participated in the event.
ACROSSEE, officially launched in October 2012, is financed under the South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and is promoted by the CEI as Lead Partner, in cooperation with 24 partner institutions from 13 countries in the region. The main aim of the project is to improve cross-border accessibility in the SEE area and strengthen coordination among SEE national administrations in the light of EU legislation.
The Meeting in Tirana was organised at a very crucial moment in the project’s life. Discussions focused  three main pillars: the transport modelling; the transport supply; and the real traffic flows surveyed both in the field of road and rail transport.
The CEI as lead partner updated the partnership on the current surveys performed on the South East Europe traffic flows and traffic counting on selected ports and interports. The project partner, the University of Thessaloniki, presented the surveys gathered at cross-border points and on transport commodities.  
The LP also presented the core institutional event of the project, which will be the Ministerial conference to be held in Trieste on 11-12 November 2013.  During the event, entitled “Institutional coordination for overcoming the crisis: investments and horizontal measures to increase development of the SEE region”, Ministers of transport and infrastructure, managing authorities at national, regional and local level, European decision-makers, stakeholders and transport providers will exchange views, set common objectives and priorities for the future development, optimisation and extension of the European transport networks. In the same framework, the project partners will sign a Multi-level Memorandum of Understanding, which will set the grounds for future developments in the field of transport within the region.
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