About 60 participants took part in the ACROSSEE Final Conference on 5 December in Vienna, organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, in cooperation with the CEI, Project Lead Partner.

The event aimed at illustrating the main results achieved over the 27-month project cycle, which focused on improving accessibility at border crossings. Rather than a final closing stage, the gathering was used as a springboard for future initiatives and improvements throughout South East Europe.

The Project Partners presented the outcomes of the Transport Model and related scenarios, survey results and future financial possibilities. Several speakers underlined the importance of “soft measures”, which contribute to the overall improvement of accessibility in the area. Infrastructure improvements, are necessary but rather costly and do not make much difference in travel duration, whereas administrative improvements at border crossings are more economical and favourably effect traffic flow.

The same opinion was expressed by Andreas Zimmer, Deputy Project Manager at UNECE-TER, inviting the ACROSSEE partners and joint stakeholders to discuss the outcomes and define possible joint actions.

Although the South East Europe Programme is going to be divided into three separate programmes, all partners  are determined to promote the results “across” the borders of the three programmes. They will try to make the most out of the main results for further developments, even after the end of the Project on 31 December 2014.

For more information: cozzi@cei.int, sinkovic@cei.int

CEI Alternate Secretary General, Margit Waestfelt delivering presentation

Family photo