Annex IV to BS/WG/T/R(2019)1

 

ACTION PLAN[1]
 OF THE BSEC WORKING GROUP ON TRANSPORT (BSEC WGT)
1 JULY 2019 - 30 JUNE 2021

(Coordinator: BSEC PERMIS)

I. GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

 

  1. The cooperation in the field of transport is vital for achieving steady, sustainable and equitable development, stability and prosperity in all the BSEC Member States. The present Action Plan in the field of transport sets the main guidelines for enhancing mutually beneficial co-operation between the BSEC Member States for the period 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2021 directed towards both the integration of the national transport networks into the regional ones and further into the Trans European Network Transport (TEN-T) and Euro-Asian Transport Links (EATL), and the development of reliable, efficient, safe, integrated and sustainable transport systems in the BSEC region.

 

  1. The activities of the BSEC Working Group on Transport (WGT) will be aimed at the implementation of the Declaration of the 25th Anniversary Summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (22 May 2017, Istanbul), provisions of the BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership (Goal 3), resolutions of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, decisions of the Ministers of Transport of the BSEC Member States and the BSEC Public Communication Strategy. The WGT will apply its efforts to contribute to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the BSEC Region. The recommendations of the PABSEC General Assembly will be taking into account in a due way.

 

  1. In this regard, actions will be taken for the proper implementation of projects foreseen by the Memoranda on the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway, Development of the Motorways of the Sea and Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods; continuation of cooperation in road safety; development of intermodal transportation; strengthening transport institutional capacity; undertaking new initiatives aimed at developing modern transport infrastructure and facilitating transportation.

 

  1. The WGT will continue the practice of exchanging information regarding the transport national strategies and investment projects being implemented in the BSEC Member States as well as on best practices used on transport.

 

 II. DEVELOPMENT OF ROAD AND MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE

 

a/ Memorandum of Understanding for the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (BSRH)

 

  1. The Parties to the MoU will be further encouraged to apply their every effort on preparing the BSRH Master Plan. The Coordination of activities with the Steering Committee on the Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway will be achieved via interaction between the BSEC Chairmanship-in-Office, Presidency of the BSRH Steering Committee, the BSEC PERMIS and the BSRH Joint Permanent Technical Secretariat (Thessaloniki, “Egnatia Odos” State Company).

 

b/ Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) at the BSEC Region

 

  1. The Parties to the MoU will be further encouraged to apply their every effort for the elaboration of the MoS Master Plan. Coordination of activities with the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea will be achieved via interaction of the Chairmanship-in-Office, Presidency of the MoS WG, the BSEC PERMIS and the MoS Joint Technical Secretariat.

 

III. FACILITATION OF ROAD TRANSPORT OF GOODS

 

Memorandum of Understanding on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods (FRTG) in the BSEC Region

 

  1. The FRTG Steering Committee will continue its work on the issues of gradual liberalization of transport, visa facilitation, monitoring of border waiting times, introduction of the UNECE International Vehicle Weight Certificate and adherence by the BSEC Member States to major UNECE International Agreements and Conventions in the field of transport in accordance with the Time-Table on implementation of the MoU, adopted by the Steering Committee.

 

Development of intermodal transportation

 

  1. The BSEC Member States will take measures on the development of sustainable intermodal transport and logistics system for providing additional transport options to existing and future trade flows between BSEC Member-States, and at a global scale.

 

  1. The BSEC Member States support the setting up of a viable network of intermodal terminals as logistic platforms, instrumental in developing intermodality, so as are mentioned in the Thessaloniki Joint Declaration on 25 November 2014.  The BSEC Member States will also encourage the activity of the Task Force on studying possibilities regarding cooperation on intermodal transportation in the Black Sea region.

 IV.  DRAFT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTIMODAL FERRY AND PASSENGER LINES IN THE BLACK SEA REGION, PRESENTED BY THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

  1. The interested BSEC Member States will be further encouraged to apply their every effort to adopt the final text of the Draft Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of Multimodal Ferry Lines in the Black Sea Region, with the intention to sign this MoU. The interested Member States will be encouraged to seek signing the above Memorandum as soon as possible.

 

 V. INTEGRATED MARITIME POLICY IN THE FIELD OF MARITIME TRANSPORT, PORTS, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRING IN THE BSEC REGION

 

  1. As it is foreseen by the “BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership”, due attention will be paid to consideration of the possibility to elaborate a regional integrated maritime policy, in the field of Maritime Transport, Ports, Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing in the BSEC Region as an important factor for sustainable economic growth in compliance with the rules of IMO.

 VI. UTILIZING THE BSEC PROJECT MECHANISMS

 

  1. The WGT will encourage the BSEC Members States to utilize the BSEC project mechanisms in implementing the MoUs on the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway, Development of the Motorways of the Sea and the Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region. At the same time, other project proposals for the development of transport will be considered on the case-by-case basis.

 

VII. STRENGTHENING THE BSEC INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY

 

  1. The WGT will continue the practice of organizing the joint meetings and activities with the BSEC Working Group on Trade and Economic Development and on Customs Matters and on Transport aimed at promotion of new technologies and trade facilitation tools for digitalization, as well as facilitation of border crossing and fast and seamless transition of goods through transport corridors.

 

  1. In order to preserve and exploit the great potential and the gained expertise as assets for national and regional development, the WGT shall continue its cooperation with other international organizations, Observers and Sectoral Dialogue Partners to BSEC.

 

  1. Relevant international organizations, such as UN ECE, European Commission, as well as others, will be invited to attend the meetings of the WGT in order to exchange views and create synergies between the present Action Plan and the programs and financial instruments developed by the European Union or any other international organization in the field of transport.

 

  1. In line with the “BSEC Economic Agenda: Towards the Enhanced BSEC Partnership” further actions will be undertaken for implementation of cooperation agreements signed in transport field with other international organizations, in particular:
  1. Cooperation Agreement between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) (2 July 2001).

  2. Memorandum of Understanding between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) (27 September 2006).
  3.  Memorandum of Understanding between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the International Road Federation (IRF) (24 November 2006).
  4.  Memorandum of Understanding between the Permanent International Secretariat of the   Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation  and  the  Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA (13 December 2007).

  5. Memorandum of Understanding on Sectoral Dialogue Partnership between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Danube Commission (8 June 2010).

  6. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat (7 March 2011).

  7. Memorandum of Understanding between the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the International Union of Railways (3 March 2016).

 

  1. The Working Group on transport will:

                                                                                                  

  1. Further direct transport activities at interaction and achieving synergy with the UNECE work on development of the Euro-Asian Transport linkages (EATL), in particular, within implementation of the Memoranda on the  development  of  the  Black  Sea  Ring Highway, Motorways of the Sea and Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods.

  2. Collaborate with the UNECE, IRU and BSEC-URTA on measures to develop the Implementation of the International Vehicle Weight Certificate (IVWC) under Annex 8 to the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods.

  3. Further encourage the BSEC Member States to accede, as soon as possible, and implement Agreements and Conventions established under the auspices of the UNECE and the World Customs Organization (WCO).
  4. Provide support to the measures related to the facilitation of border crossing and fast and seamless transition of goods through transport corridors, including the use of electronic documents such as digital BSEC ePermit,eVisa, eTIR, eCMR;

  5.  Promote a Single Window System, joint control procedures aimed at reducing waiting times at national border crossing points and facilitating custom checks;

  6. Continue its cooperation with UNECE on implementing the Decade of Action on the Road Safety (2011-2020) and, in particular, on “UNECE-BSEC Pilot Project on Readiness Assessment for the Implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) in the BSEC Region”.

  7. Interact with IRU and all parties involved on implementation  of  the  Model Highway Initiative and on complex of issues related to facilitation of road transport of goods (taxation of road transport of goods in the BSEC Member States, monitoring border waiting times etc).

  8. Utilize the valuable expertise of the BSEC Sectoral Dialogue Partners, in particular, BSEC-URTA, BASPA, BRASS and BINSA  on the issues of facilitation of road transport of goods, maritime and multimodal transportation, development of cruise, Ro-Ro, Ro-La and ferry lines as well as on the possibility of elaborating a regional integrated maritime policy in the field of Maritime Transport, Ports, Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing in the BSEC Region, in compliance with the IMO rules.

  9. Continue to provide its support to training seminars and conferences aimed at the exchange of experiences and best practices in the transport sector among experts of the BSEC Member States, other countries and international organizations.

 

VIII. THE BSEC COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

 

  1. The WGT will pay due attention to the issue of increasing the visibility of the BSEC transport cooperation. The WGT will also encourage its partners to contribute actively to this work.

 

  1. The WGT will support the activity of all BSEC partners involved in projects and their policies on promotion of trade and transport facilitation in the BSEC region, and render its support to the initiative on organization of the “BSEC Stand” at the ITF Forum in Leipzig and convening, under the relevant BSEC Chairmanship, of the ad hoc meetings of Ministers of Transport of the BSEC Member States during their participation in the Forum.

 

 IX. LIST OF ACTIVITIES:

 

Note: The list of activities will be updated in consultations with the BSEC Chairmanship-in-Office upon receiving proposals from the Member States and the BSEC PERMIS during the biannual period

 

PLANNED

A/ MINISTERIAL MEETINGS:

 

2020 and (or) 2021 - A meeting of Ministers of Transport of the BSEC Member States (upon the decision of the BSEC Chairman-in-Office).

 

B/ MEETINGS OF THE WORKING GROUP ON TRANSPORT:

12 November 2019, BSEC HQ

October-November 2020

October –November 2021, Presentation of the Evaluation Report for 2019-2021.

 

C/ MEETINGS OF OTHER TRANSPORT ORGANS:

Steering Committee on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region (will be scheduled by the Chairmanship in the FRTG Steering Committee) - BSEC Headquarters, 2020 and 2021

 

Steering  Committee on the Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (will be scheduled by the Presidency  in the BSRH Steering Committee) - BSEC Headquarters, 11 November 2019, 2020 and 2021

 

Ad Hoc Working Group on the Motorways of the Sea (will be scheduled by the Presidency  in the Ad Hoc WG) - BSEC Headquarters, 11 November 2019, 2020 and 2021

Meeting Related to the Implementation of the Project “BSEC PERMIT System” - BSEC Headquarters, 13 November 2019, October-November 2020 and 2021

 

Task Force on studying possibilities regarding cooperation on intermodal transportation in the Black Sea Region - BSEC Headquarters, 2020 and 2021

 

Task Force on introduction of the IVWC - BSEC Headquarters, 2020 and 2021

 

D/ BSEC PROMOTION ACTIVITIES

Presentation of the BSEC Stand at the ITF Annual Summit – Leipzig, 2020 and 2021