The Republic of Turkey is the Country Coordinator for the Working Group on Transport for the term 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Mr. Yevgen KOZIY - Project Coordinator also in charge of the Working Group on Transport and other transport related bodies/issues.
Since its inception, BSEC paid special attention to cooperation in transport focusing mainly on how to utilize effectively intra-region capacity and growing transit potential of the Black Sea region. In 1992 BSEC established the Working Group on Transport and Communications. In 1994 the Working Group was divided into two working groups – on transport and on communications.
The Working Group on Transport has its regular meetings and it carries out its functions as a working organ of this cooperation. The Working Group is guided by a country-coordinator, which is elected on a biannual basis. In accordance with the Terms of Reference for a Country-Coordinator, the latter submits to the WG an Action Plan for its term of coordination and an Evaluation Report about state of cooperation at the end of the term (Evaluation Report of Ukraine,) a Country-Coordinator in the BSEC Working Group on Transport, for a period 1 July 2011 - 30 May 2013).
The meetings of the Ministers of Transport of the BSEC Member State constitute de-facto a decision making regular high-level transport forum with its mechanism of implementation - working group, steering committees and expert groups.
BSEC developed some important mutually supplemented projects in the region.
Cooperation on the gradual liberalization of transportation is going on within the Memorandum of Understanding on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods in the BSEC Region (signed in Kyiv in 2002). The work on the MoU was institutionalized – the Steering Committee on Facilitation of Road Transport of Goods was established. The BSEC Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) carries out the duty of its secretariat. This work is being done in a close cooperation and with valuable support of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the Union of the Road Transport Association in the BSEC region (BSEC-URTA).The Steering Committee works on the issues of gradual liberalization of transport, Permit system, monitoring of border waiting times, introduction of the International Vehicle Weight Certificate, harmonization of charging policies etc.
Cooperation on the development of road infrastructure was established within the Memorandum of Understanding for the Coordinated Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (signed in Belgrade on 19 April 2007). You may watch the movie on the project "Black Sea Ring Highway Caravan 2007". The work on the project was institutionalized – the Steering Committee (at present chaired by the Republic of Bulgaria), as a main driving force, and Joint Permanent Technical Secretariat were established. The Secretariat is managed by the public Greek company “Ignatia Odos” (Thessaloniki).
Development of maritime infrastructure and links is under way within the Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of the Motorways of the Sea at the BSEC Region(signed in Belgrade on 19 April 2007). The Cooperation was also institutionalized - it is coordinated by the Ad Hoc Working Group pertaining to this Memorandum of Understanding. The Republic of Turkey will host the MoS Joint Technical Secretariat during a two year period starting from 1 May 2013 followed by Romania – (1 May 2015 – 30 April 2017), the Russian Federation (1 May 2017-30 April 2019) and Ukraine (1 May 2019- 30 April 2021).
COOPERATION WITH THE OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The projects also constitute regional contribution to the extension of Trans-European Networks and the development of Euro-Asian transport links.
In the meantime, parallel to its work on these projects, BSEC, as a project-oriented organization, continue exploring new areas where it is desirable and realistic to develop and deepen multilateral cooperation in a regional format in the transport sphere, which carries particular prominence for the BSEC Organization. In this work special attention is paid cooperation with other international organizations such as UNECE, UNDP, IRU, IRF and BSEC sectoral dialogue partners, BRASS, BASPA, BINSA and BSEC-URTA.