The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.TH.) participates in the ”Accessibility Improved at Border Crossing for the Integration of South-East Europe” (ACROSSEE) Project, which will contribute to the optimisation of international borders management, that includes reducing cross-border transit time, increase regional and international trade by improving border crossings, ensuring that national trade facilitation procedures are compatible with markets and administrative procedures.
The project will promote institutional and stakeholders permanent cooperation in order to provide concrete actions and projects to contribute to the Danube strategy for Danube regional, the Adriatic strategy and the Black sea synergy: this platform will serve as a basis for the implementation of the One stop shop along the selected corridor.
The project is funded by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and it has duration of 24 months, from October 2012 until September 2014.
The objective of the project will be realized through several specific actions:
v Establishment of an institutional multilevel platform and promotion of administrative cooperation in order to complete and extend the implementation of the TEN-T network and to enhance cooperation among relevant stakeholders with the aim of improving national and regional strategic plans.
v Elaboration of an integrated transport model completed with the inclusion of local and international flows.
v Elaboration of an action plan for cross-border points and bottlenecks in South East Europe Area and of a joint proposal for administrative standardisation and concrete plan for cutting transit time on EU corridors and Western Balkans comprehensive network.
v Field survey on selected rail border crossing points in the whole South East Europe Area and field survey on selected road crossing sections.
v Promotion of actions for the agreements of infrastructure interconnection in order to expedite border-crossings procedures.
v Action plan for the synergy of European Macroregional Strategies (Strategy for the Danube Region, Adriatic-Ionian Strategy and Black Sea Synergy) including the preparation of a series of tangible actions/project proposals to be submitted to the EU coordinators for these regional initiative.
Kick - Off Meeting (Trieste, 19 - 21 November 2012)
1st Steering Committee Meeting (Vienna, 04 - 05 April 2013)
Organized field surveys at Border Crossing Points and Traffic Counts in the framework of ACROSSEE project
The methodology for surveys (field surveys/ questionnaire surveys, interviews, observations and traffic counts at border crossing stations in SEE region) to be performed in the framework of the project has been finalized.
Surveys will be performed by the responsible Project Partners in each country in the forthcoming period and until mid-June. The surveys (including traffic counts) will be performed at thirty (30) Rail BCPs and thirty five (35) Road BCPs in total, while only traffic counts will be performed at five (5) more intra-Schengen international borders.
Website of ACROSSEE project published
The website of the ACROSSEE project has been published on May 24, 2013. Visit the official website at www.acrossee.net!
Also, Join and Like the ACROSSEE Community on Facebook, created on April 17, 2013!
EU – funded Project ACROSSEE: Project Meeting (Tirana – Albania, 1 - 2 October 2013)
The Second Project and Steering Committee meeting was held in Tirana on October 1st and 2nd. Partners contributed to the progress of the technical activities, focusing on the results and pending activities related to field surveys (35 road and 30 rail cross border points to be surveyed!). Preliminary discussions on the transport model were also initiated.
Workshop on ACROSSEE Data Management Center (Vienna – Austria, 30 October 2013)
AustriaTech is going to organize a workshop on the ACROSSEE Data Management Center (DMC) that took place in Vienna, Austria, on 30th October 2013. The aim of the workshop was to learn about the user needs and suitable data content of the DMC. Moreover, data exchange restraints were identified and how to overcome them. The desired outcome of the workshop was to achieve long-term sustainability and commitment of key stakeholders and financial resources on national level. The addressed audiences were mainly ministries of transport, universities and consultants as well as representatives of related projects or initiatives. Read more...
ACROSSEE Ministerial Conference in November 2013
The Ministerial Conference organized in the framework of the ACROSSEE project has been announced on the official website.
ACROSSEE promo video presented on the Ministerial Conference watch the video
ACROSSEE on the 9th AMM of Transport on Western Balkans and the South East Europe Transport Observatory
ACROSSEE members participated at the Annual Meeting of the Ministers of Transport of the Western Balkans, organised in Brussels on December 3rd 2013 by the SEETO Regional Participants, in the framework of the MoU signed in 2004 for the development of SEE Comprehensive Transport Network. The meeting gathered high level representatives and stakeholders, including the European Commission vise-President responsible for Transport. see more
Cooperation of ACROSSEE with European Commission, World Bank and SEETO
On December 3, 2013 in Brussels an ACROSSEE delegation met with representatives of the European Commission, the World Bank and SEETO after the 9th Annual Ministerial Meeting. The ACROSSEE delegation presented the transport progress of the model elaboration and results of the surveys at border-crossings performed in the framework of ACROSSEE. The discussion focused on the synergy to be established between ACROSSEE and SEETO’s Flagship Axes Initiative regarding the performance of specific international corridors of SEETO Comprehensive Network and the Regional Balkans Infrastructure Study update, financed by the World Bank within the Western Balkans Investment Framework.
ACROSSEE field surveys completed
The field surveys, observations and traffic counts at road and rail BCPs in the framework of ACROSSEE have been completed. Specifically, surveys have been completed at 29 (out of 30 initially planned) rail BCPs and 30 (out of 35) road BCPs. Moreover, almost 3,000 questionnaires addressed to drivers of commercial vehicles were filled. The analyses of the collected data are on-going.
ACROSSEE participation to Congres ATEC ITS France, Paris, January 2014
In Paris, on 29-30 January 2014, the annual ATEC ITS Congress took place. Prof. Taxiltaris, scientific responsible of the ACROSSEE team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, participated at the Congress and presented a paper regarding the connectivity of the city of Thessaloniki with South East Europe. The paper refers to the supply and demand for passenger transport, as mapped in the framework of Rail4SEE project (also co-funded by SEE Programme), and makes reference to the work performed in the framework of ACROSSEE towards the facilitation of international transport through the improvements of border crossings. These improvements could contribute to the increase of the modal share of railways regarding international passenger transport, which at time being is very limited. Read more...
ACROSSEE presentation at the EU Parliament, Brussels, April 2014
On April 3rd 2014 a Workshop of the project “Accessibility Improved at Border Crossings for the Integration of South-East Europe (ACROSSEE)” took take place at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Conference was attended by Members of the European Parliament (Transport Committee), representatives of the European Commission (Directorates General for Regional Affairs Policy and Mobility & Transport), Ministries of Transport and infrastructure Infrastructure (Austria, Croatia, Italy), Regions (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Smolyan), Universities (Venice International University and the Polytechnic University of Bucharest), Chambers of Commerce (Belgrade, Venice and Trieste) and other relevant stakeholders from the South East Europe (SEE) region.
The aim of the event was to illustrate to the European legislators and relevant stakeholders the main objectives and results achieved so far by the ACROSSEE project and to discuss effective strategies for supporting European integration of the SEE region through regional cooperation in the field of transport, by easing up transport red tape and cross-border bottlenecks which are major obstacle to unleashing SEE's economic potential. Read more...
Transport Research Arena Conference, Paris, April 2014
TRA (Transport Research Arena) is the major conference on transport in Europe, supported by the European Commission, the Conference of European Road Directors, and the three European Technology Platforms: the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), and the WATERBORNE TP.
During the Conferene, Professor Christos Taxiltaris, scientific responsible of the ACROSSEE team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, presented a paper under the title "Strategic tools for infrastructure development and transport systems integration is Southeast Europe" concerning the experience and the contribution of the authors (Dr. Marios Miltiadou, Prof. Christos Taxiltaris, Prof. George Mintsis & Prof. Socrates Basbas) to the process and the methodology of technical support to the planning and implementation of the Pan-European Transport Networks in South Eastern Europe, through their experience as Technical Secretariat of the Steering Committee of Pan-European Corridor X and SEETAC and ACROSSEE projects, funded by the South East Europe Territorial Cooperation Programme. Read more...
3rd International Conference on Road and Rail Infrastructure - CETRA 2014, Split – Croatia, April 2014
The intention of the 3rd International Conference on Road and Rail Infrastructure – CETRA 2014 is to bring together scientists and experts in the fields of road and railway engineering, and give them one more opportunity to present the results of their research, findings and innovations. The development of a society, particularly its economic development, is presently unthinkable without a developed transportation infrastructure, roads and railways in particular. The conference is an opportunity for scientists and experts in the field of roads and railways to analyze problems encountered in everyday engineering practice and to offer possible solutions for a more efficient planning, design, construction and maintenance in these areas.
During the Conference, Professor Georgios Mintsis, member of the ACROSSEE team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, presented a paper under the title "Towards maximization of the added value of strategic infrastructure projects in South East Europe through improvements at Border Crossing Points" (by Dr. M. Miltiadou, Dr. E. Bouhouras, Prof. Chr.Taxiltaris and Prof. G. Mintsis) concerning the preliminary results of the extensive survey campaign which has been performed in the framework of the ACROSSEE project in order to register the current situation at several Border Crossing Points (BCPs) of the region towards the identification of problems and the definition of short-term proposals for international trade and transport facilitation. Read more...
3rd Project Meeting and Steering Committee (Igoumenitsa – Greece, 4 – 5 June 2014)
The 3rd project and steering committee meeting of ACROSSEE took place on 4-5 June, 2014 in Igoumenitsa, Greece, hosted by the Regional Unit of Thesprotia of Epirus Region.
The meeting, being the last before the final conference which will be held in Vienna in December, was a chance to discuss on the progress of the project activities, paying special attention to the technical WPs, which focus on the development of the transport model, the analysis of cross borders and the establishment of an institutional platform for administrative cooperation in SEE.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was represented by Prof. Christos Taxiltaris, Dr. Marios Miltiadou and Dr. Efstathios Bouhouras. Prof. Taxiltaris presented the progress of activities of WP5 (for which AUTH is the Leading Partner) and Dr. Miltiadou informed the partnership for the progress and the upcoming activities of WP3, for which AUTH is a member of the established Core Group of partners. Read more...
Technical Meeting for ACROSSEE WP3 (Trieste, 24 June
On June 24th 2014, in Trieste, a Technical Meeting of the Core Group of partners for WP3 of ACROSSEE was organized by CEI. During the meeting, several issues were discussed in detail about the foreseen outputs of WP3, the required input from project partners and decisions were taken concerning the upcoming activities of WP3. The immediate upcoming activities comprise the circulation to the partners of a - specifically designed for WP3 – questionnaire, that would contribute to the most effective elaboration of WP3 deliverables and results.
ACROSSEE at the SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme final event (Ljubljana, 24-25 September
The last annual event of the SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme took place in Ljubljana on September 24th-25th 2014 (Read more...). The event brought together 350 representatives from the countries covered by the programme, aiming at disseminating and capitalizing the projects’ results and discussing the latest developments for the new Programming Period 2014-2020.
ACROSSEE project was represented by many of its partners; among them AUTH ACROSSEE project team was represented by Prof. G. Mintsis and Dr. M. Miltiadou and the Central European Initiative (LP) by Mr. A. Cozzi and Mrs. A. Sinkovic. Mr. Cozzi, participated in a panel discussion on SEE programme capitalization strategy, as leader of one of the Thematic Poles (Pole 7 - Multimodal Accessibility to Primary Networks) Read more...
ACROSSEE AUTH article in Magazine Logistics and
Management (October 2014)
An article on ACROSSEE project has been published in Logistics and Management by ACROSSEE AUTH Team regarding the results of the surveys of the border crossings problems in South East Europe (Read more...).
ACROSSEE AUTH mission to Belgrade (27-30 October
ACROSSEE project was presented by Dr. M. Miltiadou at the Railway Investment South East Europe 2014 Conference that took place in Belgrade on October 28th 2014, hosted by the Serbian Railways and supported by UIC (Read more...) and brought together more than 150 participants to discuss about investments, technical innovation and regional cooperation. Contacts with European Commission, UIC, CER, Railway Organizations were made and the importance of cross borders was highlighted once more.
Given the opportunity of his presence in Belgrade, Mr. Miltiadou attended the General Assembly of the Association Corridor X Plus, working towards the establishment of Rail Freight Corridor X; presented the ACROSSEE project to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and had meetings with the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) and the Railway Department of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering of the University of Belgrade.
In the framework of the continuous cooperation with SEETO and the European Union Institutions, Mr. Miltiadou will attend the 10th Annual Meeting of Ministers of SEETO countries, which will be held in Skopje on December 4th 2014, a day before the ACROSSEE final event in Vienna.
ACROSSEE event to be organized at the European
Parliament (Brussels, 11 November 2014)
On November 11th 2014, the EU ACROSSEE Project Workshop “Streamlining transport connections in the Western Balkans: Removing bottlenecks, improving regional cohesion” will be organized at the European Parliament.
The provisional agenda of the event includes addresses by members of the European Parliament, and discussions among representatives of the European Commission (DG MOVE, DG REGIO), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Central European Initiative (ACROSSEE Lead Partner) and South East Europe Transport Observatory.
ACROSSEE event at the European Parliament (Brussels,
11 November 2014) and meeting with European Commission and the European
On November 11th 2014, the EU ACROSSEE Project Workshop “Streamlining transport connections in the Western Balkans: Removing bottlenecks, improving regional cohesion” was held at the European Parliament.
The event proved successful, involving important interventions by members of the European Parliament and representatives of the European Commission (DG MOVE, DG REGIO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the Central European Initiative (ACROSSEE Lead Partner), the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO). The discussions comprised the major issues of regional cooperation on transport in the Western Balkans, the contribution of the project to the improvement of the connections in SEE region and the territorial cooperation in the region for the programming period 2014-2020.
Before the event, a technical meeting with representatives of the European Commission DG MOVE and the European Investment Bank with the ACROSSEE Core Group of Partners took place, discussing the synergies of the project with the forthcoming Transport Study in the Danube Region, in the framework of the respective EU macro-regional Strategy.
ACROSSEE final event took place in Vienna (5 December 2014)
The final event of ACROSSEE project took place in Vienna, on December 5th 2014, hosted by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria. The final results of the project were presented, which was an opportunity to communicate the outcomes to interested stakeholders and wider public and to discuss future perspectives in the new Programming Period 2014-2020 (Press Release, Article Post Final Conference)
ACROSSEE presented at the Conference “CONNECT TO EUROPE TO CONNECT EUROPE (CECE) – Upgrading RAILWAY as growth engine for SEE” in Tirana (10 February 2015)
The Conference “Upgrading RAILWAY as growth engine for South East Europe” was held on 10 February 2015 in Tirana. It gathered representatives of national authorities from South East Europe responsible for railway traffic, operators and representatives of international organisations, European Commission, International Financial Institutions, project managers from respective projects and initiatives, and experts. It was organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in cooperation with the Albanian Chairmanship in Office of the SEECP and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Albania. ACROSSEE project was represented by the Project Manager Mr. Alberto Cozzi and Mr. Marios Miltiadou.
ACROSSEE project presented at the 13th SEETO National Coordinators and 2nd SEE2020 Strategy transport key users meeting in Kolasin (23-24 March 2015)
In Kolasin - Montenegro, the 13th SEETO National Coordinators and 2nd SEE2020 Strategy transport key users meeting took place on the 23th and 24th of March 2015, organized by SEETO and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). Mr. Miltiadou, member of the ACROSSEE A.U.TH. team, presented the EU and International Transport Scene and the Relevance of EU Strategies and Transport Initiatives for the SEETO region. In his overall presentation he made reference to SEE ETC Programme project SEETAC (2009-2012) and presented the ACROSSEE project and results that would be of interest of the participants. Specifically, he presented the surveys performed in ACROSSEE and referred to the synergies of the project with SEETO, in the framework EU Transport Policy in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans region. (Presentation available at SEETO website).
Christos TAXILTARIS, Dr. Transportation Engineer, Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.)
George MINTSIS, Dr. Transportation Engineer, Professor at A.U.Th.
Socratis BASBAS, Dr. Transportation Engineer, Professor at A.U.Th.
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Last update: 27 March 2015 by MDM