The kick-off meeting to mark the start of the CONNECTA sub-project ‘Technical Assistance for establishing electronic queuing management system (e-QMS) on selected road border crossing points (BCP) on the indicative extension of TEN-T network in the Western Balkans (Corridor X)’ was held in Belgrade on 27 February.
The scope of the CONNECTA technical assistance is to develop a mature documentation for tendering of e-QMS implementation on the selected border points along Corridor X (as a pilot).
The respective BCPs included, are:
– Road BCP Batrovci/Bajakovo (Serbia/Croatia), Corridor X, Orient-East/MED Corridor
– Road BCP Presevo/Tabanovce, (Serbia/North Macedonia), Corridor X, Orient-East/MED Corridor
– Road BCP Bogorodica/Evzoni (North Macedonia/Greece), Corridor X, Orient-East/MED Corridor
– Road BCP Horgos/Roszke (Serbia-Hungary), Corridor X, Orient-East/MED Corridor
This technical assistance derives from the completed CONNECTA regional study on road BCP facilitation (Feasibility Study for road border crossing facilitation on the indicative extension of TEN-T road core/comprehensive network in Western Balkans) where all selected BCPs were studied and the prioritization for a specific cluster of the BCPs on Corridor was made with respect to the e QMS system application.
There is a need to enhance transport facilitation by focusing on reducing bottlenecks and control process time whilst crossing borders in the region, especially along indicative extensions of the TEN-T road network in the Western Balkans. Using IT applications (such as the electronic queuing management system – eQMS) is expected to benefit:
- Time savings – shorter waiting times, especially for heavy good vehicles;
- More streamlined operations on sites and increased performance by border agencies;
- Reduced truck queue lengths;
- Increased capacity throughout at BCPs;
- More secure cargo and improved trade and logistic performances;
- Enhanced road safety and less air and environment pollution; and
- Increased economic activity around cross-border regions.
As a regional TA, this assignment is closely supported by the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat and forms part of the Connectivity Agenda of the Western Balkans priorities. It is also closely linked to the priorities of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) and of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) for establishing a regional Economic Area.
Additional information on the assignment can be obtained by contacting Giorgos Xanthakos, CONNECTA Deputy Team Leader, at email@example.com .