CONNECTA starts the technical assistance for modernisation and infrastructure capacity improvements of the two pairs of road border crossing points in the Western Balkans located on the indicative extension of the TEN-T network

A considerable part of the Western Balkans transport network still requires significant interventions in the direction of rehabilitation and upgrading. To ensure better connectivity, facilitate trade and deliver sustainable economic growth, the implementation of EU technical standards and connectivity reform transport measures remains a priority for the region. Designing the suitable systems to manage and facilitate the movement of cross-border road traffic along the indicative extension of TEN-T network has been endorsed by Transport Community as a connectivity reform measure for immediate support. As a regional technical assistance project, it is closely linked to the Transport Community priorities, as well as to the priorities of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) related to the Common Regional Market.

The kick-off meeting was held on 23 February 2022 to mark the start of CONNECTA’s sub-project ‘Technical Assistance for preparation of technical documentation for modernisation and infrastructure capacity improvements of selected road border crossing points (BCP) on the extended TEN-T network in the Western Balkans’.

This Technical Assistance (TA) derives from the completed CONNECTA regional Study on road BCP facilitation where all selected BCPs and common crossing points (CCPs) located on the TEN-T Network were elaborated and prioritisation was made.

The scope of this assignment is to develop a mature design documentation for further tendering of improved common facilities, equipment and infrastructure at the following BCPs:

– Road BCP Hani I Elezit/Blace, (Kosovo*/North Macedonia), Route 6a

– Road BCP Hani I Hotit/Bozaj (Albania/Montenegro), Route 2b

The improved facilities, equipment and infrastructure should be in the form of one-stop shop (OSS), which will be developed to be suitable for joint/one-stop inspections.

The implementation of needed interventions at each pair of respective BCPs is expected to contribute to:

  • Reduction of bottlenecks/truck queue lengths;
  • Time savings – shorter waiting times;
  • More streamlined operations on sites and increased performance by border agencies;
  • Increased capacity throughout at BCPs;
  • Enhanced road safety and less air and environment pollution.

All relevant stakeholders of the Regional Participants will be involved in the implementation process.

The assignment is expected to last 12 months.

 

The kick off meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Customs Administration of North Macedonia, the Kosovo Customs, the Ministry of Capital Investments and the Customs Administration of Montenegro, the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat and CONNECTA Team. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the meeting was held virtually.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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Additional information on the assignment can be obtained by contacting Giorgos Xanthakos, CONNECTA Deputy Team Leader, at giorgos.xanthakos@connecta-ta.eu.