The Annual Steering Committee of the EUMedRail project was held in Brussels on 6 November 2019. Hosted by the Directorate for Mobility of the European Commission, the Steering Committee took place prior to the celebration of the UfM Working Groups (WGs) on Land, Air and Maritime Transport & Logistics, held on 7-8 November 2019 in Brussels.
In the meeting, the evaluation of the implementation of Action 12 of the Regional Transport Action Plan was discussed and countries complemented the information on the reforms implemented at national level to improve railway safety and interoperability. The second session of the Conference discussed the developments in the field of international railway cooperation.
The following day, the UfM Working Groups on Land, Air and Maritime Transport & Logistics convened to discuss the consolidated Evaluation Report of the Regional Transport Action Plan for the Mediterranean Region (RTAP 2014-2020) and EUMedRail countries made comments to the Action 12 on safety and interoperability.
The Euromed Transport Rail Project (EUMedRail) project, funded by the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, has a budget of 2 million euros for the period between 2017-2021, to carry over technical assistance in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Its purpose is to improve the operations and the efficiency of the Mediterranean transport system by concentrating its efforts on regulatory reforms, training, and dialogue with the decision makers. The main project’s objective is to support the implementation of the Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020 actions related to rail transport, by promoting convergence with EU and international standards, facilitating interoperability, and increasing beneficiaries’ participation in the activities of the European Rail Agency.