In 2013, the new framework for the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) has entered into force laying the foundation for a truly European transport network across the EU Member States. Based on an increased budget for the TEN-T in the years 2014-2020 a new transport network will be developed with 9 corridors forming the "Core Network". Within the framework of the present study, the Orient-East Med TEN-T Core Network Corridor is examined, while the relevant stakeholders are identified. The Orient-East Med Corridor will connect central Europe with the maritime interfaces of the North, Baltic, Black and Mediterranean seas, allowing to optimise the use of the ports concerned and the related Motorways of the Sea. The Corridor will also foster the development of those ports as major multimodal logistic platforms and will improve the multimodal connections of major economic centres in Central Europe to the coastlines, using rivers such as the Elbe, while also providing the link to Cyprus.
The detailed objectives of the study can be summarized as follows:
(i) To identify the relevant stakeholders
(ii) To collect and analyse all relevant studies on sections and parts of the corridor
(iii) To prepare the work plan as foreseen in the Proposal for a Regulation on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (COM (2011) 650) to be updated with the approved and published Regulation.
(iv) To identify and thoroughly describe the characteristics of the core network corridor
(v) To describe the objectives for the core network corridor
(vi) To develop a programme of measures necessary for developing the core corridor network
(vii) To perform a multimodal transport market study
(viii) To develop an implementation and investment plan
(ix) To prepare, support and follow-up of the meetings of the Corridor Forum