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MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT IN THE ADRIATIC – IONIAN REGION: A TRANSNATIONAL APPROACH AND STRATEGY FOR IMPROVEMENT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ERA

DOI: 10.7708/ijtte2021.11(3).05


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Author(s)

Paolo Dileno - Central European Initiative (CEI), Italy -

Marios Miltiadou - Laboratory of Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering & Highway Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece -

Efstathios Bouhouras - Laboratory of Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering & Highway Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece -

Christos Taxiltaris - Laboratory of Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering & Highway Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece -

Georgios Mintsis - Laboratory of Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering & Highway Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece -

Socrates Basbas - Laboratory of Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering & Highway Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece -

Irene Sabbadini - Institute for Transport and Logistics (ITL), Italy -

Giuseppe Luppino - Institute for Transport and Logistics (ITL), Italy -

Roberto Richter - Port of Koper (LK - Luka Koper, port and logistic system, public limited company), Slovenia -

Nebojsa Jevtic - Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS), Serbia -


Abstract

One of the main objectives of the project “Integrating multimodal connections in the Adriatic-Ionian region” (ADRIPASS) is to deal with the commonly recognized lack of efficient maritime – hinterland connections, which are mainly caused by the existence of various bottlenecks at borders. This is achieved by identifying and analysing these – physical and non-physical – bottlenecks along the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) corridor sections in the Adriatic – Ionian (ADRION) region, with specific attention paid to those corridors that have been indicatively extended to the Western Balkans (WB) region, where the issue of border crossings is quite relevant. The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak affects the entire globe, including Europe, in many and different ways. In the fight against the spread of Covid-19, national governments of the European Union (EU) introduced temporary restrictions to border traffic of various degrees, ranging from border controls to outright closure. In this framework, ADRIPASS took duly into account the experience gained during the period of Covid-19 in the Transnational Strategy for the improvement of multimodal transport and accessibility in the ADRION region, developed as the final output of the project. The current paper presents in a summarized way the activities, results and outputs, including the defined Strategy and specific proposals related to transport facilitation for the period to follow.


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Acknowledgements:

The authors wish to acknowledge the contribution of all the ADRIPASS project partners (Durres Port Authority, Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, GECT Euregio Sensa Confini r.l., Ploce Port Authority, Port of Bar Holding company and Regional Unit of Thesprotia/ Region of Epirus) and associate partners for the cooperation in the framework of this project that brings important results for further consideration of the improvement of multimodal transport in the region of South East Europe.


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