IDEA Project in brief

Officially started on MAY 2009, the IDEA project (Transport dialogue and interoperability between the EU and its neighboring countries and Central Asian countries) has a duration of three years and aims at delivering a sustainable, efficient and integrated multi–modal transport system in the TRACECA region.

Specifically, the IDEA Project helps the beneficiary countries in turning around their transport systems from a fragmented position to a state of integration, by assisting Governments in choosing the appropriate models for the provision of transport infrastructure.

 

To secure this, the IDEA Project activities align to the following priorities:

 

  • strengthening the political and transport dialogue mechanisms;
  • supporting the implementation of the IGC Long–Term Strategy to 2015 and its Action Plans;
  • contributing to the development of regional investment plans for transport infrastructure;
  • achieving effective and sustainable coordination with IFIs, so to identify those TRACECA originated projects, which may enable to generate the best impacts in terms of interoperability and development of the transport network, and to be consequently funded even through PPPs schemes.

 

The implementation of such priorities allows the IDEA Project to be well positioned in (i) encouraging further regional cooperation; (ii) attracting the support of International Financial Institutions and private investors; and (iii) linking TRACECA region with the Trans-European Transport network.

 

Methodologically, the IDEA Project is structured along four specific phases:

 

  • technical assistance for the implementation of the Long-term TRACECA Strategy and the related Action Plans 2007-2009 and 2010-2012;
  • development of regional transport and infrastructure investment plans, by identifying a short-list of six/eight project, for which a technical and a financial feasibility assessment will be undertaken. Based on the outcomes of such assessment, the financing support of the IFIs will be evaluated;
  • selection of at least two projects, as identified in the afore mentioned short-list. These projects will benefit from the financial support of the IFIs, as well as of private actors through PPPs schemes;
  • communication and dissemination activities of the project contents and results.

 

Finally, the close work with the TRACECA Permanent Secretariat and member countries, the European Commission, the International Financial Institutions and the transport operators will in this respect be essential, so to lay the foundation of the future TRACECA region’s transport policy in subsequent years.