IRU NELTI home page

Documents concerning the development of Euro-Asian linkages

In order to coordinate efforts to create effective European and Asian transport systems, a number of meetings have been organised, including European Transport Conferences in Prague, Crete and Helsinki, a Ministerial Conference on infrastructure in New Delhi, and a UNECE Conference on Transport and Environment. Subsequently, in order to create an integrated Euro-Asian transport system and develop Euro-Asian land transport, the first (May 1998), second (September 2001) and third (September 2003) international Euro-Asian conferences on transport were held in Saint Petersburg. The conferences resulted in recommendations to develop Euro-Asian land transport linkages.

In particular, the Third International Euro-Asian Conference on Transport recommended the following strategy to develop the Euro-Asian Transport System:

  • identify a network of integrated intermodal international Euro-Asian transport corridors/routes;
  • formalise international transport corridors/routes by adopting new international agreements or amending existing ones as a basis for their further development;
  • facilitate border-crossing procedures, access to seaports etc. on the basis of relevant international conventions and establish national committees for transport and trade facilitation, as necessary, engaging representatives of all government agencies and other stakeholders;
  • analyse routes/corridors to identify physical and non-physical barriers;
  • operationalise international transport routes by concluding effective agreements and periodic progress reviews for each of the routes;
  • create/develop state-of-the-art information technology;
  • develop transport logistics;
  • develop private-public partnerships involving interested forwarders and shippers;
  • further develop effective cooperation among international and other organisations involved;
  • focus on the needs of landlocked countries and economies in transition.

The third international Euro-Asian transport conference also recommended the following initiatives to develop an integrated Euro-Asian transport system:


  • continuation of the work on ensuring interoperability of transport networks in Europe and Asia, especially in the coordination of technical standards (applied to new and upgraded highways included in major Euro-Asian transport corridors);
  • enlargement of highway networks … as well as the European network of intermodal transport, including to the Caucasus and Central Asia;
  • development of international multimodal and logistics transport hubs;
  • promotion of transport innovations, such as basic and applied research aimed at creating an integrated Euro-Asian transport system and elaboration of harmonised technical parameters of international transport corridors, allocating necessary funds for it.


  • further promotion of the Euro-Asian transport integration processes on the basis of related international agreements and conventions, standards and principles of international trade in transport services by ruling out the practice of discriminatory taxes and duties as well as any other discrimination against suppliers and users of transport services;
  • increasing private sector participation in the early stages of infrastructure planning and development;
  • encouraging open and fair competition among various transport routes and transport modes in the system of Euro-Asian transport links for the purposes of developing alternative routes.


  • reduction of border stopping times caused by customs, sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary controls;
  • intensification of work to facilitate the efforts of international transport operators by streamlining the procedures for issuing entry visas for certified professional crews in all modes of transport;
  • implementation of measures to facilitate the passage of road vehicles across national borders of Euro-Asian states, including facilitation of controls, abolition of transit declarations in the case of TIR system application and abolition of obligatory permits for all types of hazardous goods, excepting those listed in ADR.

On 19 February 2008, the Euro-Asian Transport Links Ministerial Meeting took place within the framework of the 70th session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee to chart the avenues for future development of Euro-Asian transport linkages. The Meeting endorsed continued implementation of the Joint UNECE/UNESCAP Project of Development Euro-Asian Transport Linkages for the period up to 2011 as well as the creation of a special expert group on Euro-Asian transport links as part of the UNECE Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5). The text of the joint Ministerial statement on future development of Euro-Asian transport links can be found here.




44% transport time lost at borders in the Arab World according to preliminary NELTI-4 reports


Turkey supports Model Highway Initiative


UN Under-Secretary General says road transport is lifeline for landlocked developing countries


Arab Ministers bids farewell to the first TIR pilot trucks


Key UN multilateral trade and road transport facilitation instruments to boost LAS economies


Georgian governmental agencies support IRU Model Highway Initiative

Copyright © 2017 IRU, All Right Reserved.