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Ministerial Meeting - 2013

26 February, 10.00-13.00
Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva


A Ministerial Meeting of the ITC took place in the morning of 26 February 2013, at the Palais des Nations. The Meeting was dedicated to two important topics: Euro-Asian Transport Links (EATL) and Unified Railway Law.

Ministers were asked to approve the results of Phase II of the EATL Project and sign a joint declaration pledging priority developments on the identified routers and projects as well as to provide further support for the continuation of the EATL Project under Phase III.

Ministers also reviewed the progress made in the development towards unified railway law and were asked to sign a joint declaration on further activities in this field and, in particular, on the promotion of Euro-Asian rail transport.

Joint Statement on Future Development of Euro-Asian Transport Links 
List of signatories
Joint Declaration on the promotion of Euro-Asian rail transport and activities towards unified railway law
List of signatories
Presentation of the speakers: PDF
Opening addresses
StatementMr. Sven Alkalaj, Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the UNECE



Mr. Sergey Aristov, Secretary of State, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation - Russian Contribution to the Development of Euro-Asian Transport Links

StatementMr. Alexey Stukalo, Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Economic Activities, Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), OSCE Secretariat
StatementMs. Eva Molnar, Director, UNECE Transport Division
Key-note speeches
PDFDevelopment of Euro-Asian transport links in the context of creating Unified Railway Law – Mr. Vladimir Yakunin, president of JSC “Russian Railways”, president of the International Union of Railways (UIC)

Travelling on a cargo train - Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC


Euro-Asia Road Transport Connections: from the cockpit of the driver to strategic challenges! - Umberto de Pretto, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Road Transport Union

Statements by Ministers and heads of delegations
PDFStatement by Mr. Kristian Krastev, Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria
PDFStatement by Mr. YANG Zan, Director-General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China
PDFStatement by Mr. Roman V. Sklyar, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan
PDFStatement by H.E. Mr. Roderick van Schreven, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands
PDFStatement by Mr. Septimiu Buzasu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Transport of Romania
PDFStatement by Ambassador Traian Chebeleu, Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)