The collapse of previous command economic structures in Eastern Europe has led to an often chaotic reorganization of transport operations. Southeastern Europe in particular not only lags behind the western EU countries in terms of transport infrastructure, but also in terms of management and policy. However, despite this, or perhaps even because there are no long-standing established patterns, this region is a fertile territory for innovation. Based on the first major international conference dealing with transport issues in Southeastern Europe, this edited volume brings together key researchers and policy makers to discuss and critically analyse these innovations. Focusing on issues related to privatization and harmonization of national legislation, the contributors also address the countries' struggle with inadequate management structures and the challenges posed in running shipping, ports and railways in a region fragmented into numerous nations and states. It not only provides an up-to-date overview of transport operations and planning in Southeastern Europe, but also provides more general insights into recent and current developments in a region that has undergone widespread upheavals in the past two decades, and is now experiencing renewed growth.
Contents: What is missing in South-eastern Europe?, Caralampo Focas. European Policy and Transport Corridors: European Union transport policy and enlargement, Johannes Baur; Transportation corridors for Europe and their development, Chris Germanacos; The extension of trans-European networks to the Balkan region: planning and financing issues, Meteu Turró; The Czech transport infrastructure and pan-European corridors, Antonín Peltrám; Prospects for the development of the southeast section of Rail Corridor IX, Christos Pyrgidis and George Giannopoulos; Major improvements and challenges in transport logistics along Corridor V in Hungary, P r Rónai and Katalin Tánczos. The 'Missing Transport Links' In South-eastern Europe: Construction of a new combined road/rail bridge over the Danube at Vidin- Calafat and its European Integration potential, Simeon Evtimov; The role of the Corinth canal in the development of the South-eastern European short sea shipping, Evangelos Sambracos. Improving Management and Quality in Transport in South-eastern Europe: Organization, monitoring and efficiency of Athens' urban public transport, Alexandros Deloukas; The use of smart card technology for efficient transport: the case study of Thessaloniki, Geogria Aifadopoulou and Vasilis Mizaras; Tools of market-orientated rail restructuring with special regard to improving management information systems, Zoltán Bokor and Katalin Tánczos; Port competitiveness as a function of trans-shipment development in the Mediterranean: the case of the Trieste container terminal, Marco Mazzarino; Elements of an intelligent transport system-based European freight architecture: The THEMIS Approach, George Giannopoulos; Government policy to facilitate private participation in tolled road infrastructure, through investment risk mitigation measures: South-eastern Europe and Asian countries, Gi Seong Kong and Katalin Tánczos; Considering multi-modal capacity in the assessment of road design, Markus Mai