BSEC-URTA Participated in the closing event of the European Union-funded Project “Turkey-European Green Corrıdors Platform” and announced its continuous support to the cooperation on international road transport in the BSEC and Europe

BSEC-URTA General Secretary Mehmet Uylukcu and BSEC-URTA Honorary member TOBB’s head of transport and logistic systems department and Vice President of the IRU Presidential Council Mrs. Asli Çalık participated in the closing event of the European Union-funded Project “Turkey-European Green Corrıdors Platform.

The event having the motto of “A New Road Transport Cooperation Between Turkey and European Union: Expectations and Possibilities”, was developed and completed by European Union and Global Research Association (ABKAD), International Transporters’ Association (UND), and Association of International Road Carriers in Poland (ZMPD).

The specific objectives of this project were twofold:
· to increase bilateral exchanges and cooperation between CSOs and stakeholders in Turkey and the EU at local, regional, and national levels concerning the transportation sector and
· to promote awareness-raising initiatives on the importance and benefits of membership of Turkey to EU within Turkey and EU, and on challenges and opportunities posed by Turkey’s accession through alignment of EU acquis on the road transportation sector.

On 25 March 2022, a special networking meeting of the Members of the “EU-Turkey International Green Corridors CSO Network” was realized hosted at TOBB (Istanbul Office), jointly by TOBB, TOBB-UND, and BSEC-URTA.

The meeting opening speech was realized by BSEC-URTA General Secretary Mr. Mehmet Uylukcu as the host and as one of the members of the platform.

Mr. Uylukcu underlined that thanks to the exemplary cooperation of UND and ZMPD, the necessary action plans for smooth international road transport within the BSEC region were achieved backed up by the scientifical research and data prepared by the experts of international road transport under the European Union perspective.

Mr. Uylukcu also shared that the cooperation with the two Associations is one of the role models for the other organizations to follow and stated that BSEC-URTA will continue to be the platform for the other Associations and organizations to follow the similar cooperation for finding common solutions to the common problems in the region and the world supply chains.

Mrs. Asli Çalık in her speech, evaluating the outcomes of the project stated that there are many significant issues challenging international road transport as freedom of transit, driver visas, supply chain disruptions, increasing waiting times in the borders, fuel difference in east and west for the transporters. According to Mrs. Asli Çalık, as the world is changing, the standards on international road transport have to be rewritten. Mrs. Asli Çalık stated that like UND and ZMPD, representing Turkey and European Union, many other organizations from different regions will work together to overcome the main problems of international road transport as enhancing border crossings.

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