The first meeting of the EuroMed Transport rail Project (EUMedRail), organised by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) along with Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) was hosted by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport with the Railway and Public Transport Authority (RPTA) in Beirut, Lebanon.
The meeting discussed the EUMedRail Action Plan for Lebanon 2018-2020 that will support decision makers in the revitalisation of the Tripoli-Beirut railway line and the reform of the RPTA.
The Minister of Public Works and Transport in Lebanon Youssef Fenianos expressed his satisfaction that the country is taking an active role in the EUMedRail project and benefiting from the international technical support offered. As well as training opportunities the project also offers a network of international experts that can support the implementation of the Tripoli-Beirut railway project. The EUMedRail team also highlighted the institutional capacity building actions and seminars offered to the Ministry and RPTA during the implementation meeting of the EUMedRail project.
The EUMedRail delegation formally invited Lebanese participation in the Action Plan conference being held on 23 and 24 April in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference will be a forum to present the National Railway Action Plans, the future railway projects, the state of implementation of the Action 12 of the Regional Transport Action Plan and co-operation activities with ERA.
The purpose of Euromed Transport Rail Project (EUMedRail) is to improve the operations and the efficiency of the Mediterranean transport system by concentrating its efforts on regulatory reforms, training, and dialogue with the decision makers. The main project’s objective is to support the implementation of the Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020 actions related to rail transport, by promoting convergence with EU and international standards, facilitating interoperability, and increasing beneficiaries’ participation in the activities of the European Rail Agency.