Mediterranean Motorways of the Sea – Maritime transport connections

Promotes the Motorways of the Sea concept and the creation of better maritime transport connections in the Mediterranean through support to Ministries, port authorities, customs and relevant private sector stakeholders

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

Timeframe: 2007-2013

Budget: € 9 million

It aims at improving transport connections between the EU and its Mediterranean neighbours and to promote the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) concept and assisting the partner countries in further implementing the maritime transport and port operations actions as adopted  in the Regional Transport Action Plan (RTAP), a road map for transport cooperation adopted in 2007 (covering 2007-2013).
Acting as a catalyst for economic and social development, the MoS project seeks to make martime transport connections connecting the north and the south of the Mediterranean more efficient and more reliable by improving and integrating  intermodal and integrated port and transport services.
What does it do?
It promotes the MoS concept, fosters the development of transport intermodality in the region, and supports pilot initiatives with a higher maturity, quality, relevance and potential impact. It focuses on the selection and design of a number of Maritime Motorways to link the (non-EU) East and Southern Mediterranean Transport Systems and the European TEN-T and develops innovative partnerships between public and private stakeholders.
The MoS project facilitates partners in understanding the markets, current flows, trends and forecasts, it helps them adapt infrastructures, equipment and technologies and promotes cooperation and services integration. It also supports the designing of an MoS organisation framework, the marketing of innovative services and improvement of  regulations and facilitating proecedures, while simultaneously stimulating market trades on the new axes. It promotes progress of port transit facilitation, in the double function of ports as maritime and land transfer points and border crossing.


Actions in brief

  • Promotes the MoS concept and fosters the development of transport intermodality;
  • Implements pilot projects, West-Med and East-Med, to improve the efficiency, regularity and reliability of maritime transport axes and schemes, and increase the use of maritime routes;
  • Follows up the implementation of the RTAP Road Map and carries out impact assessment;
  • Sets up stakeholders’ groups committed to the concept and projects and increases the visibility of MoS and model building;
  • Facilitates awareness-raising, the exchange of best practices and training.

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.
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