Doc. 10524

26 April 2005

The Budapest – Odessa Corridor : the solution to a major problem in the transportation networks in Central and Eastern Europe 

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mr Fenechiu and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

The Central and Eastern European transport networks (TEM, TER, Helsinki Corridors, TINA and TEN-T) as they now stand suffer from a major shortcoming, in that there is no West-East connection through the middle of Central and Eastern Europe. This will inevitably tead to the geographic isolation of northern and eastern Romania, Moldova and southern Ukraine. The West-East corridors closest to the affected region are, in the north, the pan European Corridor III, Berlin – Wroclaw – L’viv – Kyiv; and, in the south, a branch of gan-European Corridor IV, Lugoj – Bucharest-Constanta. The north-south distance between these two corridors is about 1.000 km, leaving the above-mentioned areas far from any good connection with the west.

The region of the Black Sea is of great economic importance for Europe, forming as it does a crossroads between Europe, Asia and the Middle East, while unfortunately lacking the infrastructure need to perform that role.

On the socio-economic level the absence of a West-East corridor in the northern part of Romania has lead to great imbalances in that country’s national infrastructure development strategy. Thus, for example, the totality of ISPA transportation grants and about four fifths of the TEN network have been used for projects located in the southern half of the country. As a result, the gap between northeastern Romania, which faces the most severe socio-economic problems, and other regions in the country can be expected abruptly to increase as a result of the lacking infrastructure, with serious social and economic imbalances in tow.

1.       Considering that Ukraine is becoming an increasingly important economic actor in Europe, and that cooperation on all levels between Ukraine and the European Union is intensifying.

2.       Recalling that security in the Black Sea region – an area still plagued by economic stagnation, unsafe borders, spreading organized crime and ethnic conflicts – remains an issue of great concern for Europe.

3.       Calls on the Council of Europe member States and on the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to support the inclusion in the European transport networks of the Budapest – Odesa Corridor, which would cross northeastern Hungary, northern and eastern Romania, central Moldova and southern Ukraine, on the route Budapest – Nyíregyháza – Csengersima/Petea – Baia Mare – Borşa – Suceava – Iasi – Ungheni – Chişinău – Pervomaise/Kucurham – Odesa (road) and Budapest – Miskolc – Máteszalka – Nyíregyháza – Cseger/Petea – Satu Mare – Baia Mare – Dej – Suceava – Iasi – Ungheni – Chişinău - Pervomaise/Kucurham – Odesa (rail)

4.       Calls on the governments of the Council of Europe member States:

-       to undertake as soon as possible feasibility and other pre-construction studies of the entire corridor;

-       to outline a development plan for both the road and the rail parts of the corridor;

-       to identify possible financial resources, so that construction and upgrading of the corridor’s various components can without delay.

Signed 1:

FENECHIU, Relu, Romania, LDR

AÇIKGÖZ, Ruhi, Turkey, EDG

BERCEANU, Radu-Mircea, Romania, SOC

CEBECİ, Erol Aslan, Turkey, EPP/CD

CLIVETI, Minodora, Romania, SOC

FRUNDA, György, Romania, EPP/CD

GUBERT, Renzo, Italy, EPP/CD

HÖGMARK, Anders G., Sweden, EPP/CD

MELČÁK, Miloš, Czech Republic, SOC

PERICLEOUS PAPADOPOULOS, Antigoni, Cyprus, LDR

PODGÓRSKI, Bogdan, Poland, SOC

RIGONI, Andrea, Italy, EPP/CD


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group