OSCE 14th Economic Forum
EU Closing Statement
- The European Union thanks the Belgian Chairmanship, the Secretary General of the OSCE, the Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities and the OSCE staff for having organised such a well attended and inspiring conference, the first meeting of the Economic Forum in Vienna.
- We have greatly appreciated the presentation of the speakers, highlighting the strategic importance of transport and specifically its impact on the economic development of participating States and Partners for Co-operation, with a special emphasis on cooperation in specific regions. The presentations have also illustrated the linkages between transportation questions and the OSCE concept of comprehensive and cooperative security.
- As confirmed by these statements and by a number of interventions in the course of the discussions, a great deal of work on transport and transport-related issues has been going on in international bodies and networks. We can build on these initiatives, for instance by supporting endeavours of specialised international organisations in the field of transport.
- As far as the EU is concerned, we share the expressed views that there is a need for furthering the ratification of international transport conventions, their monitoring and in particular their implementation. We also think that useful work can be done in promoting good governance at all levels, in deepening regional cooperation, including in countries suffering from unresolved conflicts, and in assisting landlocked countries and regions in overcoming their transport problems. Our attention should be also given to the environmental aspects of transport. We expect that on the basis of the discussions in Baku and Prague, it will be possible to identify the role of the OSCE in the field of transportation security.
- The EU fully supports the Belgian Chair in enhancing the Economic and Environmental Dimension of the OSCE with a particular emphasis on transport and in stimulating and orienting the policy dialogue on the role of economic development in furthering and maintaining peace and security. We would be ready to further discuss concrete proposals in the framework of the Economic Forum. We are convinced that the Chair can count on the Secretariat to assess the feasibility and possible costs of the initiatives proposed for the Organisation.
- We look forward to fruitful discussions in the months ahead and are grateful to all participants for the impetus given to this debate.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey and Croatia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process