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Statements in International Organisations

19.01.2006

OSCE Permanent Council No. 588


EU Reply to Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities

 

1. The European Union thanks the Coordinator for his very substantial and comprehensive presentation on the preparatory process of the Economic Forum and on his future work programme.

2. Recalling our commitment to the development of the Economic and Environmental Dimension, as a means to support the comprehensive security objectives of our organisation, and to maximise the added value provided by its cross-dimensional approach, we highly appreciate the well-structured, result-oriented and substantial programme of the OCEEA for 2006. The extended planning period of one year is most welcome. The broad range of activities, which is consistent with the wide-ranging objectives of the Maastricht strategy, will have to be implemented taking due account of budgetary considerations. We hope that participating States will call upon the OCEEA knowledge and experience when implementing their commitments. We value highly that the programme activities explicitly cover the follow-up recommendations of past economic fora.

3. We share the Co-ordinator’s analysis of the importance of the transport sector for economic and social development and of the manifold problems which the transport sector still encounters in the OSCE area, particularly in landlocked countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus,. We greatly appreciate that transport has been chosen as a focus theme by this chairmanship, because transport is about linking people, as well as physically matching supply and demand.

4. Considerable work has been done over the years by international organisations in order to explore and to improve the situation.  It is most useful to consult the large body of feasibility studies and pilot project evaluations available, including those of the EU.

5. Yet, many impediments to the development of the transport sector still lie in the field of politics. We firmly believe that good governance, covering proper border transit, anti-corruption and improved transport security will vastly improve the economic, social and human conditions of development for all concerned. If new OSCE initiatives on the reduction of these non-physical obstacles can be developed, they will be most welcome and will enjoy the EU’s whole-hearted support.

6. In this vein, we are now looking forward to the discussions at the Economic Forum in Vienna on Monday and Tuesday.  It already appears that sequencing it with the event in Prague in May, has led to impressive high level participation and thus assures the political attention the Economic Forum deserves.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia [1] and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

 

[1] Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process

 

Date: 26.01.2006