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EUROPEAN CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS OF TRANSPORT (ECMT)

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French Equivalent: Conférence Européenne des Ministres des Transports (CEMT)

Definition:
The European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) is an intergovernmental organisation established by a Protocol signed in
Brussels on 17 October 1953.

It is a forum in which Ministers responsible for transport, and more specifically the inland transport sector, can co-operate on policy. Within this forum, Ministers can openly discuss current problems and agree upon joint approaches aimed at improving the utilisation and at ensuring the rational development of European transport systems of international importance.

Context:
As of September 2001, there are 41 full Member countries, 6 Associate countries and 2 Observer countries. Twenty-one of these countries have joined since 1991.

At present, the ECMT's role primarily consists of:

- Helping to create an integrated transport system throughout the enlarged Europe that is economically and technically efficient, meets the highest possible safety and environmental standards and takes full account of the social dimension.

- Helping also to build a bridge between the European Union and the rest of the continent at a political level.

- Providing a forum for analysis and discussion on forward looking transport policy issues for the countries involved.

Source Publication:
European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) website.

Hyperlink:
http://www.cemt.org/

Statistical Theme: Transport statistics

Created on Thursday, March 14, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013