Network Meeting Zagreb
Monday 9 November 2009 - Tuesday 10 November 2009
The seventh NETLIPSE Network Meeting took place in Zagreb,
Croatia on November 9th -10th 2009.
The University of Zagreb, Faculty of
Civil Engineering, Department for Construction Management hosted
this meeting. During the meeting, the attendees were updated on
NETLIPSE networking events and the status of the development and
application of the IPAT. This tool is being developed for
the European Commission in order to help them evaluate and assess
large infrastructure projects. In addition, several interesting
topics will be discussed and worked on in parallel sessions
organised by the NETLIPSE Special Interest
The TEN-T Executive Agency was present at this meeting.
In NETLIPSE magazine #7 (published April 2010)
a reflection on this meeting will be given by Dan Cliffe
(Project Sponsor, UK Department for Transport). A summary of his
reflection can be read below.
Following a warm introduction by Prof. Radujkovic, Marcel
Hertogh, NETLIPSE Programme Director, summarised the recent
progress. Leendert Bouter, Chairman of NETLIPSE Board,
outlined the key aims of the Zagreb meeting:
- progressively expanding the NETLIPSE membership
- rolling out testing of the Infrastructure Project Assessment
- developing Special Interest Groups
Key to the success of NETLIPSE is speading the message further,
specifically to achieve more EU states formally signing up to both
endorse the aims and to confirm their willingness to take part in
the network meetings.NETLIPSE initiatives, representatives from
Poland, the Slovak Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and
Switzerland as well as several delegates from the host country of
Croatia all committed their time and effort to ensure this network
meeting was a success.
(a short summary of some of the presentations - all to be found
Monika Milwicz (Poland) discussed the A4 motorway project,
and initiated an engaging discussion on the pros and cons of
business cases. There are many challenges faced when attempting to
compare the success of projects when each one has its own unique
set of assumptions and success criteria. The discussion led
logically into a debate as to how the IPAT has been designed and
can be modified to address these challenges.
Marián Hanták (Slovak Republic) gave an interesting account
of road infrastructure projects, focusing in particular on the
importance of projects adopting an integrated approach with other
LIPs, and also thinking laterally about how to deliver important
infrastructure projects in the midst of a challenging economic
Mitja Kosec and Dejan Jurkovic (Slovenia) spoke about the
challenges facing the railways, and the numerous interfaces that
they have to manage; government departments and agencies, European
train signalling systems, compliance, environment groups, and the
many interconnections with air and marine transport as well as
road. All of this in the context of having to maintain a railway as
well as invest in new infrastructure to improve it.
The consensus was that there is definitely a requirement for
project assessment tool.
More than 40 people attented the meeting and vistited
the Highway Zagreb-Sisak. This new highway will
connect Sisak via Velika Gorica with the city of Zagreb. The visit
to the motorway construction site provided a welcome balance from
discussions in the classroom!
Bipin Radia from the European Commission (EC) spoke in support
of the NETLIPSE initiatives and shared how the TEN-T Agency is
focused on driving up the standards for all EU projects.
Cooperation and sharing of knowledge are both key elements in
making projects more efficient and streamlined, increasing the
likelihood that they succeed in delivering the desired
All countries currently involved in NETLIPSE face different,
often unique challenges in planning and implementing Large
Infrastructure Projects. However, in each case there are lessons
learned that can benefit all of the NETLIPSE community, mistakes
made that can be avoided and success built upon so that the
trans-European transport network can advance with ever greater
confidence in success.
Whilst the history of countries and regions differs
significantly, the challenges they face, and the potential
solutions, are often shared amongst the many. Whatever the
transport challenges, the drive to realise a transformation of
Europe's transport networks is strong and ever growing.
Knowledge is the key to unlocking the future success of LIPs,
not just across Europe but around the world.