NETLIPSE started as a two-year research programme supported by the EC Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), which ran from May 2006 to May 2008. It initiated a network comprising of member states client organisations, project delivery organisations, universities and other research institutes and private consultancy companies. The main goal was to exchange knowledge and best practices on the management and organisation of Large Infrastructure Projects (LIPs). 15 LIPs throughout Europe were researched, culminating in the publication of a book on best practices and lessons learnt, titled ‘Managing Large Infrastructure Projects.’ [click here to download]
After completion of the research programme in May 2008, the European Commission TEN-T Executive Agency provided funding for the continuation and expansion of the NETLIPSE initiative (June 2008 - December 2010). Besides continuing the networking activities, the development of the 'Infrastructure Project Assessment Tool' (IPAT®) as well as training programmes was supported.
In 2011, the NETLIPSE organisation continued its activities as a network supported by a number of public organisations which donate the necessary funding to continue. This phase focussed on ‘maintaining the network’ through bi-annual network meetings and an updated website. All other activities were stopped. Main contributors were Rijkswaterstaat (NL), Trafikverket (SE) and Interporto Regionale Della Puglia (IT) providing funding and sponsoring, whilst Department for Transport (UK), SEA Milan Airports (IT) and AT Osborne (NL) provided in kind support. (AT Osborne was also paid for management and co-ordination activities).
Since 2012, the number of funders has increased. Per 2014 the main financial contributors are Rijkswaterstaat (NL), Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration, SE), Vejdirektoratet (Danish Road Directorate, DK), and Liikennevirasto (Finnish Transport Agency, FI). The network continues to flourish by continuing the organisation of bi-annual network meetings, where in-depth discussions on managing and organising complex transport projects take place given the difficult economic context most countries face. Since 2014 the network has decided to continue as an informal network with formal agreements on cooperation between participating organisations. Focus of the network remains knowledge exchange and development, which is supported by Network Meetings, research initiatives, project leader seminars, trainings and IPAT assessments.
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