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Network Meeting Zagreb

9 November 2009 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 Groups.

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.

Introduction

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 Tool (IPAT)
  • 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.

 

Presentations

 

(a short summary of some of the presentations – all to be found below)

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 climate.

 

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!

Looking forward

 

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 outcomes.

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.

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9 November 2009
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10 November 2009