Funding scheme: Interreg – ADRION
The ISTEN – Integrated and Sustainable Transport in Efficient Network project, funded by the Interreg ADRION transnational cooperation programme 2014-2020, has as main objective the identification of actions and strategies able to contribute to the creation of an efficient network of integrated hubs between ports and hinterland in the ADRION (Adriatic-Ionian) Region.
The project aims at improving intermodal connections between sea ports in the Adriatic-Ionian area as well as between the ports themselves and their respective hinterlands, in particular by fostering rail connections to the TEN-T network corridors. This is achieved through cooperation strategies, aimed at promoting key actions on infrastructural and operational issues in the respective sites of the actors involved in the project. ISTEN aims at qualifying the Adriatic-Ionian ports as strategic nodes for the ADRION Region by including them in a transnational cooperation network and a joint action plan.
The Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria (UNIMED), with the DIIES Department – Laboratorio LOGICA, has been acting as the Lead Partner of the project, which involves other 9 organisations of the ADRION area (Fondazione Istituto sui Trasporti e la Logistica – ITL, Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, Port of Koper, Port Authority of Thessaloniki, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – CERTH, Durrës Region, Port of Bar, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Port Authority of Šibenik).
Launched in December 2017, the project is approaching to the end: on Wednesday, November 25 2020, the final Conference will be held to share the results and outputs of three years of cooperation towards the promotion of an efficient and sustainable network of port hubs in the ADRION Region.
On the same day a workshop will take place, where representatives of the European Commission and of the Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian macro-region – EUSAIR will meet the main relevant stakeholders to discuss about the future of cooperation in the transport sector in the ADRION area and in Europe.
The events are organised online due to the restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.