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The annual FERRMED conference wias held on 16th November, via streaming


The annual FERRMED conference, the Fourth Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum (Europe), was held on the 16th of November, via streaming.

The main objective of the conference was to expose the first partial results of the FERRMED study of traffic and modal shift optimisation in the EU.

FERRMED is working hard on I and the results of which may be a key tool to achieve the best "investment-to-results" ratio for the actions to be carried out on the global logistics chain. We need to act where there really is traffic and not where the socio-economic and, particularly, environmental impact is negligible.

The first phase of the Study, involving fact-finding on the zones of the whole "EU Core Network" where it is necessary to act pre-eminently, is already finished. The complete Study, which will specify actions to be carried out on the railway network and on the waterways, together with an assessment of favourable economic and environmental impact, will be available in June 2022.


We can classify the main points of the study.

• Data Collection of freight traffic on railway, road, and Inland-Waterways.

• Tables & Interactive Maps of traffic and transport volume in the EU Core Network.

• Identification of the “EU Backbone Network” (Most crowded sections of the Core Network Main Corridors).

• Definition, selection and analysis of EU socio-economic hubs and intermodal terminals & ports, in the “EU Backbone Network”.

• Data collection of key characteristics of intermodal terminals & ports.

• Data collection, selection and analysis of main links, back-up links and feeder links interconnecting key intermodal terminals & ports.

• Forecast traffic & scenarios.

• Modelling of origin-destination traffic matrices.

• Analysis of capacity & bottlenecks in intermodal terminals & ports and interconnecting links, including the impact of passenger trains traffic.

• Identification of the best routes inside the “EU Backbone Network” of interconnection with Eurasian Transport System.

• Action Plan at short (2023), mid (2025) and long (2030) term:

­         Intermodal terminals & ports.

­         Interconnecting links (Railway & Barge), including transborder connection with neighbouring countries and Eurasian Outlook.

• Socio-economic and environmental results:

­         Required investments

­         Savings in VOC

­         Savings in travel transport time

­        Savings in environmental issues: reduced pollutant emissions, reduced GHG emissions, reduced number of accidents, …

­         Net present value, Benefit-Cost Ratio, EIRR, GDP impact, …

­         Possible financing resources

• Action plan dissemination:

­         FERRMED-EULER Declaration

­         Meetings with European institutions

­         Meetings with Transport Ministries of Member States

­         Meetings with Transport Councillors of EU Regions (EULER)

­         Meetings with key stakeholders

­         FERRMED Conferences



To reinforce the Action Plan's execution across the EU, FERRMED strongly support the EULER/R+D+4i Platform launching at EU level (EULER=European Union/Eurasian Locomotive Regions).



- To present the EU Backbone Network identification

- To make known the EU interactive maps of traffic and transport volume in the EU Backbone Network

- To introduce the EU strategic socioeconomics hubs’ concept

- To make public the first approach of the improvement actions in intermodal terminals & marshalling yards, interconnection links and operation and rolling stock at EU level

- To present the proposal of the “FERRMED Fast Flexible Unaccompanied Rail-Road Integrated Transport system” (+FURRT)

- To indicate the first approach of the best routes inside the EU Backbone Network of interconnection with Eurasian Transport System

- To disseminate the FERRMED-EULER Declaration

- To present the collaboration with experts from different Eurasian countries

The Conference was open to all stakeholders from private and public institutions and companies interested in the timely achievement of the socio-economic and environmental targets related to the trans-European logistics and transport system in accordance with the European Green Deal.