(Hermann Meyer of ERTICO and Vladimir Kryuchkov of ITS Russia)
Image courtesy: ERTICO.
ERTICO and ITS Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will provide a framework towards cooperation in the field of ITS.
Cooperation talks started a few years ago and materialised in 2008 with the participation in the EC funded project SIMBA II.
The project served to strengthen road transport research cooperation between Europe and emerging international markets, among them Russia. SIMBA II concluded in April 2010.
The project has mapped the national RTD activities, policies and future requirements in Russia and has defined a joint list of EU-Russia priorities which could result in concrete projects contributing to ITS deployment.
The project also provided a medium for ERTICO and ITS Russian partners to establish contacts.
During this time ERTICO and ITS Russia partners expressed interest to reinforce cooperation on ITS between the two regions beyond the scope of SIMBA II.
Cooperation between the two regions will render the transport sector more competitive and will allow for an integration of Russia into the enlarged European transport networks.