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ECMT Round Tables No. 134 Market Access, Trade in Transport Services and Trade Facilitation: (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9282101460)

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Abstract:

The Round Table discussed the role of the transport sector in supporting regional economic integration.  The event was hosted by the Hellenic Institute of Transport, Thessaloniki.  The discussion focused on the following sub‐topics:

•           Regional integration in the context of multilateral trade liberalisation

•           The effects on market structure of liberalising international trade in transport services

•           Interaction of the liberalisation of trade in transport services and national competition policies

•           Demand for coordination of:

   ‐           international transport infrastructure policies,

   ‐           international transport security,

   ‐           national logistics policies.

In view of the complexities of the multilateral process of liberalising international trade in transport services, regional integration efforts will continue to play a major role.  However, there is a risk of inconsistencies between different agreements. Regional integration processes in trade and transport require strong international coordination, not only of transport policies but also of related policies such as security and logistics.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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