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Geneva, November 6, 2014 Russian Deputy Minister of Transport addresses IRU Members on key challenges and opportunities for international road transport operators in Russia
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  Russian Deputy Minister of Transport, H.E. Mr Nikolay Asaul, briefed IRU members on latest key road transport developments in Russia.

Mr Asaul engaged in a constructive dialogue with IRU Members notably on the latest developments in the ECMT Multilateral Permit System, current trade sanctions between the European Union and Russia, as well as the TIR situation in Russia which remains unresolved for more than one year.

In particular, he reconfirmed the strong support from the Russian Ministry of Transport towards a sustainable solution which would allow the full reestablishment of the TIR system in Russia in the nearest future.

Mr Asaul also emphasised the cooperative approach and flexibility demonstrated by the IRU management over the past months in its contacts with the Russian authorities, in trying to resolve the TIR situation in the interest of all stakeholders.

Geneva, November 6, 2014 Albanian Training Institute ANALTIR accredited for CPC Manager and Driver Programmes
The IRU Academy is pleased to announce the accreditation of the ANALTIR Training Institute in Albania for the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) Manager and CPC Driver. This will enable the ANALTIR Training Institute to deliver these high quality training programmes to road transport professionals in Albania, thus contributing to sustainable development, improved road safety and transport efficiency, which ultimately benefits the economy and society as a whole.

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From left to right: Head of TIR Department – ANALTIR, Mr Eduart Kasa, Adviser of the President for Transport and Traffic – CCIS-ATT and Member of the IRU Academy Accreditation Committee (AAC), Mr Dušan Mladenović, ICO IRU Training Learning Technologies, Mr Blagoja Jovanovski, President – ANALTIR, Mr Ilirjan Mataj, General Manager – RACJ and President of the IRU Academy Accreditation Committee (AAC), Mrs Huda Qasim, Head – IRU Academy, Mr Patrick Philipp

Vienna, November 5, 2014 IRU announces new Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport

IRU showcased its new Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport during a side event at the 2nd UN Conference on Landlocked and Developing Countries (LLDCs). Representatives from UN-OHRLLS, UN Global Compact, OSCE, TRACECA, World Bank and the International Chamber of Commerce welcomed this new far-reaching initiative underlying its contribution to the current dialogue on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Representatives from Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan also voiced their full support for this Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport and expressed their appreciation for IRU efforts to promote trade and road transport in Central Asia and LLDCs, notably by revitalising the ancient Silk Road into a development corridor.

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From left to right: Mr Ergenebileg Sandagdorj, Chief Policy Development, Coordination, Monitoring & Reporting Service, UN-OHRLLS; Mr Alexey Stukalo, Deputy Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities; Mr Igor Runov, IRU Under Secretary General; Ms Nkiruka Chiemelu, Manager, UN Global Compact

Brussels, November 5, 2014 IRU calls for innovation and a level playing field for taxis
  IRU calls on Commissioners to ensure level playing field for fair competition in European taxi market with all operators playing by the same rules.

Vienna, November 4, 2014 IRU highlights road transport’s vital role in facilitating trade, regional integration and the sustainable development of LLDCs
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  IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, emphasised road transport’s key role in facilitating trade, regional integration and the sustainable development of Landlocked and Developing Countries (LLDCs), at a Business and Investment Forum organised during the 2nd UN Conference on Landlocked and Developing Countries. Mr de Pretto also had the opportunity to briefly speak with UN Secretary General, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, on the IRU’s work to facilitate trade worldwide through the UN TIR Convention.

Geneva, November 4, 2014 Turkmen Ambassador addresses IRU on need for effective transport corridors in Central Asia
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  Turkmen Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), H.E. Atageldi Haljanov, highlighted the need for effective transport corridors in Central Asia in his opening statement to participants at the IRU Liaison Committee to Eurasia. H.E. Mr Haljanov notably presented initiatives from the President of Turkmenistan, including the development of transport routes between the Caspian, Black and Baltic Seas, as well as an Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman Transport Corridor.

Mr Haljanov thanked the IRU for its role in organising an International Conference on the “Role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation, stability and sustainable development” and affirmed that Turkmenistan will continue to pursue active transport policies aimed at addressing global challenges facing the international community.

Brussels, November 4, 2014 IRU reiterates position on infrastructure financing to MEPs
  IRU Head of EU Goods Transport and Environmental Affairs, Marc Billiet, reiterated the IRU’s Position on infrastructure financing, to MEPs at a hearing on “European road toll systems for private vehicles” organised by the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament. He stressed the need to first establish the amount already paid by road users today, notably how and for what, before deciding who should pay more, what amount and how these additional funds will be collected and used.

He further underlined that revenues from road users’ contributions for infrastructure should flow back to road transport projects, including road infrastructure, instead of being used to cross-subsidise other modes.

Naples, October 31, 2014 IRU calls for charter on EU Group Tourism by Coach
  IRU Vice President, Yves Mannaerts, addressed participants at a European Tourism Forum, organised by the Italian Presidency of the EU, on the benefits of bus and coach travel and stressed the need to create a charter on ‘EU group tourism by coach’. The charter would include a strategy to integrate high-quality group tourism with other interests, create safe, secure and accessible intermodal coach terminals and create group tourism marketing plans for cities partnering with the industry.

Mr Mannaerts highlighted that, despite the obvious benefits of bus and coach travel, there remain many unnecessary obstacles to efficient operations, including urban access restrictions and bans on coaches in tourist areas, low emission zones and access charges.

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Oxford, October 31, 2014 Oxford Economics publishes study on TIR benefits for Latin America
  Oxford Economics, in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS), has published a report on the TIR System as an example of a best practice for facilitating intermodal transport in Latin American Countries. According to the report’s findings, implementation of TIR – the only global transit and Customs guarantee system – in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, would boost exports from the three countries for a total of USD 9 billion.

The report further estimates that effectively implementing the TIR System to simplify and harmonise administrative procedures for international road transport would cut border waiting times between Latin American countries by 50%.

San Luis, October 30, 2014 IRU urges Latin American transport stakeholders to use Safe Load Securing best practices to increase road safety
  As part of its commitment to improving road safety worldwide, the IRU called on transport stakeholders at the 13th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT13) in Argentina, to immediately implement load securing best practices. In this regard, the IRU showcased its International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport, which provide practical information on correctly and safely loading and securing goods on vehicles.

These highly popular IRU Guidelines have been downloaded over 17,000 times in 117 countries and are available in English, Estonian, French, Russian and Spanish on the IRU website.

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