South East Europe is at an important crossroads in the development of its connectivity programmes, securing a critical role as a gateway for international trade routes between East and West. Due to its privileged geographical position, Croatia has been at the forefront of this process, through regional cooperation initiatives such as the Adriatic-Ionian motorway corridor. Croatia also plays an important role in the South East European area and in the Balkans, as an EU Member State with a lot of neighbouring countries being potential candidates for enlargement in the future.
At a time of growing motorisation, the region’s network of roads and highways is currently its largest public asset. However, significant challenges remain to enhance the safety, efficiency, environmental sustainability and resilience of the road network, underscoring the value of regional and programmatic cooperation around highway & sustainable mobility initiatives.
Organised by the European Union Road Federation (ERF), in cooperation with IRF, Hrvatske Ceste (the Croatian Roads company), Via Vita (Croatian National Road Association) and the University of Zagreb, the European Road Conference “Corridors for Shared Prosperity” offers an essential platform to deepen the understanding of current challenges, widen the engagement framework with regional road stakeholders, and achieve consensus on key policy, investment and planning measures.