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Twinning

The Road Transport Inspection was established by the Act of 6 September 2001, and its creation was the fulfilment of one of the EU accession requirements and was a guarantee of Poland's credibility as a state bordering the Union and applying for membership in the Community. From the beginning of its existence, the Inspectorate is involved in projects conducted within the framework of broadly understood twinning - firstly as the beneficiary of the project, and later as the implementing institution (the so-called aid donor).

Twinning is a tool created in 1998 on the initiative of the European Commission as part of the pre-accession strategy. The program can be used by EU candidate countries, newly admitted Member States, Western Balkan countries, countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The most important assumption of the twinning cooperation is to support public institutions in developing modern administration on the basis of partnership cooperation between the states providing assistance (Member States - MS) and beneficiary countries (Beneficiary Countries - BC). This form of cooperation covers various sectors of the economy and is implemented by public administration institutions or institutions with the Mandated Body status granted by the European Commission. The main purpose of twinning is to provide support to candidate countries for EU membership in the transposition, implementation and enforcement of the acquis communautaire of the European Union.

Road Transport Inspection in twinning

Date: 2001

Project: „Preparation of the legal basis and the creation of the Road Transport Inspection” (PHARE PL 9908.01)

The role of the Road Transport Inspection: beneficiary

Member States: France, Germany

Beneficiary Country: Poland

    The Road Transport Inspection was organized as part of the twinning project PHARE PL 9908.01 “Preparation of the legal basis and the creation of the Road Transport Inspection”. Through this project, representatives from France and Germany - countries in which similar formations have been active for a long time - took part in creating the structure and legal basis for the functioning of the Polish Inspectorate. Then the scope of tasks and detailed organization of the Inspection were determined, taking into account the assurance of safety and improvement of social conditions in road transport, protection of the transport market against violations of the rules of fair competition as well as protection of the natural environment. The experts, who were rich in knowledge and experience, also supported the newly formed formation, among others in training candidates for inspectors or implementing effective and modern IT resources.

Date: 2008 - 2010

Project: “Support to Strengthening Road Freight and Passenger Transport Safety”

The role of the Road Transport Inspection: aid donor

Member States: Poland, Austria, France

Beneficiary Country: Ukraine

In the years 2008-2010, Poland, together with partners from France and Austria, pursued a Phare project addressing the Police and Road Transport Inspection of Ukraine. It was aimed primarily at training and preparing these services to control the changing provisions of the European Agreement concerning the work of crews performing international vehicles road transport (AETR). It was the first twinning project in which the General Inspectorate of Road Transport took part in the role of aid donor. It was addressed to the representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Ukraine. The main objective of the project was to improve road safety in Ukraine and reduce the number of fatalities of road accidents by harmonizing road transport rules and procedures and adjusting them to EU standards. An important aspect was also the introduction of strategic planning and an effective system of penalties and sanctions for non-compliance.

Date: 2011 - 2013

Project: “'Further harmonization of the road safety legislation, strengthening and development of the administrative capacity of the Ministries in the field of road transport'”

The role of the Road Transport Inspection: aid donor

Member States: Poland, Germany

Beneficiary Country: Croatia

On June 27, the General Inspectorate of Road Transport in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Development of the Federal Republic of Germany has begun the implementation of the IPA 2008 twinning project entitled “Further harmonization of the road of transport in the fields of transport” for Croatia.

The project was aimed at increasing road safety and strengthening the institutional capacity of the two basic beneficiaries: the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia. Its implementation took place within the following components:

    “Legal alignment and enforcement” - assistance in adapting Croatian law to EU regulations concerning the road transport sector;

     “Institutional adjustment” - help in adjusting the administrative structure enabling effective implementation of entrusted competences;

     “Information system” - support in the introduction of an electronic data storage system that guarantees the speed and effectiveness of actions taken;

     “Training” - exchange of good practices in the field of control by organizing training for local inspectors of road transport;

     “Awareness raising and dissemination” - ensuring an effective system of control and supervision over road traffic and activities carried out for transport companies.

Date: 2013 – 2015

Project:' “Assistance on the Transport of Dangerous Goods'”

The role of the Road Transport Inspection: aid donor/Project Leader

Member States: Poland, Lithuania

Beneficiary Country: Turkey

In 2013, the General Inspectorate of Road Transport together with the State Transport Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania started the implementation of a new twinning project for Turkey. It is also the first twinning project implemented in Turkey, in which the role of the Project Leader is performed by a representative of the Polish institution, as well as the first such project in which the Leader of the Project is the General Inspectorate of Road Transport. The experience of employees of the General Inspectorate of Road Transport related both to the implementation of twinning projects as well as ensuring the safety of road transport, including in relation to the implementation and enforcement of regulations concerning the transport of dangerous goods in Poland, is invaluable in this respect.

As part of the project, the main focus is on the following components:

* Support in the preparation of a coherent strategy for the transport of dangerous goods by road,

* Preparation and organization of specialist training for representatives of beneficiary country institutions,

* Assistance in adjusting Turkish law to EU regulations regarding ADR regulations,

* Ensuring an effective system of control and supervision over the performance of road transport of dangerous goods.

This project is carried out under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), which provides support for countries involved in the process of accession to the European Union.

Date: 2015 - 2016

Project: “'Support to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in Strengthening of Safety Standards of Commercial Road Transport”

The role of the Road Transport Inspection: aid donor/Project Leader

Member States: Poland, Germany, Lithuania

Beneficiary Country: Ukraine

The General Inspectorate of Road Transport with the support of experts from the Federal Office of Freight Transport (BAG) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the National Road Transport Inspection of the Republic of Lithuania is implementing a new twinning project for Ukraine on the basis of a winning twinning offer.

It is already a second twinning project implemented by General Inspectorate of Road Transport for Ukraine, but this time as the leading institution. The new project aims to improve the safety of road transport in Ukraine and reduce the number of fatalities of road accidents. During its implementation, our experts are guided by the best international practices in this field, as well as technical standards set by the European Union.

The actions are mainly devoted to achieving a significant reduction in the number of road accidents, and thus limiting the number of their victims, while ensuring adequate institutional capacity of the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Ukraine. This requires, among others, a resilient restructuring, the introduction of road safety management systems, raising the qualifications of the managerial staff of transport companies, as well as improving the skills and working conditions of drivers. One of the key elements is also the introduction of a vehicle certification system, their parts and components, which is essential for ensuring road safety.

Date: 2016 - project in implementation

Duration: 15.08.2016 – 15.08.2018

Project:  “Support to Improving the Safety of Multimodal Dangerous Goods Transport in Ukraine (UA/50)”

The role of the Road Transport Inspection: aid donor/Younger Partner

Member States: Poland, France, Spain

Beneficiary Country: Ukraine

In August 2016, the General Inspectorate of Road Transport in cooperation with the lead partner, the Ministry of Development of the Kingdom of Spain (Ministerio de Fomento) and the Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea (Ministère de l'environnement, de l'énergie et de la mer) and now the Ministry The Ecological Transformation of the French Republic (Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire), started the implementation of another twinning project for Ukraine.

The objective of the project is to improve the safety of dangerous goods in Ukraine in accordance with the regulations and standards in force in the European Union. The project includes transport of goods by land (road, rail), sea and inland transport, as well as multimodal connections.

As part of the mission, the experts provide support aimed at increasing the capacity of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in the implementation, transposition and enforcement of EU requirements applicable to road, rail, sea, inland and multimodal transport.

Project activities were divided into four components:

A. Transposition of EU rules and standards to Ukrainian national law and technical regulations regarding the multimodal transport of dangerous goods (road, rail, sea and inland);

B. Institutional strengthening of state bodies responsible for the transport of dangerous goods in adjusting legal provisions and technical requirements in the multimodal transport of dangerous goods (road, sea, rail, inland);

C. Enhancing the efficiency of national control measures to ensure the security of multimodal transport of dangerous goods (road, rail, sea and inland);

D. Assistance to national authorities and control services enforcing the transport of dangerous goods in the field of policy development regarding the implementation of EU regulations regarding the multimodal transport of dangerous goods (road, rail, sea and inland).

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