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Terms of Reference

                                      TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE INLAND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
                                      (adopted by the Committee at its fifty-fifth session, February 1993)

(a)

The Inland Transport Committee provides a forum for its member Governments for (i) cooperation and consultation based on the exchange of information and experiences, (ii) the analysis of transport trends and economics and transport policy trends, and (iii) coordinated action designed to achieve an efficient, coherent, balanced and flexible transport system in the ECE region which is based on principles of market economy, pursues the objectives of safety, environmental protection and energy efficiency in transport and takes into account transport developments and policy of member Governments;

(b)

The Committee promotes the harmonization and improvement of technical and operational regulations, standards and recommendations in the various fields of inland transport in the ECE region, particularly in Road Safety, Road Vehicles, the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Infrastructures and Combined Transport;

(c)

It promotes the facilitation of international road, rail and inland waterway transport, particularly through the simplification and harmonization of administrative border crossing procedures and documentation, including electronic data interchange (EDIFACT);

(d)

It promotes the coordinated development of infrastructures for road, rail and inland waterway transport as well as for combined transport with a view to achieving coherent international transport networks for each mode in the ECE region;

(e)

The Committee pursues the objective of sustainable transport development by means of promoting both the reduction of the negative impact of transport on the environment and the utilization of environmentally sound modes of transport including the development of combined transport;

(f)

With a view to achieving the above objectives and ensuring the above functions, the Inland Transport Committee elaborates, administers and where appropriate revises Agreements, Conventions and other international legally binding instruments in the various fields of inland transport;

(g)

It develops appropriate methodologies and definitions for the collection, compilation and harmonization of transport statistics for the purposes of comparability and consistency.  It also evaluates the need for the collection and coordination of statistics at the international level and reviews ways to improve their collection, presentation and quality;

(h)

Upon request, the Committee advises and assists ECE member countries particularly those facing major economic changes through workshops, training and other appropriate means on transport matters of specific interest in particular in developing transport systems and infrastructures which are compatible with those of neighbouring parts of the ECE region;

(i)

The Committee undertakes the study of problems at the interface of inland transport with maritime and air transport in the ECE region;

(j)

In carrying out its mandate the Committee cooperates closely with other ECE Principal Subsidiary Bodies, the European Community and intergovernmental organizations, in particular ECMT, regional organizations for economic cooperation, financial institutions such as IBRD, EIB and EBRD, as well as with non-governmental organizations active in the field of European transport with a view to avoiding duplication of work and maximizing the contribution of each organization to coherent multilateral regional transport development, safety, environment, and ultimately to the economic development and benefit of member States.

(k)

The Committee may establish subsidiary bodies or convene meetings as it deems necessary to assist it in carrying out the above mandate.


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