UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Note for the Press


Albania accedes to the AGR Agreement

Geneva, 15 August 2006 -- On 2 August, Albania acceded to the European Agreement on Main International Traffic Arteries (AGR), increasing the number of States Contracting Parties to this Agreement to thirty-five.

The AGR, which was done in 1975 , provides the legal framework for the construction and development of a coherent international road network, the E-road network. The Agreement identifies the E-roads, or arteries that channel major international traffic flows throughout the UNECE region and establishes the minimum uniform technical conditions those roads must respect as well as a distinguishing number for each E-road.

In addition to the major road-traffic arteries in Western, Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe, the AGR now includes main international roads in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

For more information, please contact:

José Capel Ferrer, Director, or
Marie-Noëlle Poirier, Economic Affairs Officer,
UNECE Transport Division
Palais des Nations
CH - 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0) 22 917 2400, 917 3259
Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0039
E-mail: jose.capel.ferrer@unece.org - marie-noelle.poirier@unece.org

Ref: ECE/TRANS/06/N04