FLAVIA - Freight and Logistics Advancement in Central/ South-East Europe - Validation of trade and transport processes, Implementation and Application

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Intermodal freight transport connections from Central Europe (CE) towards South-East European (SEEC) and Black Sea countries are insufficient but urgently needed for more and efficient import and export. A lot of potential trade partners as well as large amounts of natural resources, like oil, copper and gas, exist in the Black Sea area and beyond along the TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia). Analyses of successfully implemented INTERREG projects (ECO4LOG and INTERIM) have shown differentm problems of intermodal terminals, market players and cross border procedures. Therefore the idea of the proposed project FLAVIA is to establish intermodal cooperation and to develop the logistic corridor from Central to South-East Europe. This will be done in co-operation with the transport axis projects SoNorA and SCANDRIA.


FLAVIA addresses the following problems in intermodal freight transport:

  • Modal split of rail and inland waterway dropped down despite of increased volumes
  • Increasing road congestions
  • Big delays of freight trains at border crossings
  • Obsolete terminal technique
  • Mental barriers of market players against intermodal transport

The project intends not to develop a new “spatial planning corridor” or a specific road or rail connection. The approach of the project is logistic process oriented with the aim to improve intermodal cargo flows instead of the building of new infrastructure. This can avoid or concentrate investment funds. Through the logistical approach and instruments being used (like e.g. benchmarking, accessibility analyses, running time and bottleneck analyses, implementationof quality standards) new and innovative measures for a better interconnectivity of the regions will be developed and implemented. Also the exchange of knowledge and the promotion of best-practice are elements of the project.


The FLAVIA logistic corridor project involves partners from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Improving logistic flows among the involved regions will contribute to the integration of markets in the enlarged European Union. Furthermore, the reduction of barriers in the intermodal logistic flows will result in a stronger integration of the new member and candidate countries into the EU. To enhance the competitiveness of the involved regions it is planned, among other things, to support the harbour development at the Black Sea as an alternative to the Adriatic harbours for Central European overseas trade and to foster the intermodal transport infrastructure for a “greener” logistic. Main activities in terms of work packages are:

  • WP3 (Trade and transport between CE and SEEC) will consider logistic flows and chains, network and organisational barriers, security aspects and finally visualise bottlenecks in an IT tool.
  • WP4 (Quality and efficiency increasing of logistic chains) will transfer best practice in rail and inland waterways transport, elaborate action plans for logistics to remove bottlenecks, elaborate concepts for intermodal security and efficiency and establish institutional pro-rail and intermodal terminal alliances.
  • In WP5 (Capacity building and pre-feasibility studies) more than 10 pre-feasibility studies will be carried out to support inter- / multimodal goods transport in the FLAVIA logistic corridor. The related investments will improve the accessibility of the involved regions drastically in terms of intermodal transport, unburden the congested roads and contribute to the ecological aims of the regions.
  • But the Southern endpoint of the FLAVIA corridor in Romania also does not mark the final destination of the considered logistic flows and channels. Therefore in WP6 an extension of the corridor is foreseen towards the Black Sea bordering and TRACECA countries. Main goal of the extension process is the establishment of cooperation structures in the fields of trade and transport.


WP3 "Trade and transport between CE and SEEC"

Action 3.1 "Definition of the corridor and the intermodal market"

Action 3.2 "Trade and trade barriers with South-East Europe"

Action 3.3 "Analysis of transnational intermodal logistic chains"

Action 3.4 "Evaluation of transport security aspects"

Action 3.5 "Technical and organisational bottlenecks in the corridor and measures to overcome"

Action 3.6 "Visualisation of bottlenecks in an IT tool"

WP4 "Quality and efficiency increasing of logistic chains"

Action 4.1 "Transfer of best practice rail and inland waterway transportation"

Action 4.2 "Action plans for logistics chains to remove bottlenecks"

Action 4.3 "Concepts for intermodal security enhancement rail and inland waterway"

Action 4.4 "Suggestions for further efficiency increasing"

WP 5 "Capacity building and pre-feasibility studies"

Action 5.1 "Environmental performance evaluation - ways to "green logistics"

Action 5.2 "Pre-feasibility studies to support intermodal rail"

Action 5.3 "Pre-feasibility studies to support inland waterway"

Action 5.4 "Pre-feasibility studies terminal cooperation/development"

WP6 "Extending of cooperation structures to the Black Sea bordering and TRACECA countries"

Action 6.1 "Intermodal plans and activities of Black Sea bordering/TRACECA countries"

Lead Partner

, 03375 508 924 (Project Coordinator)
, Tel.: 03375 508 355 (Project Manager)
, Tel.: 03375 508 646 (Project Officer)

Technische Hochschule Wildau [FH], Forschungsgruppe Verkehrslogistik
15745 Wildau

Project Budget

1,8 Mio. EUR


03/2010 - 04/2013

Project Website




INTERREG IV B Central Europe Programme 2007-2013


ERDF - Central Europe

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