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EU - Turkey Transport Relations Are Entering A New Phase For Full Alignment With The Atlas Project

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:54

A € 2,9 million project under the Sectoral Operational Programme for Transport is supporting the comprehensive integration of Turkey’s transport sector with the EU by facilitating a comprehensive legal alignment process based on economic realities. The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu and the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut attended the project opening event organised at the J.W Mariott Hotel on 24 May 2022.

What is the aim of the project?

The Project will pursue a dynamic method to examine the comprehensive transport legislation in Turkey to assess its alignment requirements based on the horizontal themes of accessibility, affordability, competition rules, safety, security, environment, emissions, infrastructure, digitalisation. A legal alignment assessment will be carried out for each sub- sector (maritime, aviation, road, rail) through gap analysis, gap plugging and economic/regulatory impact assessment.

The long-term results are expected to be;

  • Better quality and more affordable transport services for citizens and businesses
  • More trade between countries thanks to more efficient logistics in international trade
  • Equal safety and security standards with the EU in transport
  • Equal environmental standards with the EU in transport
  • Digital transformation in transport modes which is compatible with the EU.

What is the scope of the project?

The project will seek to achieve the following results:

  • Legal approximation strategy and action plan based on economic and regulatory impact analysis,
  • Enhanced policy dialogue and technical cooperation in the area of transport
  • A modern digital Electronic Legislation Inventory Tool (ELIT) to regularly monitor the harmonization status of the transport legislation with the EU.
  • High level dialogue and technical study visits



Sector Transport Operational Program

The Financing Agreement for the Sector Transport Operational program (SOPT) was signed between the Government of Turkey and the European Commission in 2017 providing 347 million EURs of EU financing to Turkey in the area of transport.

The thematic priorities of the SOPT are: 1) To enhance the sustainability and safety of transport, 2) To improve the efficiency of the transport system, 3) To promote a shift from individual to sustainable, accessible and inclusive modes of public transport at both national and urban level, 4) To progressively align the Turkish transport sector with the EU transport acquis, further develop administrative capacity and facilitate further integration with the Single European Transport Area. 

By the end of 2021, the total number of projects has reached 19 with an amount of €631 million (€336 million EU contribution and €295 million TR contribution). Construction of Çerkezköy-Kapıkule Section of the Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line, which was signed in 2019 has reached to 51% physical progress. Another significant area of support is the sustainable urban mobility planning which is provided to cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Kocaeli, Duzce, Kahramanmaras, Eskisehir and Konya.


For more information, please contact:

Göktuğ Kara - Programme Manager, Transport

goktug.kara@eeas.europa.eu / M +90 532 532 665 19 28

For press inquiries:

Miray Akdağ - Press Officer for the Delegation of the European Union in Turkey miray.akdag@eeas.europa.eu     M +90 532 624 93 56 / T +90 312 459 88 77