Container ship plying the Black Sea. © Wikimedia Commons/HopsonRoad

Expanding green and digital trade and transport in the Eastern Partnership

Strengthening sustainable and digital trade routes and logistics concepts between Eastern Partnership countries and with the EU

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Lead executing agency

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  • Overall term

    2024 to 2026

  • Other Stakeholders

    Infrastructure and vehicle providers, service providers such as freight forwarders and carriers, border authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

  • Products and expertise

    Economic development and employment

Context

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are part of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with the European Union (EU). One aspect of this involves integrating these countries into the EU's internal market. To achieve this, the countries need to introduce and implement digital, sustainable and climate-friendly concepts for logistics and transport. Up to now, for example, they have made little use of renewable energies and rail transport for logistics and transport. There is a need for structural changes, better cooperation between all interest groups and increased capacities among the actors responsible for trade routes and logistics concepts in the countries.

Improved coordination and cooperation between those responsible is also required in order to boost convergence among the EaP countries, to ensure that goods are processed efficiently at borders, to improve logistics within the countries and to harness the potential of digital trade. The countries need to link their technical solutions and build capacities in transport and logistics and within customs and the ministries.

Objective

In the EaP countries, cooperation between the actors responsible for trade routes and logistics concepts has been strengthened.

Approach

The project operates in three areas:

  • It selects, plans and implements demonstration projects that focus on climate-friendly transport solutions. This supports the development of climate-friendly and environmentally-sound logistics and thus contributes significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For cross-border movement of goods between the EaP countries, the project supports digital solutions within customs authorities and cooperation between customs authorities through a mutual exchange of experience between the EaP countries and EU countries.
  • The project also supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the transport, trade and logistics sectors by providing training on how to use digital and climate-friendly solutions.

Last update: May 2024