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Regional Workshop and Final Meeting of TransBonus Consortium

The Regional Workshop “Transport Research and Business Cooperation in SEE” held on 6 December 2010 was hosted by the Higher School of Transport (VTU) and organized in cooperation with the ARC Fund as Coordinator of TransBonus project. The event was attended by more than 40 representatives of 10 countries from the region: the partners from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and guests from academic and business organizations from Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey.

The participants were addressed by Prof. DSc Petar Kolev, Rector of the VTU. He underlined the necessity to join efforts in the field of transport research since transport development is not only a priority in the EU policy, but also a condition to guarantee mobility of people and goods under the conditions of increasing integration and globalization.

The scientists from SEE attending the workshop made presentations on their research priorities and results while three leading Bulgarian companies, DISSY Ltd. – Sofia, VRZ 99 – Septemvri and TRANSWAGON Plc – Bourgas, showed their experience in applying new technologies and innovations. The discussions concerned the possibilities of wider cooperation between research and business as well as problems arising with implementation of applied research results in transport-related enterprises. On 7 December 2010 the TransBonus partners and guests made an expert study visit to the VRZ 99 in the town of Septemvri. They were shown around the production facilities and acquainted with the devices for quality control on wheel axles manufacturing as well as with the company policy to achieving high competitiveness in railway industry.

During the final consortium meeting the TransBonus partners assessed the project as successful regarding the aim to establish Transport EU-Western Balkan Network for Training, Support and Promotion of Cooperation in FP7 Research Dctivities. As for the Higher School of Transport (VTU) as a partner, the project contributed to widening contacts with similar institutions from West Balkan countries including the establishment of Cluster for Science and Research in Transport with founders from 4 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia). As a whole, the participation in the FP7 TransBonus project has resulted in increasing the VTU’s prestige as a transport educational and research centre both in the country and Europe.