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IPA Project  
IPA Project                                       
ERA assists the countries-applicants for EU membership to adopt the EU railways legislation in the fields of safety and interoperability.
ERA's assistance is structured in the form of projects under the name IPA ("Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance").
Beneficiaries of  IPA Projects of ERA are:
EU Candidate Countries:
Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
EU Potential Candidates:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*
Targets of the project are to:
  • provide technical assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries
  • facilitate their integration in the activities of the Agency
  • strengthen the compliance of the legislations with the EU railway legislation
  • assist the preparation of new national regulatory framework that complies with the EU safety and interoperability legislation
  • offer practical experience to the representatives of the beneficiaries
  • enhance the flow of communication among the beneficiaries
The project activities include:
  • Close cooperation with the regulatory bodies of the beneficiaries
  • Organisation of dedicated seminars and workshops for the railway authorities of the beneficiaries
  • Opportunities for the beneficiaries to participate in the core Agency’s National Safety Authorities’ and Investigation Bodies’ networks
  • Technical and study visits to the beneficiaries
  • Traineeship opportunities at the premises of the Agency
  • Translation of key documents into the languages of the beneficiaries
The first phase of the IPA project of ERA took place from 01.01.2010 to 30.11.2013. Below you may find the relevant reports.
Phase II of the IPA project of ERA started in January 2016.
The new phase is going to focus on preparatory measures for EU candidates and potential candidates to optimise their legal framework.
The new phase contains milestones to be achieved by the IPA beneficiaries, such as reporting based on EU indicators and legislation and alignement of the national legislations of the beneficiaries with EU TSIs and safety legislation.
Kyriakos DOULIS
Project Officer
Project Assistant



Publication date Title
27-10-2014 Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) activities 2012
27-10-2014Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) activities 2013
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


  • Kyriakos Doulis
    Project Officer
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  • Zheni Chaneva
    Project Assistant
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