The current trade and goods traffic relations in Central Europe (CE) are strongly oriented towards Western Europe. However, through the accession of the South-Eastern European countries to the EU new sales and supply structures arise which have to be strengthened in the fields of trade as well as in goods traffic and logistics. The main direction of impact of the FLAVIA project is to substantial contribute to the European cohesion, especially along the TEN-T corridors IV and VII and the FLAVIA corridor itself. This will be achieved by the reduction of organisational and network barriers in the intermodal logistic channels of the involved regions which will increase the accessibility of regions from the logistical point of view. Furthermore, strategic enlargements of the sales and supply structures are necessary to reach new potential trade partners around the Black Sea and the TRACECA area (Transport Corridor Europe Caucasus Asia). The countries in these areas are on the one hand interesting business markets for European industrial products and on the other hand there are valuable natural and energy resources. To link efficiently these new markets and the Southern Silk Road to the European heartland is the topic of the FLAVIA project. Thereby the focus of the project is an intermodal cargo flow related and process-oriented approach. Through the logistical approach and the logistical instruments being used (e.g. benchmarking, accessibility analyses, running time und bottleneck analyses, pre-feasibility studies to prepare necessary investments) 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 will be an essential part of the FLAVIA project to foster the use of environmentally friendly transport rail and inland waterway. More than 10 pre-feasibility studies to support inter- / multimodal goods transport in the FLAVIA corridor will be carried out. 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 does not mark also the final destination of the logistics channels. Therefore an extension of the corridor towards the Black Sea bordering and TRACECA countries is foreseen. Main goal of the extension process is the establishment of cooperation structures in the fields of trade and transport.
The FLAVIA project improves the intermodal transport along the corridor Central/Southeast Europe. FLAVIA uses a logistics-oriented approach. This means, after anlysing the corridor and the existing bottlenecks concrete action plans are elaborated to remove them. Finally, new intermodal concepts (rail, inland waterway, terminal development) are developed with the help of pre-feasibility studies. The FLAVIA road show continued with further events in Pardubice, in Bucharest and two events close to Berlin. The road show is a chain of events with various stops along the corridor. In each FLAVIA country the partners have prepared project appearances on notable national conferences, fairs and symposiums. During these events the FLAVIA project and its results have been presented with the help of presentations, information stands and conference papers. In February 2013 the final FLAVIA conference in Budapest took place in the course of the 18th Logistics Conference and Forum. The FLAVIA partnership presented the main findings of the project. The participants (mainly from the transport and logistics sector) could get a comprehensive insight of the project work. After promoting the concept of a pro-rail alliance during the project the establishment of three pro-rail alliances was accomplished. According to the already existing model in Germany, new alliances were set up in Poland, Austria and Romania. In all three countries memorundam of understandings were signed by profit and non-profit organisations. The alliances will communicate the needs of the railway sector towards the policy decision makers and the public. A similiar approach could be finished succesfully as well. During the project lifetime the idea of a terminal alliance was discussed. In Budapest an initial group with terminal representatives from Germany, Hungary and Romania was formed. The terminal alliance shall be used as a platform in order to implement common actions and interests like staff educating, marketing or business development. Furthermore, all pre-feasibility studies have been finalised. Since the beginning of the project the topics terminal development, railway services, green logistics and inland waterway transport were dealt with. Furthermore, the partnership released overall 8 best practice brochures '"From truck to train". An IT routing tool has been further developed. It enables the user to route intermodal transports along Europe. Togehter with the intermodal wiki both tools shall help to raise the awareness for intermodal transports. The wiki provides a knowledge base for intermodal transport topics.