Adequate infrastructure is fundamental for transport systems. 

Insufficient transport infrastructures, bottlenecks and missing links prevent smooth flow of goods and people across borders and hinder trade and commerce.  Developing infrastructure is a difficult task. It requires substantial investments and involvement of the governmental institutions as all new road infrastructures should comply with the road safety regulations. When it comes to repairing or building cross-border transport networks, coordination between governments is also necessary. 

Uniform road signals and signs are crucial in ensuring safety on the roads. In 1968 a Convention on road signs was signed to ensure standardisation in signing system and to increase road safety at global level. The convention specifies the road markings, colours for traffic lights. 62 countries have become Convention’s contracting parties. 

The transport networks are regulated by the 4 international agreements at UN level concluded by contracting parties of the United National Economic Commission for Europe (all European countries, US, Russian Federation and CIS countries). These agreements determine the minimum technical norms and requirements for new infrastructure projects.

The construction of a new reliable infrastructure is given a high priority in the EU. The flow of goods and people and smooth operation of Single Market would not be complete without creating a Trans-European transport network. The EU still mainly relies on the transport infrastructures developed by under national policy premises. 

The trans-European transport network (TEN-T) has been created to facilitate creation of a coherent and integrated pan-European transport network. The Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency is responsible for the project’s implementation. To find our more about road infrastructure projects in the EU, please visit the TEN-T website.