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Eastern Europe contains some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Transport infrastructure is a critical cornerstone to the increase in prosperity. Efficient transport networks allow for greater movement of peoples and trade that will catalyse full integration of the newer member states with Western Europe.

Although a portion of the investment in transport infrastructure is met by EU funding and traditional public-only procurement, the role of foreign investment – either through PPP, via privatisation, or through direct government contracts - is essential if the aims and wishes of the EU are to be properly fulfilled.

The CEE region offers exciting prospects to would-be sponsors, operators and constructors. The region must surely rank top of the list of geographic targets for major European infrastructure players.

This conference looks at how the EU is implementing its Trans-European-Network strategy and opening transport corridors. It will look Eastward at the next wave of accession states, and look at the pathfinding deals that have closed and lessons learned from past mistakes.

If it’s happening in CEE road, rail or airports it’s at the conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Marc Fevre

Marc Fevre, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

9:10 THE HUNGARY PPP ROAD SHOWCASE

  • M5: changing from real toll to availability mechanism
  • Challenges in annexing phase 3
  • M6 tendering separate lots - a different approach to M5
  • Financial structures of the projects
  • Lessons learnt
  • Will these transport deals prove the catalyst for PPP infrastructure projects in multiple sectors across the region?
  • Miklos Muranyi

    Miklos Muranyi, Director, National Motorway Company

    Martin Schlor

    Martin Schlor, Project Manager, Porr Solutions

    9:50 CZECH PPP TRANSPORT PROJECTS

    Jan  Snajdr

    Jan Snajdr, Executive Director , PPP Association

  • PPP pilot projects status quo
  • Procedures and legislation
  • Future pipeline of projects in transport
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 FINANCING A PROJECT

    Katerina  Helikarova

    Katerina Helikarova, Head of the PPP Regulation and Methodology Group, Ministry Of Finance

    11:40 LEGAL STRUCTURES FOR ROAD PROJECTS IN CEE

  • EU Rules - matched funding
  • Financial structures
  • Intercreditor issues
  • Structuring the project within the public law framework
  • Richard Dyton

    Richard Dyton, Head of PPP/PFI, Simmons & Simmons

    Stephan  Kyutchukov

    Stephan Kyutchukov, Partner, Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 RAIL RESTRUCTURING

    Mark Elliott

    Mark Elliott, Partner, EC Harris

  • Impact of government policy
  • Role of regulation
  • Commercialisation approaches
  • Experience/case studies
  • 14:40 A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ROAD PROJECTS IN HUNGARY, CROATIA, POLAND AND SLOVAKIA

    Marc Fevre

    Marc Fevre, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    15:20 AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN POLAND

    Andreas  Strasser

    Andreas Strasser, Director Corporate & Project Finance CEE & Head of Infrastructure, Transportation & PFI , Bank Austria Creditanstalt

  • The role of Bank Austria Creditanstalt Group in Airport Finance
  • Key criteria of Airport Finance in CEE and Poland
  • Preconditions for air traffic and airport development in Poland
  • The terminal 2 project at Warsaw Frederic Chopin, technically and financially
  • The regions of Poland and their airports
  • Challenges and opportunities through LCC's in Poland
  • Outlook and future role of Polish airports
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stuart Webb

    Stuart Webb, Partner, EC Harris

    9:10 PPP IN BULGARIA

    Boriana Pencheva

    Boriana Pencheva, Director, Management of EU Funds Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Bulgaria

  • Reasons for increased reliance on PPP
  • Legal issues
  • Setting priorities
  • 9:30 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN PORTS

    Tzvetan Tanev

    Tzvetan Tanev , Senior Expert, Concessions Department, Ministry of Transport, Bulgaria

    9:50 RAIL - PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT VERSUS GOVERNMENT CONTROL

    Juliet Reingold

    Juliet Reingold, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • Creating the right incentive mechanisms
  • Role of regulation
  • Incentivising asset life
  • Contractual models
  • Managing interface risks
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS IN BUDAPEST

    Dénes Siklosi

    Dénes Siklosi, Head of the Project Implementation Unit, Municipality Of The City Of Budapest

    ·         Actual infrastructural development projects in Budapest
      • Metro line M4 a joint financing example with the Government and the EIB, further possibilities with phase 2, future and past
      • Developing a city of the future: transport infrastructure projects in Budapest
      • ·         Experience at municipal level in infrastructural projects
        ·         Cooperation between the Municipality and the Government in EU-financing projects
        ·         What we look for in an adviser
        ·         Budapest Transport Association – a common ticket system for the City current status and outlook

    11:40 PPP INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN PRAGUE

    Radovan  Steiner

    Radovan Steiner, Member of the City Council of Prague, Prague City Hall

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PPP IN CROATIA

    Mate Jurisic

    Mate Jurisic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development

  • Road traffic in Croatia
  • Traffic shortfall subsidies
  • Negotiation process
  • Lesson learnt
  • 14:30 INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN RUSSIA: UPDATE ON THE NEW RUSSIAN LAW ON CONCESSION AGREEMENTS

    Dr Michael Schwartz

    Dr Michael Schwartz, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Moscow

  • Case study of the first Russian PPP toll motorway between Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Developing much-needed highway infrastructure
  • Project structure to secure its effective financing
  • Successful and profitable implementation
  • Legal evaluation of risks
  • Optimisation of the project's structure and development of necessary regulatory and contractual base
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RAIL SECTOR AND THE FINANCING OF ROLLING STOCK

    Andreas Treede

    Andreas Treede, Head of Origination and Structuring, Rail & Road , KFW IPEX-Bank

    16:20 TELEMATICS

    Daniel Giblin

    Daniel Giblin, Partner, EC Harris

  • EU, regional and local issues
  • Different systems/different charges
  • ITS architecture
  • Client and operators - the customer's view
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Commercialisation of Road and Rail Infrastructure
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    Commercialisation of Road and Rail Infrastructure

    Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan
    22nd February 2006
    Sofia, Bulgaria

    Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan

    5 Sveta Nedelya Square
    Sofia 1000
    Bulgaria

    Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan

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