Austria traditionally has been active in "bridge-building to the east," increasing contacts at all levels with eastern Europe and the states of the former Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. Austrians maintain a constant exchange of business representatives, political leaders, students, cultural groups, and tourists with the countries of central and eastern Europe.
The ECMT (European Conference of European Ministers of Transport) is a forum for policy issues of relevance to the transport modes of rail, roads, inland waterways, plusintermodal transport. It has 43 full members, six associate members and one observer country. Austria has been a (founder) member since 1953.
In the European Union there is a range of useful and forward-looking programmes to modulate transport nowadays for the generation tomorrow.
- Marco Polo Programme
- Trans-European Transport Network (TEN)
- Trans-European Railway project (TER)
- Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC) of the UNCE
The Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is responsible for questions of economic cooperation in Europe and North America, and its members are all the European states, including those of the CIS, plus the USA and Canada.