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Supported by: European Union Road Federation ( ERF)

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:

Dr Aniceto Zaragoza, President,  European Union Road Federation
Edgar Thielmann, Head of Division, European Commission
Tim Green, Director, Road Users Alliance & Member of  the Executive Committee, European Union Road Federation
Christian Nagl, PPP Project Manager, ASFINAG, Austria
Rik Joosten, Chief Executive Officer, Egis Projects, France
Bernward Kulle, Managing Director, HOCHTIEF Projektentwicklung GmbH, Germany
Gunnar Lundberg, Senior Vice President, Investment Manager, Skanska BOT AB, Sweden

Benefits of attending:

Hear from International case studies from leading industry experts and ministry representatives from Europe
Understand the aims of the European Commission's transport policy with regards to the Trans European Networks

Hear about the new legislation governing the application of private finance
Find out about successful ways of managing toll roads and implementing complex toll projects
Gain an understanding of the overview of project finance in the European roads sector
Meet and network with leading industry experts and public sector decision makers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Tim Green

Tim Green, Director, Road Users Alliance

9:50 The Irish Roads Experience

Justin Elliott

Justin Elliott, Project Manager, NTR Roads

  • Historical PPP’s
  • Current roads’ programme
  • Assessing the experience to date
  • Emerging toll technologies in Ireland
  • Future outlook for roads’ PPPs
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Central and Eastern Europe

    Jonathan Simpson

    Jonathan Simpson, Partner, Dewey Ballantine LLP

  • Pitfalls and obstacles
  • Key CEE Government concerns
  • Key foreign investor concerns
  • Strategies for success
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Trans-European Networks

  • Analysing the road transport sector in the EU
  • Assessing the trans-European networks – the planning and payment of TENs
  • The Commission’s 2001 White Paper Programme
  • Financing the TENs: the EU budget
  • Overview of the key developments of TENs to date
  • The future of project finance and public private partnerships
  • Edgar Thielmann

    Edgar Thielmann, Head of Division, European Commission

    Ioannis Gheivelis

    Ioannis Gheivelis, Head of Division, European Commission

    14:40 Austrian Roads - Building on the success of Europpass

    Bernhard Hobmayer

    Bernhard Hobmayer, PPP Project, Deputy Manager, ASFINAG

  • Europpass experience
  • Paket 1 Ostregion update
  • Implications for the future
  • 15:40 International Experiences from Chile

    Ivan Cadez

    Ivan Cadez, Head of Operations and Tolling, HOCHTIEF

  • Implementation of complex toll projects
  • Public partnership with authorities
  • Interoperability for the five MLFF systems
  • Improvement of safety and environment conditions
  • Customer relationship management
  • 16:20 Taking Over Existing Road Operations

    Rik Joosten

    Rik Joosten, Chief Executive Officer, Egis Projects SA

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Charles Russell

    Charles Russell, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

    9:10 A Review of the New Law for Concessions in Spain

    Fernando Gutierrez de Vera

    Fernando Gutierrez de Vera, Chairman, Seopan Concesiones

    9:50 Road Development Progress in the Nordic Market

    Gunnar Lundberg

    Gunnar Lundberg, Senior Vice President, Skanska BOT

  • Overview of present and future market
  • Availability payments
  • General acceptance of PPP/BOT?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 A View on Transitioning Economies

    Adam Nicolopoulos

    Adam Nicolopoulos, Executive Director, UBS Investment Bank

  • Central and Eastern European road infrastructure – need for development
  • Private sector potential contributions to road development
  • Key challenges facing the new member states in the development of new infrastructure
  • Bina Istra case study – one off deal or a model for the region?
  • Funding options and choices
  • The future prospect of road procurement in Europe
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch


    Rune Elvik

    Rune Elvik, Chief Research Officer, Institute of Transport Economics

  • Quantified road safety targets are being set by more and more countries, and have been set by the EU
  • It is very difficult – indeed almost impossible – to evaluate the effectiveness of targets in a scientifically soundway
  • This does not necessarily mean that targets are a bad idea, only that the guidance that research can give in setting targets is limited
  • One can give some suggestions for effective target setting based on theory, common sense and past experience
  • There are also some pitfalls to be avoided, such as having too many targets or making targets too short term
  • 14:40 Project Finance Risk Analysis

    Robert Bain

    Robert Bain, Associate, Standard & Poor's

  • Overview of project finance in the European roads sector
  • The drivers of project finance credit quality
  • Selected case studies
  • Future challenges for the European roads sector
  • 15:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One


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