BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 24. The EU shares growing interested in closer cooperation over the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) with Kazakhstan, Maciej Adam Madalinski, Head of Political, Press and Information Section at the EU Delegation in Kazakhstan told Trend.
According to Madalinski, the TITR, or so-called Middle Corridor, is a multilateral institutional development linking China’s rail freight transport networks and the EU through Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkiye, and Eastern Europe.
“Attention is now focused on the Middle Corridor, across the Caspian and the Black Sea. By transiting through Kazakhstan and further down the Middle corridor, Chinese goods reach the EU market in almost half the time they would take through maritime trade routes. For many years, Kazakhstan was seen as “the buckle” of the Belt and Road initiative promoted by China,” he said.
In terms of boosting cooperation with Kazakhstan, the EU focuses on the area of sustainable connectivity, in particular modern, reliable, clean and efficient railway and railway passenger transportation, the development of the Middle Corridor, is especially important in the current geopolitical situation, as well as the rapid development of the civil aviation, and modern and reliable digital networks.