The Contracting Authority is the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Directorate General for European Union and External Relations, Department for European Union Investments.
The main tasks and responsibilities of the Contracting Authority are to supervise and coordinate the overall progress and implementation of the operation components, verify the achievement of outputs and mandatory results and discuss actions to be taken, and regularly monitor the progress of the operation. Furthermore, participating in the Project Steering Committee and monitoring compliance with visibility requirements through monthly progress meetings are other key tasks of the contracting authority.
The European Union (EU) provides grant funds to countries in the process of preparing for EU membership through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) to support their political, institutional, social and economic reforms towards membership and to help them achieve Union standards. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Directorate General for EU and Foreign Relations, Department of EU Investments is responsible for the management of the part of IPA funds allocated to the transport sector and carries out its activities within the framework of a programme whose content and financing is approved by the European Commission.
This programme, called “Sectoral Operational Programme on Transport for Turkey” (SOPT), which explains how harmonisation with the EU will be ensured, which issues will be prioritised, how the budget will be allocated to these prioritised areas, which projects or what type of projects will be financed, what are the measurable results required to be considered successful and what will be done to ensure the promotion and visibility of the programme.
USOP has been working in partnership with the EU for almost twenty years, contributing to the establishment of a competitive, accessible and sustainable transport system in Turkey in line with EU standards. The projects realised under SOPT in various cities in Turkey aim to achieve the following objectives:
To increase the sustainability and safety of the national transport system,
Improving the efficiency of the transport system,
Promote a shift from individual transport to sustainable, accessible and inclusive forms of public transport at both national and urban levels,
To strengthen Turkey’s integration into the EU in the field of transport through the progressive alignment of the Turkish transport sector acquis with the EU transport acquis,
Supporting the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in the management of the Transport Sectoral Operational Programme to ensure the most efficient use of EU, national and international funding in Turkey’s transport sector.
The Kocaeli SUMP project is also a project implemented under the SOPT umbrella programme.
USOP supports sustainable urban transport plans covering various regions of Turkey to create more liveable and better quality cities. In this way, it supports reducing air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, improving public health and increasing road safety. For more information about USOP and other SOPT projects, please visit https://ipa.uab.gov.tr/ and follow their social media accounts.