The Egnatia Motorway Observatory is the only Greek Observatory of Transports with a permanent organization and operation.
The Egnatia Motorway is a Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) priority project. It represents a major investment in the transportation infrastructure of Northern Greece assisting the development of the region specifically and SE Europe in general. EGNATIA ODOS (eng. Motorway) S.A. established and operates the Egnatia Motorway Observatory in order to: a) support the integrated management of the motorway, b) contribute to the utilization of the project in the cohesion and development of Northern Greece and the greater area of SE Europe, and c) contribute to the harmonized assessment of impacts of Trans-European Transport Networks on the cohesion of the European area. The Egnatia Motorway Observatory based on documented scientific methods collects, processes, and provides valid and updated data concerning parameters such as: the mobility in and accessibility to regions, urban centres, markets, and services, the development level, the cohesion degree, the competitiveness, and the intraregional inequalities, the building development and the networking of urban centres, the properties of the transport system and the operation of the road network, and the quality of the environment. It is a Unit of EGNATIA ODOS A.E. under the Support Services Division and by creating the Observatory and incorporating it in the existing structure the maximum possible compatibility and complementarity with the other activities of the company is achieved.
Creating the Observatory and incorporating it in the existing structure of EGNATIA ODOS A.E. was at the minimum possible cost, as the existing human resources and equipment are utilized in a more rational and effective way.
Evidence of success
Through the Observatory, EGNATIA ODOS S.A. takes care of the assessment of spatial impacts of the Egnatia Motorway and vertical axes system in relation to the project implementation progress, i.e. in relation to “before” and “after”. In this way the impacts on the social and economic cohesion shall be determined, as well as on the territorial planning, the transport system, and the environment in Northern Greece.
Potential for learning or transfer
The Observatory is being developed:
• as a strategic tool providing information and support to policies and programmes of development planning, at the service not only of the EGNATIA ODOS A.E. but of all Regional and National Authorities and development agencies of the greater impact area of the motorway.
• to promote the cooperation and networking with similar organizations both at a national and international level, as well as with developmental agencies in the wider impact area of the motorway.
• continuous communication with citizens and stakeholders:
the results, reports, and generally the material produced by the Observatory is supplied to the public and interested agencies over the internet and through leaflets, events etc.