Cooperating partners

Austrian Road Safety Board (KfV)

Austrian Road Safety Board -is a private non-profit association which has been providing safety services and research since 1959. The independent organisation is active in different areas like Transport & Mobility, Home, Leisure & Sports. The company KFV Sicherheit-Service GmbH (ARSB Safety Service, Ltd.) is a 100-percent subsidiary of KFV which offers an extensive set of safety services to private and public customers. KfV is working towards a single goal: more safety for people in Austria. It has close contacts with many ministries where the research results and advice help create a basis for decisions by policy-makers. The aim of KfV is to become one of the leading organisations in the EU by developing high quality safety measures. The main departments are Research and Knowledge management, Laws and Standards as well as Consultancy of Prevention.

Austrian Road Safety Council (Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit - KfV)

The road safety council has its headquarter in Vienna and was established in 1959; its main profile is safety technology. They are conducting research, developing and providing services all around Austria in order to prevent accidents on the road, at the workplace or at home. The aim of KfV is to become one of leading organisation in the EU by developing high level safety measures.

Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCR)

The aim of the organization is to facilitate development of shipping on the river Rhine by implementing government initiatives of the member states. Actually, Rhine is the most important inland waterway in Europe with transporting 300 million tons of goods per year, three times more than on the Danube. The aim of the organization is to ensure safety of navigation and protection of environment through regulations. It is an important objective to unify the Rhine system, eliminate obstacles against freedom of navigation and to sustain on a proper level the conditions of navigable channels.

Comité international des transport ferroviaires (CIT)

The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association of some 200 railway undertakings and shipping companies which provide international passenger and/or freight services. 

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

CER is a leading European railway organisation established in 1988 with 12 members and now it brings together 80 railway undertakings and infrastructure companies. The organisation is based in Brussels. CER's main focus is to promote a strong rail industry that is essential to the creation of a sustainable transport system as well as of an environmentally sound and efficient transportation.

Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement (CORTE)

NTA is member of the Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement since 2005. Our participation in the EU project (MIDT) lead by the organisation has significantly contributed to the successful introduction of the digital tachograph system in Hungary. Nowadays, besides the expertise related strictly to the road transport, the organisation has an active role in the field of road transport safety and security through EU financed projects and initiatives as well as by providing a platform for discussions. 

Danube Commission

The Danube Commission is an intergovernmental organisation set up by the Convention signed in Belgrade on 18 August 1948. The Belgrade Convention regulates the legal status of the Danube. The Danube Commission has 11 permanent members (Austria, Belgrade, Hungary, Germany, Moldavia, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Croatia). The official languages are German, Russian and French. Since 1954 its seat is at Budapest. The main decision making body of the commission is the assembly; the commission is assisted by a secretariat. The main objective of the Danube commission is to establish and develop free navigation on the Danube. Further aim is to enhance navigation conditions and safety by creating mutual recognition of the basic regulatory documents.

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

DSA is an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) with its headquarter in Nottingham and it carries out its activity all over Great Britain. The organisation promotes improving road safety and is responsible for education and training, for setting standards for approved driving inspectors as well as for supervision of theory and practical driving and riding tests.

Driving Standard Agency (DSA)

DSA is an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) with its headquarter in Nottingham and it carries out its activity all over Great Britain. The organisation promotes improving road safety and is responsible for education and training, for setting standards for approved driving inspectors as well as for supervision of theory and practical driving and riding tests.


The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is a European regional augmentation system of GPS signals, a precursor to GALILEO. EGNOS is Europe's first activity in the field of satellite navigation system making possible the implementation of GPS in such critical applications as flying aircraft or navigating ships through narrow channels. EGNOS consists of three geostationary satellites orbiting over Europe and a network of ground stations. The system is GPS-based; therefore EGNOS signal does not require considerable modification of receivers. Majority of GPS being on the market is EGNOS-enabled. This service provides accurate and reliable data for GPS and makes it possible to use more precise positioning data in order to improve the existing systems or develop new applications. The aim of the project is to correct the quality of signals given by the American GPS and Russian GLONASS systems and to ensure their reliability on an extended geographical area. EGNOS augments accuracy of GPS signals in such a way, that position can be determined within three meters. Furthermore it transmits periodic signals in case data shall not be used for navigation. The major importance of EGNOS lies in the fact that it is more reliable than any other system which factor is especially crucial for safety critical applications such as flying aircraft or navigating ships where lives may become in danger in case bad positioning signals.

Euro Contrôle Route (ECR)

NTA is a full member of Euro Controle Route since 2007. The cooperation is based on signing of an Administrative Arrangement by the competent European transport ministers and ECR presently counts 14 members. Its main aim is the protection of fair competition, the social conditions of drivers and road safety by improving the quality of roadside inspections onto a new level. The organisation strives to cover and develop the whole range of roadside inspections via regular exchange of experiences and information.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

European Aviation Safety Agency is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. Its mission is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation.
Major part of the operational tasks relating to aviation – such as type-certification of certain aircrafts or pilot licensing – are still dealt by the national authorities; the Agency elaborates the European common safety and environmental legislation. It monitors the implementation of standards through inspections in the member states and provides the necessary expertise, training and outcome of research thereto.   

European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)

ECAC was founded as an intergovernmental organization in 1955 and by its member states nowadays nearly whole Europe is covered. Currently the organization has 44 member states. ECAC's mission is promotion of the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. It seeks to harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States. The headquarter of the organization is in Paris. ECAC meets once in every three years (plenary session), or more often in case it is needed. DGCAs (Director General for Civil Aviation) meet at regular intervals, usually three times each year to discuss policy issues. Meetings on the level of ministers are justified in case an issue needs a pan-European decision on high political level.

European Martime Safety Agency (EMSA)

Maritime shipping is of fundamental importance for Europe and for the whole world. Nothing proves it better than 90 % of EU foreign trade is transported by sea and more than 2.7 billion tonnes of goods per year are handled in the ports of the EU. Shipping is the most important mode of transporting goods and will remain in the future as well. EMSA was set up in 2002 after the accidents of oil tankers ERIKA and Prestige. The aim of establishing the agency was to create the technical and scientific basis for the European Commission and for the member states in order to ensure safe and clean transport of passengers and goods. The core target of the agency is to strengthen cooperation between member states in most important areas.

European Organization for the Safety of Air Transport (EUROCONTROL)

Eurocontrol was established on the recommendation of NATO by the agreement on the cooperation on the safety of air transport in 1961. Upon the request of ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference), Eurocontrol has elaborated since 1990 various programmes in line with the spirit of the cooperation necessary to improve the safety of European air transport. The main objective was the creation of an integrated air traffic management system. Currently the organization has 38 members.

European Railway Agency (ERA)

One of the main priorities of the EU is to construct a safe, modern and integrated railway network capable to make railway transport more competitive. The European Railway Agency has been set up to create an integrated railway area by reinforcing safety and interoperability. The Agency also acts as the system authority of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERMTS) project in order to create unique signalling standards throughout Europe.

European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL)

TISPOL is the organization of European traffic road police forces. Similarly to ECR, its aim is to improve road safety and prevent accidents through projects and actions carried out at the roads. In recent years ECR and TISPOL have closely worked together in several areas.

European Union Road Federation (ERF)

European Union Road Federation is a non-profit association which coordinates the views of Europe's road sector and acts as a platform for dialogue and research on mobility issues. The organisation, among others deals with mobility by keeping in mind the fact that nowdays roads continue to play a dominant role in the transport of passengers and goods. The dominance of road transport within the transport sector indicates its importance and the need for its ongoing coordination and development.


GALILEO is a joint project of the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA) with the aim to set up the first worldwide satellite navigation and positioning system designed expressly for civil purposes. The system is fully independent from the existing or being put into service in the future systems. GALILEO is the biggest ever industrial project started at European level, the first public infrastructure owned by European institutions. The thirty satellites on three orbital planes have been designed to optimally cover the whole Earth, which is not possible by the constellation of the current GPS and GLONASS systems. Thus, GALILEO will provide new, worldwide service of extremely precise positioning by time and space covering the whole Earth. While GPS guaranty accuracy within 5-10 meters, all services provided by GALILEO will have accuracy under two meters and in commercial services under one meter. GALILEIO will not only compete with the American GPS but will supplement it as well. European decision makers are waiting from the new system more and more independence in the sphere of satellite navigation becoming more and more widespread. Strategic importance of setting up the GALILEO is proved by the fact, that in the sphere of navigation applications, especially in telecommunication and in transport they are developing very fast. The currently available GNSS systems, the American GPS and the Russian GLONASS are used preferably for military purposes and not for the civil society and thus services may be suspended any time. Therefore it became important to have an own system in Europe which ensures for the member states and for civil society access to GNSS services under own control.

German Association of Transport Psychologists (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verkehrspsychologie)

The German Transport Psychologists Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verkehrspsychologie) has been founded in 1999 in Cologne. They have decided in 2010 to establish an international working group with the aim of giving more room to the transport psychology in the interest of improving transport safety. The working group includes transport psychologists of EU members states in order to share their latest research and development results, practical methods and to convince the EU politicians to make use of the transport psychology's results in the interest of transport safety in drafting laws and decrees.


The National Transport Authority, as a railvay administration body participates in IRG-Rail comprising independent regulatory bodies of the European Economic Area. The aim of the organisation is to promote a consistent application of the European regulatory framework, to harmonise the activities of the authorities and represent their common interest in order to the enhance effectiveness of railway market regulation.

Inland navigation

Inland navigation has a considerable role in the European goods transport. More than 37.000 kms of inland waterways connect hundreds of cities and industrial regions. 20 countries of 27 member states of the European Union have inland waterways and 12 of them has interconnected waterways network.  In comparison to other modes of transport inland navigation is more reliable and less polluting the environment. The aim of the European Commission is to facilitate and strengthen competitiveness of inland navigation within the transport sector and to ease its integration into the intermodal logistics chain. The development of inland navigation is among the main objectives of the transport policy of the European Union in order to offer a likely alternative to the road (rail) transport. Perhaps the most important argument in support of inland navigation is that it is more environment friendly in comparison with the later ones and external costs are at the lowest level in comparison with all modes of transport. (According to studies, the total external cost of inland navigation is 7 times lower, than those of road transport). It is not the last criterion while talking about inland navigation that it offers high level of security in transport of dangerous goods.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The organization was established in Chicago on 7 December 1944 by signing the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). The organization has its seat in Montreal and currently has 190 members. The objective of ICAO is to ensure safe and continuous progress of civil aviation as well as to promote the development of airports and aeronautical equipments taking into account the needs for safe, economic and efficient air transport. Hungary is a member of the organization since 1969.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization is one of the United Nations specialized agencies. It is responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. The organisation is based in London.  In 1948 an international conference in Geneva adopted a convention formally establishing IMO which entered into force in 1958 and the new organization had its meeting for the first time the following year.  Its original name was the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO), but the name was changed in 1982 to IMO. Improving safety at sea is an important task. After the Titanic disaster of 1912 SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) was elaborated in 1914 addressing several requirements in order to ensure maritime safety. IMO's first task was to adopt a new version of SOLAS, the most important of all treaties dealing with maritime safety. Although safety was and remains IMO's most important responsibility, reduction of environmental pollution means a considerable challenge aswell.

International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee - CITA

CITA is non-profit organisation having its HQ in Brussels. At the core of its activity are the technical compliance of vehicles, the periodical technical examination and the roadside technical inspection with particular emphasis on road safety and environmental protection. Its work focuses on sharing the best practices in examination methods based on the experiences of its members.
It cooperates with the European Commission, on the request of which it prepares studies and participates in drafting regulations in the field of motor vehicle inspection.
On behalf of Hungary, NTA, as a full member, takes part in the work of CITA. Our representative, as technical advisor, assists the working group dealing with „continuous compliance". 

International Road Federation (IRF)

The International Road Federation (IRF) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1948 with the mission to encourage and promote development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks. It supports the initiatives that promote environmentally sound and sustainable road transport networks. Through the International Road Educational Foundation the IRF awards grants to graduate engineers and other transportation professionals from around the world in support of full-time academic training. With this the IRF actively supports the future generations who will build the road networks.

International Union of Railways (UIC)

UIC is the worldwide international organisation of the railway sector with 197 members across 5 continents. The main objective of the organisation is to meet the challenges of rail transport, mobility and sustainable development. One of its aims is to facilitate sharing of best practice among the members, promote interoperability and facilitate creating new standards.

Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAA TO)

JAA, the predecessor of the organisation was established in 1979 with the participation of 19 ECAC member states. The "JAA Arrangements" document was signed by the representatives of the member sates in Cyprus on 11 September 1990. Original aim of the organization was the harmonisation of common rules relating to air transport.
With the set up EASA, the rulemaking and harmonisation tasks have been transferred from the JAA to EASA. As a result of it, the DGCAs of the associated member states of JAA made a decision on 19 March 2008 that by ceasing JAA's original tasks, JAA was transformed into JAA Training Office which provides special trainings necessary in the field of aviation.

MarGal Project

Belonging to the 6th framework project of the European Union, MarGal (2004-2006) is the winner of the first call for Proposals of the Brussels based Galileo Joint Undertaking (a joint project of the European Union and the European Space Agency). It means introduction of Galileo applications using EGNOS for Inland Waterways and Ports. Its main aim to provide seamless, harmonized end-to-end service. The consortium, consisting of nine partners is coordinated by the Norwegian Kongsberg Seatex AS. Along with the partners from Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Austrian, Slovak and Croatian partners, Hungary is represented by the National Radio Emergency Communication and Information Society (RSOE) in this research and development project. In the centre of the project there are practical demonstration and test run of satellite navigation applications. The prototype demonstration for inland waterways application took place in Budapest and for port application in Great Britain.

Marco Polo Project

New roads on the green horizon

Increasing speed and efficiency of transport as a strategic sector facilitates growth of Europe's economy. However transforming the transport system became a pressing problem from several points of view.  Congestion of roads, traffic jams and growing pollution made obvious the need in making changes in the system. The aim of the Marco Polo project is to reduce road transport and facilitate expansion of transport on inland waterways. This problem is a main element in the transport policy of the European Union expressed in the White Paper (Time to decide). Naturally, transport by vessels, inland waterways has its limits.  The disadvantage of railways, inland waterways and sea is that they are unable to offer door-to-door service. However external costs generated by road transport shall be taken into account as well. Damage of the environment means high costs on a long term basis. Therefore Marco Polo was initiated having 450 Million EUR in its budget in the period of 2007-2013. Co-financing by the Marco Polo project is granted to those companies which transfer freight from road to rail or short-sea shipping routes or inland waterways.  These possibilities given by nature shall be used as faster and environmentally more friendly modes of transport will be remunerative in a long term basis.

RailNetEurope (RNE)

RailNetEurope comprises 37 rail infrastructure managers and allocation bodies with the aim to harmonise conditions and procedures of access to the railway network in order to enhancing the competitiveness of the international rail transport.

The International Commission for Driver Testing (CIECA)

The non-profit international organization established in 1956 with a headquarter in Brussels comprises driver testing authorities and non-profit civil organisations performing driver testing supervised by those authorities. CIECA has 50 members in 40 countries worldwide (there might be several member organisations from one country). The highest decision making body within CIECA is the General Assembly which is convened once a year. The executive body is the Permanent Buro, which has the full power to manage the organisation and has its meetings at least four times a year. CIECA is the main advisory body and project partner of the European Commission in the field of driver testing and the related road transport safety issues. The predecessor of NTA applied for CIECA membership in 1980 and it was accepted by the General Assembly at Amsterdam in 1981.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB)

The aim of the organisation is to develop transportation and promote innovation through research activity. It helps the implementation of transport projects by providing expertise and through research. It publishes research from around the world. The research information is published and widely available thereby promoting their implementation.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The organisation was set up in 1947 by UN Economic and Social Council with the aim to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE sets out norms, standards and conventions to facilitate cooperation between different regions. The sphere of activity and experience of the organisation includes trade and forwarding as well.

Trans-European Networks

The principle of Trans-European Networks was adopted by the Summit held in 1989 in Strasbourg. Properly connected networks are important elements of economic growth. Trans-European Networks comprise three areas of infrastructure. Besides transport (TEN-T) energy (TEN-E) and telecommunication (eTEN) are covered. Among main priorities of TEN are reducing regional disparities and increasing interoperability. The main source of financing the projects is the community's budget, the Structural and the Cohesion Fund.  TEN-T projects are financed partly from these sources plus by budgets of the member states concerned and involvement of private capital is possible as well. The EU supports 30 special investments. Hungary is interested in a high-speed rail, a motorway, an inland waterway section and a railway development. The TEN-T project is of top priority in the construction of public transport network. Development of the transport infrastructure is essential in free movement of persons and goods. The aim of TEN is to facilitate economic growth by coordinating transport, energy and telecommunication networks. Trans-European Transport network includes road transport, railways, air transport and shipping and thus is an initiative comprising the whole transport sector. The EU 27 comprises 5.000.000 km of paved roads, out of which 65.100 km are motorways, 212.80 km of rail lines, out of which 110.458 km electrified, and 42.709 km of navigable inland waterways.

Type-Approval Authorities Expert Group

The group has been established with the support of the European Commission relating to automotive sector in order to enable the Commission to directly inform the experts of the authorities involved in type approvals and to obtain feedback on the application of the relevant EU legislation. Members of the group are the experts of the competent authorities and usually meet twice a year in Brussels.

Type-Approval Authorities Meeting

The European type-approval authorities hold regular meetings, in general twice a year, at each occasion one of the member is the host and organizer of the meeting by providing a venue. The aim of the meeting is to have a common approach relating to the procedural and technical issues arising during the application of the EU legislation. The meeting has a special importance due to helping the exchange of experience and building personal contacts, thus the quicker flow of information. 

World Road Association (PIARC)

PIARC is a non-political, non-profit international association dealing with roads and road transport. In 1970 it was granted a consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The organisation is a leading international form that,through analysis and discussion of transport issues, identifies and disseminates best practice and gives better access to international information.