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SAMCO Final Report 2006 F09 Report on Bridge Management

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THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE TRAFFIC GROWTH IN THE EU

As a result of the economic growth, mobility is expected to increase in the next years and for this reason the transport system represents a fundamental factor for the eco- nomic and social development of Europe, as it allows the quick, safe and easy ex- change of passengers and freight.

2.1 The new EU-member states

Fig. 1. The European countries with the 15 members (dark blue) and the countries applying for membership (light green).

The European Union has at present 15 members, but other countries are currently applying for membership in 2004 or later. This would most likely increase the amount of transport in central Europe and also change the directions.

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