Subseries AC/15 - Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport

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Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport


  • 1952 - 2010 (Creation)

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The AC/15 chronological series contains the records of the Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport (PBEIST). The PBEIST was established by the North Atlantic Council (Council) on 2 September 1952 (see C-R(52)14). The initial terms of reference from 9/8/1952 were revised on 4/8/1966 (C-M(66)66). The PBEIST was one of the Civil Emergency Planning (CEP) planning boards and committees, whose aim was to ensure the survival of populations in the event of an attack, the support of military operations, the protection and utilization of vital resources, and the early recovery and rehabilitation of the countries (see AC/12-D/357).In this framework, the PBEIST was responsible for drawing up plans and making policy recommendations for guaranteeing optimal wartime utilization of all inland civil and military transport in Europe (excluding air transport). The port studies were done in conjunction with the Planning Board for Ocean Shipping (PBOS) (see, for example, the terms of reference of the PBOS/PBEIST Joint Working Group created in 1989, AC/15-D/462). The PBEIST met twice a year. It carried out a biennial programme of work approved by the Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (SCEPC) and produced activity reports plus other intermediate reports as required (see C-M(95)61).It was chaired by a chairman who was appointed for a 3-year term. The chairmanship was preferably rotational and renewable for one-year terms (see AC/98-D/161). The staff officer for inland surface transport in the CEP Directorate attended the meetings. The NATO Military Authorities and interested Member nations appointed a representative to it (see C-M(52)45).Under its terms of reference, the PBEIST could recommend the creation or dissolution of bodies to support it for specific tasks to the SCEPC. Hence, the PBEIST created a Steering Committee (AC/15(SG)) in charge of preparing the work of the PBEIST and coordinate the tasks assigned to all bodies placed under the supervision of the PBEIST, namely : The three Regional Permanent Sub-Committees Northern Europe (AC/15(NE)), Southern Europe (AC/15(SE)) and Central Europe (AC/15(CE)) ; the Permanent Railroad Transport Sub-Committee (AC/15(RRT)), the three Permanent Sub-Committees on Railway Transport (AC/15(RRT)), Road Transport (AC/15(RT)), Ports and Beaches and Inland Waterways Transport (AC/15(PB-IWT)), and Inter Modal Ad Hoc Group on the Handling of Containers (AC/15(SC)) (see C-M(89)82). On 8/6/2010, the PBOS and the PBEIST merged into the Transport Group (AC/329). This marked the end of the PBEIST (see PO(2010)0074-REV2).

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Documents in the AC/15 chronological series report on the work of the PBEIST on the one hand, its relations with its subordinate sub-committees and with the SCEPC on the other hand. These include administrative and technical documents.

The work of the PBEIST dealt mainly with PBEIST programmes of work and annual activity reports to the SCEPC, programmes of work and activity reports or memoranda of PBEIST sub-committees, (excerpts of) SCEPC and PBEIST meeting records, (draft) terms of reference of PBEIST sub-committees, and studies on the relations between the PBEIST and the other CEP committees.

From a technical point of view, it is mainly questionnaires received or sent out by the PBEIST and replies thereto, reports and recommendations to the countries about the organization of their peacetime and wartime inland transport, standardization, terminology, and inventories of multilateral transport agreements.

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The documents are arranged by type - Document (D), Decision Sheet (DS), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R) and Working Paper (WP).

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The records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.

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1952 - 2010 : AC/15 = Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport (PBEIST)

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