In 2013 - China's President has launched the "One Belt One Road" project, involving 60 countries in a transcontinental ,1 trillion $ funded project. OBOR embraces 70% of the world population, 55% of world GDP and 75% of the world's energy reserves! The aim is to launch the maritime and land routes connecting the Asian continent with Europe. At the operational level, a financial vehicle-the AIIB -the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was launched. For its communication with the EU, China created its own political platform CEEC 16+1 comprising of 11 EU member states and 5 Balkan states. This forum is now a driving force to expand and finance the Silk Road network into the EU. The connections between the new Silk Roads and the European TEN-T corridors will become a driving force for regional development.