Metropolitan Futures Conference in review
Podium during the "Day of the Corridor"
From 15th to 17th of September, the Joint State Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg hosted the Metropolitan Futures Conference in Berlin which brought together representatives from the EU project Scandria, the Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor for Innovation and Growth, and METREX, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas. In total, the hosts welcomed about 450 participants from all over Europe, especially from the countries covered by the Scandria corridor.
In his keynote on Thursday, European Coordinatior of Priority Project 1 and former MEP, Pat Cox, argued that the extension of Corridor No. 1 up to Rostock as realized within the Scandria Corridor created synergies to recent priority projects.
In another speech, Paolo Costa, president of the Venice Port Authority since 2008, outlined the importance of the Adriatic Sea as a major gateway for goods transport from Asia and the relevance of intensive cooperation among the ports, such as advanced by the North Adriatic Port Association. He also emphasized the challenge of crossing the Alps and mentioned in that regard the necessity of Priority Project 1 as well as the Scandria project.
Pat Cox and Paolo Costa (f.l.t.r.)
In regard to the natural blockade of the Alps, Austrian professor Konrad Bergmeister, Austrian CEO of Brenner Basic Tunnel Company (BBT SE), depicted the multitude of issues connected with the work on the tunnels. He also highlighted the importance of a well devised communication campaign in order to facilitate the coordination among the involved states and scientific disciplines as well as to assure that the interests and fears of the people affected by such a large-scale construction project are not being ignored.
Speakers like Ole Damsgaard from Nordregio, Jerker Sjögren from the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications and Mario Lembke from the port of Rostock highlighted the positive effects of cooperation in transport infrastructure projects for regional development and greening transport.
As a conclusion of the Corridor Day, Kathrin Schneider, head of Joint State Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg presented the final draft of the common "Berlin Declaration" of the Scandria project. In their statements to the Declaration, the partners from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Zealand, Roskilde University, the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, the Chamber of Commerce Berlin and the German Association underscored their intentions intensify their cooperation in order to achieve more innovation and sustainable growth as well as to improve the performance of the Scandria transport corridor.
The "Berlin Declaration" is a milestone document as it steadies the will of the Scandria project partners to contribute actively to the improvement of the connection between Scandinavia and the Adriatic Sea via Berlin. That should include the initiation of new projects in transport and economics as well as the further improvement of effective and environmental friendly co-modal transport with the purpose of greening the Scandria Corridor. As such, the "Berlin Declaration" is in line with relevant EU strategies, such as the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU 2020 Strategy.
Aside from the strategic alignment, the Berlin
Conference was also used for thematic coordination. Several of the project
partners presented preliminary results from their research projects and
discussed innovative solutions to current and future challenges in corridor
development with special regard to the establishment of a green transport
corridor. In a special intern working day, the different representatives of
Work Package 3 through 5 met in specific working groups in order to discuss
present successes and future challenges.
Day of the Corridor - Speaker Contributions
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