Allies for the Scandinavian Adriatic Corridor at the Adriatic Sea
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern receives assistance from Northern Italy and Slovenia for their marketing activities for the transport corridor from Scandinavia via Berlin and Prague to the ports at the Adriatic Sea. The port alliance from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's government and the North Adriatic Port Asscociation (NAPA) agreed to cooperate regarding the topic of the Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor.
This was the result that transport minister Volker Schlotmann presented in Koper (Slovenia) on Friday at the end of a five day visit to the region. An agreement will be found on the Transport Logistic Exhibition in May in Munich. It is intended to sign a paper for a strategic partnership in August.
The NAPA is an association of the ports of Koper (Slovenia), Triest, Venice and Ravenna (Northern Italy). Their office is in Triest. Schlotmann says it is planned to have joint presentations at trade fairs and to coordinate corridor activities when approaching the European Union. Along the corridor live approximately 93 million people. All of them can benefit from the transport corridor. Today there are already 13 weekly goods trains from Rostock to Verona in Northern Italy. Many goods are also transported via the road connections.
Schlotmann praised the joint activities of the northern Adriatic ports and recommended it as a good example for the planned joint marketing activities of the ports of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. "Our participants realized, that the idea of ‘one state, one port, many piers' is a huge advantage", said the minister. A joint marketing for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's ports has been prepared for one and a half years now but still doesn't work very well. "The NAPA shows how it is done." Schlotmann announced that during the next weeks there will be preparations for a joint marketing concept for the ports in Northeast Germany.
Schlotmann visited Northern Italy and Slovenia for five days together with a delegation of 20 business representatives to talk about the Scandinavian Adriatic Corridor. A couple of those businesses used this opportunity to start cooperating with businesses of the region. At the political level it was agreed to exchange administration staff, to get to know the working methods of both sides.