Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor inspires the European Commission when aiming for a single European Transport Network

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director Trans-European Transport Networks & Smart Transport in DG MOVE complimented the Scandria Corridor Initiative as an expiring example, how transnational cooperation can strengthen the European transport network.

As keynote speaker he presented the Commission's proposal on the revision of TEN-T networks during the Hearing "Scandria Corridor - Green Transport and Growth from Scandinavia to the Adriatic Sea" in the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels on 22 November 2011. The event, organised by the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development, the Ministry of Transport Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg brought together more than 70 participants from the European Commission, the European Parliament, regions in the Scandria Corridor to discuss the perspectives of the Scandria Corridor as Green Corridor after TEN-T-revision.

In her welcome address Maria Krautzberger, Berlin State Secretary for Transport and Urban Development, accentuated the success of joint activities to develop the Scandria corridor as the shortest link between Scandinavia and the Adriatic which is expressed by the fact, that all major connections essential for the corridor are included in the TEN-T network proposal by the European Commission. Concerning the core network corridors, Berlin-Brandenburg would very much appreciate to see the link Berlin-Nuremberg included in the core network corridor#5 Helsinki-Valletta, since that section is included in the current TEN-T priority project # 1 Berlin-Palermo.

Dr. Walter Huber, initiator of the Green Corridor Brenner, reported of his experiences in developing a green corridor between Munich and Verona mentioning the Green Corridors attractive platforms for technology development and stakeholder involvement delivering a large contribution to the EU 2020 strategy by strengthening competitiveness whilst increasing sustainability.

During the following panel discussion Joachim Zeller, member of the European Parliament, Horst Sauer, Head of Unit in the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, Walter Huber, Green Corridor Brenner, Stefan Back, TransportGruppen Sweden, Per Homann Jespersen, Roskilde University and Wiktor Szydarowski came to the conclusion, that it is essential to have an open stakeholder dialogue, involving the policy, business and science sector. A number of common challenges was identified which call for further coordination amongst the initiatives, like common technology standards, the development of new technologies and public awareness raising. Werner Kuhn, member of the European Parliament, stressed the importance of economic viability of the Green Corridor Concept, as private stakeholders are a main addressee.

At the second panel the organizers could welcome Jean-Eric Paquet, director for Trans-European Transport Networks & Smart Transport and Pat Cox, former president of the European Parliament and European Coordinator of priority project # 1 Berlin-Palermo, that could give an insight into the recent revision of the TEN-T guidelines. In his keynote speech, Jean-Eric Paquet highlighted the challenge coming with the Commission's proposal, to create a multimodal, truly integrated transeuropean transport network until 2030 from a current patchwork of projects. The delivery of this network will involve a wide range of stakeholders beyond national ministries like port authorities, private transport operators, regional authorities and needs complementary financial sources to public funding. He acknowledged the Scandria Corridor Initiative as inspiring for the Commissions' work and encouraged the regions to further team up with actors from the national level and the private sector.

During the panel Discussion, Pat Cox, pointed to the successes already achieved by the Brenner Corridor Platform installed by his predecessor, Karel van Miert. The works for the "centrepiece of corridor no. 1", the Brenner Base Tunnel, started in April 2011. He stressed the three "C": Concentration, Coordination and Communication as indispensable for successful implementation of these complex infrastructure projects. Tailor made solutions were necessary and had to mobilize diverse administrations as well as funding. He concluded that Stuttgart 21 reminds that we need mechanisms for long-term ownership.

Panel with Joachim Zeller speaking   Auditory in the Bibliotheque Solvay

Tommy Halén, CEO of the port of Trelleborg and Dr. Gernot Tesch, Managing Director of Scandlines Deutschland GmbH highlighted the contribution done by private actors to a single European transport system with the ferry lines as indispensable factor today and in future. Both supported the viewpoint, that short sea shipping lines like Rostock-Trelleborg should be added to the core network. Dr. Tesch highlighted the excellent perspective of ferry transport in the Baltic Sea Region, the reason why Scandlines ordered two new ferry ships for the Rostock-Gedser Motorway of the Sea providing for resource-efficient transport and reduced CO2-emissions. But he also pointed towards the challenges posed by the SECA-regulation that will enter into force in 2015.

Dr. Reinhard Boest, Head of Information Office of the Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the European Union, revealed the satisfaction of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with the TEN-T network. The inclusion of Rostock port and adding the missing link Rostock-Berlin proof the importance of the first class infrastructure. He concluded that involving the private sector would be most important for future development of the Scandria Corridor.

Further in the discussion, Gian-Angelo Bellati, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Veneto Region, underlined the importance of North-South cooperation in the Scandria Corridor from the standpoint of North-Italian industry perspective.

State Secretary Maria Krautzberger closed the Hearing, concluding that the corridor stakeholders have high ambitions. The Brenner Corridor may act as encouraging best practice. It will need cooperation, coordination and continuity to develop the Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor. Berlin-Brandenburg is willing to promote actively the corridor development. A major milestone will be the delivery of a joint action programm, defining targets and measures to be achieved jointly by the Scandria partners. It shall be presented in June 2012 during the Final Scandria Project Conference.