The cluster a frontrunner in conceptualising the green transport corridors

The Baltic Sea Region cluster for sustainable, multimodal and green transport corridors presents blueprints for greening the transport

 On 4 June 2013, in Brussels, the Baltic Sea Region cluster for sustainable, multimodal and green transport corridors organised a conference entitled: “Greening Transport – Blueprints from the Baltic Sea Region”.

Building on the success of an alliance of 8 transport-dedicated projects in the Baltic Sea Region, a fruitful discussion, attended by more than 100 participants, was held with representatives of the EU Commission and members of the European Parliament.

The focus of discussions was around the question of how the European transport policy can be effectively implemented through various programmes and how the regional and transport policies may complement each other.

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director of Trans-European networks and sustainable transport at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, referred to the challenge of building a Single European Transport Area with the aid of sustainable solutions. Here he acknowledged the expert input of the Baltic Sea Region projects that indeed may serve as a blueprint for other regions. He invited regions and projects to participate in the set-up of the core network corridors. According to the Commission’s roadmap necessary agreements with the European Parliament and the European Council will be achieved until the end of June. During the TEN-T Days on 17 and 18 October 2013 in Tallinn, the Commission will communicate ideas on setting up of TEN-T core network corridors. The preparation process for the corridor implementation plans is expected to be launched in early 2014.

Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit “Macro Regions and European Territorial Cooperation” at the Directorate General for Regional Policy and Urban Development, pinpointed the European Territorial Cooperation as a good instrument that needs to be used in an integrated way with strategic tools. He encouraged reflecting on strategic transnational cooperation issues in operational ERDF programmes. The new ERDF guidelines provide for this opportunity. The Baltic Sea Region is perfectly equipped for transnational cooperation with the framework provided by the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and serves, in his opinion, as a pilot region working on transport challenges and finding innovative solutions.

Katrin Schneider, the Brandenburg Infrastructure State Secretary, stressed: “It is to be underlined that this conference brings together representatives of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, Directorate General for Regional Policy and Urban Development, coordinators of the Baltic Sea Strategy and the regions. However, the aim must be to initiate an intensive cooperation for the coming years.”

The cluster presentation on the transport blueprints: BSR transport cluster – policy conference, Brussels, 4 June 2013

Picture snapshots from the conference (© Michael Chia):

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Post last edited by wiktor den 4 July 2013