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Break up the silos – Connecting regions to the TEN-T corridors


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The 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region took place in Berlin 13-14 June. The theme of the Forum was connectivity. The Forum highlighted the necessity to intensify contacts throughout the BSR including its neighbouring regions and to develop a better awareness of each other’s perspectives. The EUSBSR Priority Area Transport and Horizontal Action Spatial Planning coordinators together with the three transport flagship projects contributed to the connectivity theme by a joint session on “Regional cooperation to connect regions to the TEN-T corridors”.

The transport flagships’ session addressed the benefits of the TEN-T Core Network Corridor implementation in the BSR in terms of connectivity by three key themes:

  • NSB CoRe:  Spatial vision on corridor development as a unifying element of stakeholder cooperation
  • Scandria2Act: Urban nodes as interfaces of the CNC and engines for regional growth and innovation
  • TENTacle: Multi-level governance for CNCs in order to involve the relevant players and maintain constructive dialogue

– The NSB CoRe project is undertaking an ambitious perspective to combine spatial planning and transport planning towards a transnational vision, Ms Malla Paajanen lead partner representative at the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, explained.

The moderator of session, Ms Silke Brocks from the European Commission, summed up the fruitful discussions on the themes by stating that the TEN-T CNCs in the BSR have great growth potentials around them, but the full realization still requires more co-operative and integrated approaches where the transport flagship projects do very valuable work.

– The silos between the different levels of actors need to be broken up and actions and funding possibilities need to be better coordinated and streamlined, said Bocks.

“Transport as a Driver for innovation and Regional Growth in the Baltic Sea Region” was the title of the closing plenary session of the Forum. Mr Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, as one of the panelists highlighted the importance of multi-level governance in last mile connections, e.g. city ports.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Malla Paajanen, Chief Adviser, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council,
tel. +358 50 366 7391

Picture | Susanne Strobel: Three Flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region shared their best practices at a panel discussion in Berlin.


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