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RBGC - RBGC Final Conference: Rail Baltic Corridor – Partnership for Growth

RAIL BALTIC MOVING AHEAD WITH STRONG SUPPORT

After three years of transnational cooperation in the Rail Baltica Growth Corridor (RBGC) project the RBGC final conference Rail Baltic Corridor - Partnership for Growth summed up the results and recommendations to establish the railway link from the Baltic countries to the continental Europe.

Opened by Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Urban Development and the Environment Mr. Michael Müller, the event culminated in the declaration of the Rail Baltica Growth Strategy and a joint declaration by the RBGC partnership - Rail Baltica Memorandum. The Baltic cities and regions declared their support to the European Commission's plan to design a management structure for the core network corridors to strengthen the multilevel governance of the road and rail infrastructure development and its effective coordination.

The RBGC partnership also committed itself to the further transnational co-operation to create an effective governance structure for the cities, regions and non-governmental stakeholders along Rail Baltic to support the work of the core corridor forum. The Rail Baltica Growth Strategy also presents the cross-border development zones as the subsections of Rail Baltic corridor.

DG Move Senior Advisor Mr. James Pond emphasized the need to connect the Eastern Baltic Sea Region to the central Europe with a modern European standard railway connection. He underlined the urgency to gain the political will in these countries to support the project to be funded by the EU up to 85%.

"This is not a zero sum game, it is a win-win operation. The structure is now written, the money is signed off, and we are ready to start getting forward with the design and building of this line", said Mr. Pond.

Mr. Miiko Peris, Project Manager of Rail Baltic from the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication presented the latest updates on the Rail Baltic Joint Venture which will be established to carry out the implementation of the new 1435 mm European gauge railway. As a future owner and developer of the project, Rail Baltic Joint Venture will be responsible for designing the railway in line with the business logic as well as for the efficient use of the EU funding.

"We see that the establishment of such a company would reflect the consensus between the Member States concerned on the final implementation of the project. That would send a clear message that the countries have decided to make Rail Baltic a reality", stated Mr. Peris.

Rail Baltic Express - RBX

The final conference was followed by Rail Baltic Express (RBX), a joint train ride for conference participants from Berlin to Kaunas. On RBX the representatives of the national railway companies and other railway sector experts and stakeholders discussed particularly the development of cross-border passenger and cargo transportation, infrastructure investments along the corridor, and further collaboration perspectives.

Over 150 participants attended the Rail Baltic Corridor - Partnership for Growth conference, and the number of conference passengers on RBX was 100. The RBGC project has been led by the City of Helsinki and coordinated by the Aalto University, Finland

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Project acronym: RBGC

Project title: Rail Baltica Growth Corridor

Application call: 3

Priority: 2. Internal and external accessibility

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Lead Partner:

City of Helsinki
Pohjoisesplanadi 15-17
FI-00170 HELSINKI
FI
Ms. Anna Lehtovaara
E-mail: anna.lehtovaara@hel.fi
Phone: +358 9 31036174
Fax: +358 9 310 25029

Project Manager:

Aalto University
Lapuankatu 2
FI-00100 HELSINKI
FI
Mr. Jari Handelberg
E-mail: jari.handelberg@aalto.fi
Phone: +358 50 438 5736
Fax:


Information Manager:

City of Helsinki
Pohjoisesplanadi 15-17
FI-00170 HELSINKI
FI
Mr. Sakari Saarinen
E-mail: sakari.saarinen@uudenmaanliitto.fi
Phone: +358 40 637 5934
Fax:



Summary description of the project:

The RBGC is led by the City of Helsinki and coordinated by the Aalto University Small Business Center. The project has in total of 21 partners from 6 BSR countries. Target groups of the RBGC are City and regional authorities, Transport service providers, Logistics centers, Intermodal terminals, Public transport authorities, Universities and other research centers.

RBGC's partner composition is based on the wide range of different organizations involved with the realization of the connection and high knowledge, to provide for the project best possibilities to success. RBGC participates actively in transnational cooperation between transport projects and maintains close communication with DG MOVE in the field of transport policy and Priority Area 11's coordinators of EUSBSR.

The RBGC project promotes transport policies for the development of multimodal logistics and modern railway infrastructure in Eastern BSR.

The main focus is set on improving passenger mobility & freight transportation along Rail Baltica (RB) route. Further, the project is organizing multilevel dialogue about transport policies in BSR countries.

RBGC aims to improve the competitiveness and accessibility of BSR cities and regions by increasing their interaction and collaboration. RBGC creates a cooperation platform that observes the needs of transport sector and its customers in line with green growth corridor principles.

The RBGC consists of 7 activities (Work Packages). In addition to the administrative (WP1) and communicative (WP2) activities, the empirical research is provided by gathering data on public (WP3) and private sector (WP4) stakeholders and decision-makers in the field of transport and regional development of the project region.

These research outcomes are applied in the implementation of the two pilots: Connectivity Pilot (WP5) for passenger transport and Logistics Pilot (WP6) for freight transport.

The Connectivity Pilot works towards a geographical enlargement of a door-to-door multimodal travel planner, EU-Spirit, by introducing new countries and new data into the system. The Logistics Pilot creates a chain of logistics centers along the Rail Baltic corridor. The criteria of interoperability and multimodality are been investigated and prioritized in order to identify a chain of service points in which the clients can reach services of standardized quality.

The knowledge gained from the project actions is used to create the Rail Baltica Growth Strategy — the policy making instrument (in WP7) that contributes to the economic growth of the Eastern BSR.

RBGC is linked to the TEN-T Core Network Corridor North Sea - Baltic. The Corridor will connect the Eastern BSR branching from Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and Warsaw to Berlin and to North Sea coast. The BSR gains new economic potential as the major business hubs will be connected with N-W Russia and the EU core.


Achievements of the project so far:

The RBGC officially begun with a kick-off organized in Helsinki on 9.6.2011, with a high-level representation from European Commission, Ministries, railway companies, national and local authorities, research institutions and other organizations.

Within the research Work Packages (WP) of the project, public sectors’ viewpoints towards Rail Baltica (RB) alignment, potential and need of the RB, overall attitude towards the RB, the decision-making processes in case countries and private sector perspectives towards the development of a transport network in the Baltic Sea Region have been examined, evaluated and researched.

Public and private sector researches both form an empirical basis for the RBGC project, which strives to improve the conditions for a multimodal transport network in the BSR. The two studies carried out in the RBGC on decision-making processes in public and private sectors both form a pioneering summary about the communication and power relations concerning RB in each

country.

The knowledge provided by the research WPs served the development the transnational Travel Information Network (TIN), which is an online travel planning service based on the EU-Spirit network. In addition, the RBGC has released the Mobility Guide, which provides cartographical and practical information for using public transport in the Eastern BSR. Also, a demo server with information on long-distance connections to the St. Petersburg region has been set up. Stakeholder and networking analyses of the research WPs have been applied also when creating a stakeholder-partnership model in the context of logistics centers and also to improve centres’ interoperability.

In policy-making, the information about decision-making structures have supported a series of Interregional and Transnational roundtables organized during the project lifetime, which have been working towards a joint transport strategy for RB. Visibility for the project has been acquired by participating in many

events, such as TransBaltic meetings, BDF Summits and TEN-T events. In addition, the RBGC conference, “Towards corridor platforms – Case Rail Baltic”, was organized at the European Parliament (4/2013).

RBGC's sister project RBGC Russia was born. It extends the activities of the RBGC beyond the EU borders and seeks to involve North-West Russia in the political dialogue about RB. In addition, RBGC’s core partners received the EUSBSR Seed Money funding for the Rail Baltic Branding project (RBB). It is a spin-off project of the RBGC and it produces further project application strategies for branding perspectives.

RBGC Final event was organized in Berlin, 13.-14.6.2013. The event consisted of a conference and a Rail Baltic Express train ride (Berlin-Warsaw-Kaunas). The final publication of the project, “the Rail Baltica Growth Strategy”, was introduced during the event. It is the key statement of the project and it summarizes the work that has been done within the RBGC.



Project Duration: Jun 2010 - Sep 2013
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 3.587.090,00
ERDF co-financing: 2.836.000,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

City of Helsinki
FI-00170 HELSINKI | FINLAND
Pohjoisesplanadi 15-17
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Mr. Olli Keinänen
Phone: +358 9 31036174
E-mail: olli.keinanen@hel.fi
Web: http://www.hel.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:467.143,00
ERDF co-financing:350.357,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Aalto University Foundation
FI-00076 Aalto | FINLAND
PO BOX 11000
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Ms. Malla Paajanen
Phone: +358 50 3667391
E-mail: malla.paajanen@hse.fi
Web: www.aaltoyliopisto.info / www.hse.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:358.031,00
ERDF co-financing:268.523,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Kouvola Unit
FI-45100 Lappeenranta | FINLAND
Prikaatintie 9
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Mr. Olli-Pekka Hilmola
Phone: +358 5 353 0226
E-mail: olli-pekka.hilmola@lut.fi
Web: www.kouvola.lut.fi and www.lut.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:252.264,00
ERDF co-financing:189.198,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Vantaa
FI-01300 Vantaa | FINLAND
Kielotie 28
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Mr. Matti Pallasvuo
Phone: +358 9 83911
E-mail: matti.pallasvuo@vantaa.fi
Web: www.vantaa.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:88.778,00
ERDF co-financing:66.584,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Uusimaa Regional Council
FI-00100 Helsinki | FINLAND
Aleksanterinkatu 48 A
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Mr. Hannu Siitonen
Phone: +358 9 4767 4328
E-mail: hannu.siitonen@uudenmaanliitto.fi
Web: www.uudenmaanliitto.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:70.218,00
ERDF co-financing:52.663,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Regional Council of Häme
FI-13100 Hämeenlinna | FINLAND
Niittykatu 5
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Mr. Matti Lipsanen
Phone: +358 3 6474054
E-mail: matti.lipsanen@hame.fi
Web: www.hameenliitto.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:110.365,00
ERDF co-financing:82.773,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Senate Department for Urban Development Berlin
10179 Berlin | GERMANY
Am Köllnischen Park 3
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Mr. Jürgen Murach
Phone: +49 30 9025 1725
E-mail: juergen.murach@senstadt.berlin.de
Web: www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:240.000,00
ERDF co-financing:180.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Public Transport Authority Berlin-Brandenburg
10623 Berlin | GERMANY
Hardenbergplatz 2
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Mr. Juergen Ross
Phone: +49 (30) 25414260
E-mail: ross@vbbonline.de
Web: www.vbbonline.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:385.000,00
ERDF co-financing:288.750,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Regional Planning Board Havelland-Flaeming
14513 Teltow | GERMANY
Oderstrasse 65
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Mr. Harald Knauer
Phone: +49 3328 33540
E-mail: info@havelland-flaeming.de
Web: www.havelland-flaeming.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:3.768,00
ERDF co-financing:2.826,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Tallinn
15198 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Vabaduse Square 7
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Ms. Kerttu Märtin
Phone: + 372 - 640 4293
E-mail: Kerttu.Martin@tallinnlv.ee
Web: www.tallinn.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:100.000,00
ERDF co-financing:85.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Harju County Government
15077 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Roosikrantsi 12
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Ms. Tiina Beldsinsky
Phone: +372 611 8790
E-mail: tiina.beldsinsky@mv.harju.ee
Web: www.harju.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:27.188,00
ERDF co-financing:23.110,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Latvian Transport Development and Education Association (LaTDEA)
LV-1743 Riga | LATVIA
Gogoļa iela 3
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Mr. Igor Kabashkin
Phone: (+371)-67100594
E-mail: kiv@tsi.lv, kiv@LaTAIA.lv
Web: N/A
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:136.123,00
ERDF co-financing:115.705,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Competence Centre of Intermodal Transport and Logistics of the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (CCITL VGTU)
LT-10105 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
Plytinės g. 27, TR-I, 104 kab., LT-10105 Vi
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Mr. Vladas Sturys
Phone: +370 5 2745075
E-mail: v.sturys@zebra.lt
Web: http://www.ccitl.vgtu.lt/en/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:170.544,00
ERDF co-financing:144.962,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Kaunas City Municipal Administration
44251 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
Laisves ave. 96
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Mr. Vygintas Grinis
Phone: +37037424106
E-mail: vygintas.grinis@kaunas.lt
Web: http://www.kaunas.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:124.132,00
ERDF co-financing:105.512,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Warsaw
00-950 Warszawa | POLAND
Pl. Bankowy 3/5
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Mr. Bartosz Dubiński
Phone: +4822 656 63 68
E-mail: BDubinski@um.warszawa.pl
Web: www.um.warszawa.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:459.505,00
ERDF co-financing:390.579,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Poznań
61-841 Poznań | POLAND
Plac Kolegiacki 17
Region: Wielkopolskie
Contact person: Ms. Agnieszka Osipiuk
Phone: +48 61 8785786
E-mail: agnieszka_osipiuk@um.poznan.pl, kp@um.poznan.pl
Web: www.poznan.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:80.000,00
ERDF co-financing:68.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Łódź - City of Łódź Office
90-926 Łódź | POLAND
Piotrkowska 104
Region: Lodzkie
Contact person: Mr Jacek Zieliński / Mrs Karolina Włodarska
Phone: +48 42 638 46 20
E-mail: j.zielinski@uml.lodz.pl / k.wlodarska@uml.lodz.pl
Web: www.uml.lodz.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:80.000,00
ERDF co-financing:68.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Bialystok University of Technology
15-351 Bialystok | POLAND
Wiejska Street 45A
Region: Podlaskie
Contact person: Mr. Joanicjusz Nazarko
Phone: +48 085 746 98 80
E-mail: j.nazarko@pb.edu.pl
Web: www.pb.edu.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:44.021,00
ERDF co-financing:37.418,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Self-government of the Mazovian Woivodship
03-802 Warszawa | POLAND
ul. Lubelska 13
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Ms. Agnieszka Bech
Phone: +4822 5184916
E-mail: abech@mbpr.pl; biuro@mbpr.pl
Web: www.mazovia.pl; www.mbpr.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:115.427,00
ERDF co-financing:98.113,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Bialystok
15-950 Bialystok | POLAND
ul. Slonimska 1
Region: Podlaskie
Contact person: Mr. Tadeusz Truskolaski
Phone: + 48 85 869 6002
E-mail: prezydent@um.bialystok.pl
Web: www.bialystok.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:56.619,00
ERDF co-financing:48.126,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Marshal`s Office of the Lodz Voivodship
90-051 Łódź | POLAND
Piłsudskiego 8
Region: Lodzkie
Contact person: Mr. Lukasz Balczewski
Phone: +48 42 663 31 50
E-mail: infrastruktura@lodzkie.pl
Web: http://www.lodzkie.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:63.302,00
ERDF co-financing:53.806,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Municipality of Ludwigsfelde
14974 Ludwigsfelde | GERMANY
Rathausstrasse 3
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Wilfried Thielicke
Phone: +49 3378 827102
E-mail: wilfried.thielicke@SVLudwigsfelde.Brandenburg.de
Web: www.ludwigsfelde.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:154.650,00
ERDF co-financing:115.987,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00