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Intensified dialogue to influence the future EU transport policy

The cross-project collaboration continues and the 2nd seminar back-to-back with the Rail Baltic Growth kick-off conference once again brought together TransBaltic, East West Transport Corridor II, Scandria, North-East Cargo Link II, Rail Baltica Growth Corridor and Bothnian Green Logistics Corridor projects to discuss and present latest results in the context of green multimodal transport corridors.

Mikael Nyberg, deputy director general at the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, opened the meeting by introducing an outlook of the Finnish transport policy that has to respond to the needs of green transport and improved long-term planning.

A common understanding of the green corridor concept seems to be getting closer to the finishing line. Mathias Roos - the EWTC II project manager - announced the project's intention to complete a list of key performance indicators by the beginning of autumn. The set of KPI's, rendered available for testing to the allied projects, will make it possible to compare and develop green corridors in a systematic manner.

The meeting opened up a possibility of efficient streamlining of activities between the allied projects on one hand and two important pan-Baltic transport development processes on the other, namely: the Baltic Transport Outlook (BTO) and the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics (NDPTL). The BTO consortium welcomed the participating projects for an exclusive consultation session to review the draft final report of the study. In turn, the NDPTL Secretariat accepted an invitation to attend umbrella meetings on a permanent basis for information exchange and mutual inspiration.

Furthermore, the allied projects agreed to address the European Commission with recommendations on how to use the green transport corridors experience in exploring the core network corridor notion in the TEN-T planning work.

TransBaltic aspires to expand the group of collaborating projects at the next umbrella meeting scheduled in early September, to cover the corridor projects newly approved by the BSR Programme authorities as well as ongoing projects dealing with environmental effects of maritime shipping.

published 21.06.2011