German-Polish-Network "Oder-Partnership"


"Borders separate - the Oder connects” is the slogan of the German-Polish network or the Oder-Partnership.

The cooperation of the German-Polish informal interregional network began in April 2006 between four East German Federal States (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony) and four West Polish Voivodeships (West Pomerania, Lower Silesia, Lubusz and Greater Poland).

The main aim of this cross-border network is the development of an efficient regional alliance to enhance the economic performance of the regions along the German -Polish border. Therefore the network cooperation focuses on the following sectors: economy, tourism, transport and infrastructure and science and research.


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  • In 2011, the largest motorway networks were recorded in Spain (14 555 km), Germany (12 845 km) and France (11 412 km).

  • From 2006 to 2011, all Member States presented increases in their motorways networks or their network size remained stable.

  • In relative terms, the most significant motorway expansion between 2006 and 2011 took place in Ireland (threefold), followed by Poland (61 %) and Romania (54 %).

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