- Member State: Germany
- Residents: 6.0 million (capital region)
- Urban Node: Berlin
|Contact Person:||Dr. Ulrike Assig|
|Phone Number:||+49 331 866 8721|
The federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg form the German capital region. In the region with its more than six million inhabitants on an area of 30,000 km2, the characteristics of the capital Berlin combine with the structure of the large-area federal state of Brandenburg with its mostly low population density. The capital region is characterised by very different areas that all have their own yet mutually complementary strengths and potentials.
Since 1996, Berlin and Brandenburg have been jointly organising their spatial planning policy and state development planning in one spatial planning authority. One main objective of the Joint Spatial Planning Department is to promote growth and development of the infrastructure in the entire region. Thus, it contributes to the strengthening and competitiveness of the metropolitan region both in the national as well as the international context.
European Spatial Development and transnational cooperation are important aspects of the Joint Spatial Planning Department. With regard to European integration, Berlin-Brandenburg has a specific responsibility in particular in connection with its Polish neighbours. The aim is to use the opportunities that arise from the capital region’s central location within Europe and its function as link between East and West, North and South at the intersection of three core network corridors of the European Union.
Berlin-Brandenburg is a traffic hub (urban node) in the European Union’s Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T). Three of the multimodal core network corridors intersect here: the Orient/East-Med Corridor, the North Sea-Baltic Corridor and the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor. An emphasis is put on the Scandria®Corridor that connects the innovative Scandinavian regions with the economically vibrant North Italian regions via the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg and creates value-adding hubs for the transnational flow of people and commodities in cooperation with other economic corridors.
In its lead partner role of the Interreg project Scandria®2Act, Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg tries to promote and foster clean, multimodal transport to increase connectivity and competitiveness of corridor regions while reducing negative environmental impact. Another main objective is the establishment of the Scandria®Alliance as a multilevel governance mechanism to continue transnational cooperation along the Scandria®Corridor.
"We should understand the Scandria®Alliance as