07 March 2019
Time: 6th of March 2019; 09:00-16:00;
Informal get-together: 5th of March; 17:30-19:30;
Venue: Brussels, Representation of the Federal Land of Sachsen-Anhalt at the EU, Boulevard Saint Michel 80, B-1040 Brussels
About 150 decision-makers participated, representing the European Parliament, the European Commission, national, regional and local authorities of the Baltic Sea countries, intergovernmental networks and industry.
Ambitions of the three projects have been acknowledged by the European Commission and transport ministries of the Baltic Sea countries. Each of them has been granted the stamp of a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Together, the three projects represent very well the needs and interests of both the regional and local authorities and the manufacturing, transport and logistics industries in the core network corridor implementation. The multilevel and cross-sectoral partnerships the projects have developed as well as the complementary geography of their activities provides a substantial contribution to this process, also in relation to the better understanding of mutual impacts between the core network corridors and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Through the joint final event, the three projects could reach the relevant target groups with the outcomes of their thematic activities in the following areas corridor urban nodes, clean fuels, multilevel governance, multimodal transport, regional growth, and regional impact of large investments in corridor infrastructure. The conference included interactive discussions with the European Coordinators Catherine Trautmann, Anne E. Jensen and Pat Cox involving the audience.
In the context of the conference, the founding members of the Scandria®Alliance came together for a first informal General Assembly meeting in the pre-evening of 5 March, 2019 upon invitation of Minister Kathrin Schneider, Minister for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning of the Federal State of Brandenburg and 1st Chairperson of the General Assembly of the Scandria®Alliance.
Minister Schneider expressed her sincere thanks to the founding members for the trust that is placed in her as first chairperson of the Scandria®Alliance for the next two years and summarized that the key points for the work programme are based on the Alliance agreement that was signed in July 2018 and approved by e-voting. Now it needs to be put into practice. The thematic focus for the working groups should be:
The attending European Coordinators Pat Cox, Catherine Trautmann and Anne E. Jensen welcomed the launch of the Scandria®Alliance and stressed the importance of such platforms for cross border cooperation. It could serve as a tool to close main bottlenecks and missing links. In general, the Scandria®Alliance received plenty of positive feedback.