30 July 2018

Press Briefing

Schneider and Lompscher sign long-term cooperation agreement.

Schneider and Lompscher sign long-term cooperation agreement with Scandinavian regions along the Scandria®Corridor

The objective of this agreement is the stabilisation of the strategic cooperation between the regions Örebro, Skane, Helsinki-Uusimaa, the Eastern Norway County Council, the City of Turku and the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg in an interdisciplinary network for mutual benefit.

By developing joint projects partners aim to improve the connection between Scandinavia and Southeast Europe through sustainable development of the bordering and neighbouring regions. The people in the regions should be enabled to freely exchange goods, ideas and cultural values. For this purpose, European funding shall be jointly obtained. The market share of rail in the transport of goods and passengers should be increased to improve transport links continuously across borders and to reduce CO2 emissions. The use of innovative fuels shall be initiated and facilitated to speed up the relinquishment of fuels that are harmful to the climate and health. This strengthens multimodal transport links for passengers and goods and utilises them for regional development at the same time.

As a result of the Scandria® Conference that took place in autumn last year, the cooperation agreement on the Scandria® Alliance as an agreement for the stabilisation of the long-standing cooperation was now signed by Minister Kathrin Schneider, Senator Katrin Lompscher and high-ranking Scandinavian regional politicians.

Senator Katrin Lompscher invites regions along the corridor to align themselves with these objectives: “The signing of the Scandria® Alliance is an important step towards the stabilisation of our cooperation with the regions north and south of us. This cooperation will help to promote the interconnectedness of the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg in Europe and territorial cohesion. Yet the agreement is no ‘closed shop’. It was agreed between the partner regions of the Scandria®2Act project to begin with, but is open to every region along the corridor. Herewith, I would like to invite these regions to join our alliance.”

State Secretary Ines Jesse said: “The Scandria® Corridor connects regions in the highly innovative North with the economically strong northern part of Italy via the Capital Region. This is where – building on our success to date such as in the Interreg projects and the shaping of the European transport policy – we intend to continue to cooperate and benefit from each other. It is therefore right to jointly set out on this path. Yet this is also about further optimising the use of European funding for important transport projects in the Capital Region.”

Background Information:

The Baltic-Adriatic development corridor, called Scandria®Corridor, was established in 2007. The Capital Region was the driving force behind its establishment. Over 10 years ago, during a conference in Berlin, the ministers responsible for spatial development of the Federal States of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as Berlin and Brandenburg signed the ‘Berlin Declaration’. The joint objective is to economically and socially strengthen the corridor regions through improvement of transport links over a wide area. This approach is now to be stabilised with the alliance following many years of successful transnational cooperation between the corridor regions on the basis of Interreg projects. The objectives are:

  • a multi-level governance network that brings together economic, scientific, public and administrative actors;
  • an activating platform that bundles interests and promotes infrastructural and regional development;
  • a tool for political support that strengthens the joint political interests across all levels and is a strong partner in the European dialogue.

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