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Key results of the project to be presented in Brussels

11 September, 2014

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region perceives one of the main challenges for the transport development in the Region in discrepant, often overlapping or mutually exclusive planning frameworks pursued at various governance tiers. Therefore, one of the objectives in Priority Area Transport is to improve the exchange of information and knowledge to allow for more harmonious and coordinated approach to transport investments between the European, macroregional, national, regional and local administrative levels.

The concept of multi-level governance implies that all public and private stakeholders relevant for the specific planning and implementation process are invited to a dialogue and have influence on decision-making. The means to make this cooperation method effective in the specific environment of the Baltic Sea Region is the core activity area of the BSR TransGovernance project.

During the past two years the project, co-funded by the BSR Programme 2007-2013 and led by the Swedish region of Blekinge, analysed how multi-level governance models, tools and approaches can contribute to a better alignment of transport policies in the Baltic Sea Region at various administrative levels and a better incorporation of the business perspective.

The results, now available, are well timed to contribute to the ongoing European and macroregional transport policy processes, amidst discussion on:

  • how to organise and optimise the work of public and market actors in the implementation of the TEN-T core network corridors,
  • how to achieve a fruitful multilateral cooperation between the countries sharing common transport development challenges,
  • how to strike synergies between the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics - being two intergovernmental strategic frameworks addressing the same territory,
  • how to effectively design a future generation of territorial cooperation projects in the area of transport and accessibility.

The final event of the BSR TransGovernance project, scheduled in Brussels on 3 November, will present the key findings in the strategic context set above.

Debate in a chain of panels with involvement of European, national, regional, local and market representatives will revolve around measures recommended by the project partnership to better coordinate transport policies for:

  • the Baltic Sea Region as a pioneering case of macroregional cooperation in Europe,
  • cross-border areas with high dynamics of passenger and trade flows,
  • international multimodal transport corridors,
  • intermodal terminal sites.

Contact

For any questions concerning the profile and the scenario of the session, please contact Wiktor Szydarowski, project manager, BSR TransGovernance (phone: +46 768 54 20 20; email: wiktor@szydarowski.com).

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Region Blekinge, BSR TransGovernance, Valhallavägen 1, 371 41 Karlskrona, Sweden.