Three days - three countries - five cities: With its Flying Conference conceptualized as a lecture tour, the Scandinavian-German network for traffic and regional development Scandria is offering an exceptional setting to present the results and pioneering concepts of its three years of cooperation. The network that is operating on regional, national and European level was and will be focusing on the development of an innovative transport corridor from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea. Today's start in the Federal Ministry of Transport Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) in Berlin can be already seen as a notable success. 100 participants of all Scandria countries were attentively listening to the technical lectures of experts from economy, science and politics. On this day, a main emphasis was given to the cosmopolitan region Berlin-Brandenburg that can be seen as a central hub for the Scandinavian-Adriatic corridor.
The conference was formally opened by the BMVBS' Secretary of State Jan Mücke who was very content retrospecting the work that has been done in the project during the past years:
„SCANDRIA managed to align regional, German Federal and European interests with each other. We like to further support successful initiatives like this in the future. The concrete results of the project that has been compiled is what we appreciate the most. The financial support that the project received by the BMVBS paid off."
The Berlin Senator for Urban Development and the Environment Michael Müller took a confident glance towards the future stating great potential for Scandria for the development and assistance of sustainable traffic solutions:
"It's not the ending, but it's the beginning for new projects. The beginning for building up a SCANDRIA Alliance that is connecting innovative Scandinavia via the creative capital region with the economically strong Northern Italy.
Pontus Lindberg, Regionsrat of the region Schonen, pointed out the special interest lying in an enhanced political cooperation with the Scandria corridor regions: "Because of the increase of goods and passenger traffic that is to be expected between Scandinavia and Central as well as Southern Europe, the regions should confidentially espouse for long-term and workable solutions."
Arvid Kämmerer, Distribution and Schedule Manager at DB Netz AG called roads with capacity back-ups in Eastern Germany that could relief the classic carriage road Lübeck - Hamburg - Hannover - Regensburg - Passau in the direction to the Adriatic Sea/Southeastern Europe as one of the prior tasks to be done. In this regard he was referring to the extension of the Rostock - Berlin road up to 160 km/h and 25 t axial load what means an improvement of the seaport hinterland connections especially for the Rostock harbor. As another important measure that is being discussed and that he was pointing is a Femern Belt bypass road between Lübeck and Schwerin.
Prof. Barbara Lenz, spokesperson of the cluster Transport, Mobility, Logistics Berlin-Brandenburg made it clear that Berlin-Brandenburg is a perfect field for experimentation regarding pioneering mobility. In Berlin, major transportation companies like Deutsche Bahn as well as important manufacturers like Bombardier, Siemens or Stadler are based. Together with numerous research institutes and companies in the field of transportation and logistics, a unique mix is emerging.
Dr. Peter Eulenhöfer, Head of Innovation and Services, Energy Department at the Brandenburg Economic Development Board showed, by reference to examples from telemedicine, e-mobility and the ENERTRAG hybrid power plant, that innovation and internationalization are a main strategic ambition for Berlin and Brandenburg and that the Scandria corridor is giving numerous connecting points for that.
Dr. Per Homann Jespersen, Roskilde University and partner of Scandria, demonstrated the potential of the Scandria corridor for efficient and also environmental friendly traffic and logistics solutions. As an example he pointed out the biogas corridor developed within the project, the coupling of e-mobility initiatives and the collaboration within the field of goods traffic on railroads.
Jerker Sjögren, manager of the Swedish programme CLOSER, called SCANDRIA a trailblazer for green logistics corridors. Those are needful to make the logistics economy more competetive and more sustainable at the same time. The goal of emission decline that is formulated in the Transport White Paper of the European Commission makes green corridors, based on the TEN-T core network proposed by the Commision, necessary. Sweden is going to further support this process in cooperation with forerunning projects from the Baltic Sea area, among others the Scandria corridor, with common projects, events or others.
After the event hosted by Prof. Herbert Sonntag from the Technical College Wildau and a visit of the area surrounding the main train station, about 40 participants went further from Berlin to Rostock. Likewise the current expansion of the roads could be directly experienced. In Rostock, Ina-Maria Ulbrich, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Dr. Ulrich Bauermeister, CEO of the Hafenentwicklungsgesellschaft Rostock mbH (Harbor Development Agency Rostock) explained on a harbor tour the development of the seaport which has improved the competitiveness and sustainability of the ferry lines due to the motorways of the sea Rostock-Gedser and Rostock-Trelleborg that have been supported by the European Commission.
Further Information and presentations:
I. Scandria – Cooperation for an Integrated Europe
II. Scandria – Innovation for future development