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Berlin Rostock - Gedser -Copenhagen - Malmö

Scandria in Copenhagen: A Chance for Europe

Conference at sea: On the second day of the three-day Scandria Final Conference the participants left Germany behind and ferry over from Rostock to Danish Gedser.

The crossing went under the banner of the Scandinavian-German cooperation that is forming the background of the Scandria partner’s commitment to developing and promoting an innovative and green transportation corridor. Likewise, „Building Bridges: Cross-border cooperation between Zealand and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“ was the topic of the onboard conference. The presentation showed diverse potentials, for example regarding the collaboration of the Zealand region with the Rostock harbor or safe baiting-places for trucks in Zealand and challenges like the restarting of the railroad Gedser-Nyköbing. The ferry lines between Rostock and Gedser ran by Scandlines, where capacities are going to be doubled by the commissioning of the ferries “Copenhagen” and “Berlin”, are equally important for Zealand as well as for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


In the afternoon the conference reached Copenhagen, where the main event took place. The city has not been picked out by coincidence. Together with the Zealand region, the metropolis of Copenhagen is the most important link between the European mainland and Scandinavia too and also the place of the current Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The defined goal of the Scandria partners regarding the expansion of the Scandinavian-German logistics and infrastructural corridor is a pioneering and sustainable approach. For this the project partners refer to concrete project results like the examination for a biogas corridor, the successful development of block train connections but also a further need for collaboration especially in the field of railroads or intermodal freight transport.

The participants of the panel discussion including Peter Madsen (Parliamentarian of the Regional Assembly in Zealand), Pontus Lindberg (Deputy Governor of the Swedish province of Skåne) and Rainer Bretschneider (Secretary of State of the Ministry for Infrastructure and Agriculture in Brandenburg) agreed with the corridor between the Baltic Sea and the Adriatic Sea to give the big chance of exemplarily using green transportation solutions for expanding logistics and infrastructure.

 

“We have to use the increase of CO2 emissions prognosticated by the European Commission as a reason to think about new mobility concepts. Therefore in the Scandria project very feasible approaches have been developed like block train approaches, the Scandria biogas corridor or innovative embarkation technologies. It is now up to further develop those attempts in a Scandria Alliance. For that definite agreements should be made this year“, is Rainer Bretschneider’s conclusion that simultaneously serves as future prospect.

From Oslo, Flore Daub, Project Manager of COINCO-North, contributed the vision of a very well connection between the metropolises Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Berlin regarding the creative potential in the corridor.

Carsten V. Madsen, Consultant in the Danish Ministry of Transport, called the buildup of a Femern Belt fixed link the most important Danish infrastructural project at the moment. This would also improve the connection to Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. For coping with the surely increasing flow of goods in the future, also the ferry lines will be at least as much necessary as a fixed link.

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director for the European Mobility Network at the European Commission, in a specifically transmitted video message spoke in high terms of the good collaboration with the project and called Scandria's contribution to the discussion of prospective European traffic policy as inspiring.                                                                                                                                             
   

Further informations and presentations:

Presentation of Henrik Kålund-Jørgensen,Region Zealand

Presentation of Henrik Tornblad, Grontmij

Presentation of Michael Henriques, Incentive Partners

Presentation of Niels Hoff