Hamburg – Berlin
Rostock – Berlin – Dresden
Bremerhaven/Wilhelmshaven – Magdeburg – Dresden
Dresden – Ústí nad Labem – Melnik/Praha - Kolin
Kolin – Pardubice – Brno – Wien/Bratislava – Budapest – Arad – Timişoara – Craiova – Calafat – Vidin – Sofia
Sofia – Plovdiv – Burgas
Plovdiv – TR border
Sofia – Thessaloniki – Athina – Piraeus – Lemesos – Lefkosia
Athina – Patra/Igoumenitsa
The Orient/East-Med Corridor connects the maritime interfaces of the North, Baltic, Black and Mediterranean Seas, allowing optimising the use of the ports concerned and the related Motorways of the Sea.
Including Elbe as inland waterway, it will improve the multimodal connections between Northern Germany, the Czech Republic, the Pannonian region and Southeast Europe.
It extends, across the sea, from Greece to Cyprus.
Mr Matthieu Grosch is the European Coordinator for the Orient/East-Med Core Network Corridor as of 1st July 2014.
This long northwest-south eastern corridor will connect central Europe with the maritime interfaces of the North, Baltic, Black and Mediterranean seas, allowing to optimise the use of the ports concerned and the related Motorways of the Sea. This corridor will integrate Priority Projects 7 and 22, ERTMS corridor E and Rail Freight Corridor 7. It will foster the development of those ports as major multimodal logistic platforms and will improve the multimodal connections of major economic centres in Central Europe to the coastlines, using rivers such as the Elbe. The corridor will also provide the link to Cyprus.
Main missing links
Missing links are numerous, since most of the multimodal connections between Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece remain to be built or substantially upgraded. The Elbe also needs important upgrading to be able to attract traffic flows. Cross-border traffic management systems on rail and inland waterways are still to be implemented on many sections.
Rail development along the north – south line from Budapest until Athens
The Commission is already granting EU support for a study that will analyse traffic flows and potential development of a rail link that will connect Budapest with Sofia and Athens via Timisoara, Vidin-Calafat and Thessaloniki. The link is currently not fully operational and support is needed for creating the right preconditions for development along this line, preparing investments in the oncoming multi-annual financial framework. The cooperation between the Member States concerned RFC 7, the various cofounding authorities is exemplary of what the future of the cooperation on the new corridor would be like.
CEF: Pre-identified projects
Dresden - Praha
studies for high-speed rail
upgrading, freight bypass; rail connection airport
Praha – Breclav
Hamburg – Dresden – Praha – Pardubice
Elbe and Vltava studies, works for better navigability and upgrading
Prague - Brno - Breclav
upgrading, including rail node Brno and multi-modal platform
Breclav – Bratislava
Bratislava – Hegyeshalom
Mosonmagyaróvár – SK Border
cross border upgrading
Tata – Biatorbágy
Budapest – Arad – Timişoara – Calafat
upgrading in HU nearly completed, ongoing in RO
Vidin – Sofia – Burgas/TR border
Sofia – Thessaloniki – Athens/Piraeus
studies and works Vidin – Sofia – Thessaloniki - Athens; upgrading Sofia – Burgas/TR border
Vidin – Craiova
Infrastructure upgrading and development, multimodal interconnections
Athens/Piraeus/Heraklion – Lemesos
port capacity and multimodal interconnections
Lemesos – Lefkosia
Ports, multimodal platforms
upgrading of modal interconnection, including Lefkosia South Orbital, studies and works, traffic managament systems
Lefkosia – Larnaca
Multimodal interconnections and telematic applications systems
Port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms
Athina - Patras
studies and works, port interconnections
Forum Meetings 2014
- 4th Forum Meeting of the Orient/East-Med Core Network Corridor, Brussels, 18th November 2014
- 3rd Forum Meeting of the Orient/East-Med Core Network Corridor, Brussels, 30th September 2014
- 2nd Forum Meeting of the Orient/East-Med Core Network Corridor, Brussels, 17th June 2014
- 1st Forum Meeting of the Orient/East-Med Core Network Corridor, Brussels, 1st April 2014