CEF support to Baltic-Adriatic Corridor - May 2020
CEF support to Baltic-Adriatic Corridor - April 2018
The Baltic-Adriatic Corridor is one of the most important trans-European-road and railway axes in Central Europe. It runs from the Baltic seaports of Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Świnoujście in the north, to the Adriatic ports of Koper, Trieste, Venice and Ravenna in the south, taking in the industrial regions of Central and Southern Poland, before straddling the Czech, Slovakian and Austrian/Slovenian boarders on its way south to Italy and Slovenia. The corridor features key railway projects including the Semmering Base Tunnel and Koralm Railway Line in Austria, as well as important cross-border connections between the six corridor countries.
Main bottlenecks and missing links
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In other words, only by investing in the cross-border sections can the development of long-distance international traffic flows across the corridor countries be encouraged. The Baltic-Adriatic Corridor still faces important bottlenecks on six railway and two road cross-border sections in terms of their compliance with the TEN-T requirements (i.e. PL-CZ, PL-SK, CZ-AT, AT-SK, AT-SI and SI-IT). These are therefore rightly at the center of Baltic-Adriatic Corridor implementation strategies. There are also two missing links located at the alpine crossings in Austria; the Semmering Base Tunnel and the Koralm Railway line and tunnel. Moreover, appropriate last mile connections to the core ports as well as sound interconnections within urban nodes are to be developed and strengthened on the corridor.
In recent years huge efforts have been made on all sides to bring this corridor to fruition and to turn it into a competitive development area for growth and jobs in Central Europe. 250 initiatives and investments to improve the corridor infrastructure and ensure compliance with the technical requirements of TEN-T regulations are currently ongoing, totaling EUR 36 billion.
A further 53 projects have been completed since the inception of the new TEN-T policy for a total budget of EUR 4.7 billion. Significant progress has also been made in removing bottlenecks at the cross-border sections, due in large part to the implementation of sound cooperation frameworks and the cultivation of bilateral agreements between Member States and infrastructure managers on each side of the relevant borders.
Works to eliminate bottlenecks and missing links in Austria include the construction of the new Vienna railway station and ongoing works on the 30 km long Koralm Tunnel, due to come into operation in 2023, and on all three sections of the Semmering Base Tunnel, due to come into operation in 2026.
CEF: Pre-identified projects
European Coordinator for the TEN-T Baltic-Adriatic Corridor, Mrs Anne Elisabet Jensen
Mrs. Anne E. Jensen, born 1951 in Kalundborg Denmark was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Baltic-Adriatic corridor on the 16 September 2018.
Mrs. Jensen holds a Master’s degree in political and economic science from The University of Copenhagen. She was Chief economist at the Danish part of Nordea Bank, Director of the Danish Employers’ Confederation and Chief Editor of “Berlingske Tidende” before being elected to the European Parliament 1999-2014 representing Venstre, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
Throughout her mandate she was member of the Committee on Budgets and General rapporteur for the Commission budget 2014. Between 2005-2011 she was substitute member of the Committee of Transport and Tourism.
She has since 2014 been involved in local politics, and has been chairwoman of the European Movement in Denmark. She is also currently chairwoman of the Danish Seamen’s Church and Churches Abroad.
Ms Anne Elisabet Jensen, European Coordinator
To contact Ms Jensen, please use the advisor email below
Mr. Siamak Jalali, Adviser of the European Coordinator
siamak [dot] jalaliec [dot] europa [dot] eu (siamak[dot]jalali[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
Baltic-Adriatic CNC / TEN-T
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