Future of the TEN-T Core Network Corridors

29 augusti, 2017

The extension of the North Sea-Baltic and the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridors around  the Gulf of Bothnia

A seminar hosted by MEPs Jens Nilsson and Merja Kyllönen
and organised by the Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian regional EU offices around the Gulf of Bothnia in cooperation with the Bothnian Corridor project

More information will follow

Background
The aim of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is to strengthen the social, economic and territorial cohesion of the EU and contribute to the creation of a single European transport area. To this end an integrated Core Network together with nine strategic Core Network Corridors have been established. These corridors are the instruments that facilitate the coordinated implementation of the Core Network by 2030.

However, the current nine Core Network Corridors are not covering the whole Union, leaving out important parts of Northern Europe, i.e. almost the whole of Finland and Sweden. The absence of the TEN-T Core Network Corridors in the North, and thus the lack of a coordinated approach to financing transport infrastructure, endangers the timely implementation of the TEN-T Core Network.

This seminar will highlight the benefits of an extension of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor (Scan-Med) along the Gulf of Bothnia in Northern Sweden and an extension of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor along the Gulf of Bothnia in Northern Finland. Furthermore, it will show how the extensions of these two corridors would help in tapping the potential of the Northern Dimension in transport and logistics to the benefit of the Union as a whole, and demonstrate why Northern Europe is crucial when it comes to providing raw materials to European industries.