Urban Node Berlin-Brandenburg
The capital region of Berlin-Brandenburg is an important European traffic hub, a turnstile for European goods and passenger transport and a dynamic area of economic and socio-cultural development.
Three of the EU’s nine multi-modal core network corridors intersect here:
- The Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor as a north-south axis from Malta – Italy via Hamburg and Rostock to Scandinavia.
- The North Sea – Baltic corridor of Bremerhaven / Rotterdam / Antwerp – Berlin – Warsaw – Lithuania – Latvia – Estonia – Finland connects the ports in western Europe with terminals in north-east Europe.
- The Orient / East Mediterranean corridor connecting the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions via Berlin to the Czech Republic – Austria / Slovakia – Hungary to the Black Sea (Bulgaria / Romania) and to the Mediterranean (Greece).
This intersection is the reason for the capital city region’s status of Urban Node Berlin-Brandenburg within the trans-European transport network.
It provides public and private partners in the capital city region with the opportunity of directly attracting EU funding (including CEF) for development along these corridors and within the node and using the opportunities resulting from this location by playing a special role within the EU’s transport subsidy policy.
In its capacity as a Western European gateway and interface to the economically emergent markets in North, Central and Eastern Europe, the capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg plays a prominent role in the consolidation of the European community of states.
The central location results in regional prospects, potential and problems, which can be supported and processed by means of European funding opportunities and projects (including Scandria®). An attractive transport infrastructure and transport options on an internationally competitive level are declared objectives of the capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg. The targeted projects of European and regional transport and infrastructure policy moreover include safeguarding the quality of life in the long term and ensuring competitive capability within the region.
In order to utilise the given opportunities, the Joint Spatial Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg initiated a process in 2014 that uses multi-level governance principles to promote the exchange between local, regional and European stakeholders in order to strengthen and implement the Urban Node Berlin-Brandenburg concept. This includes a series of events, the Urban Node Agreement as well as project scouting.