TEN-T Berlin-Brandenburg: Urban Node Agreement
Three trans-European core network corridors pass through the capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg and connect the region with Europe. This entails both opportunities and responsibilities that the region has to effectively deal with. To support this process, the ‘Agreement concerning further cooperation between partners from the capital region in the Urban Node Berlin-Brandenburg’ was presented during the Urban Node Regional Conference and handed over to the corridor coordinators Pat Cox (Scan-med) and Catherine Trautmann (NSB) as well as the Members of the European Parliament Joachim Zeller and Michael Cramer. The initiators of the agreement are the Senate Departments for Urban Development and for Economics of the Federal State of Berlin, the Ministries for Infrastructure and for Economic Affairs of the Federal State of Brandenburg as well as the Chambers of Industry and Commerce of Berlin and Ostbrandenburg respectively. The development
of the region as a European transport hub and location for business is a dynamic process that involves a wide range of contributors. Stakeholders in the Urban Node are therefore invited to contribute. Almost thirty stakeholders have already signed this agreement.
The task at hand now is to continue the initiated process, to expand existing and future cooperations and to combine the opportunities for regional development with added value on a European level and to support these by utilising trans-European funding.
Urban Node Regional Cconference 21 to 22 September 2015
In their capacity as urban nodes, the European metropolitan regions are a constituent element in the ‘Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) concept that was newly presented in late 2013. The capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg is located at the intersection of three trans-European core network corridors (Scandinavia-Mediterranean, North Sea-Baltic and Orient / East Mediterranean). The challenges and opportunities that result from the overlapping of traffic flows demand that the urban nodes adopt new ways of regional and European cooperation.
The Urban Node Regional Conference took place at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Berlin on 21 and 22 September 2015 during which more than 200 attendants discussed how to improve the positioning of the capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg within the TEN V core network corridors. The presentations and debates focused on the opportunities and challenges for the capital city region in its capacity as an urban node.
The conference was opened by Senator Andreas Geisel representing the Governing Mayor on behalf of Berlin and by Minister President Dietmar Woidke on behalf of Brandenburg. Minister President highlighted the funding for the connections Hamburg – Wittenberge – Berlin, Rostock – Berlin and Berlin – Dresden – Prague and emphasised the further development of the transport corridors Berlin – Szczecin and Berlin – Cottbus – Wrocław for the improvement of the the German-Polish transport infrastructure, which means that European transport policy provides Berlin and Brandenburg with economic locational advantage.
Senator Geisel demanded a smartly interconnected and efficient infrastructure for the capital city region to further develop the city and surrounding region at the heart of Europe while at the same time pursuing the energy and environmental policy objectives.
Infrastructure Minister Schneider reminded her audience that the positive development of the industrial sites and logistics centres in the Federal State of Brandenburg are indebted to the development of the trans-European network corridors over the course of the past 25 years, amongst other things.
The coordinators of the trans-European core network corridors Catherine Trautmann and Pat Cox as well as MEPs Michael Cramer and Joachim Zeller, who have considerably contributed to the previous development within the capital city region, made general speeches and contributions to the discussion. Specific topics under discussion included coping with increasing flows of traffic and aspects of climate and environmental protection as well as strategies for coordination between the EU, the federal government, the regions, municipalities and districts in upcoming projects.
The conference was jointly organised by the Federal States of Berlin and Brandenburg with support from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Berlin and the European Commission.
The capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg – Events in the European transport hub
The capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg has developed into an important European transport hub and plays a key role in the EU’s ‘Trans-European Transport Network’ (TEN-T) that was newly presented in late 2013. The capital city region is an important geographical hub located at the intersection of three trans-European core network corridors.
This position within the trans-European transport network results in new opportunities and challenges for the capital city region regarding its economic and infrastructure development. A cross-border and cross-departmental working group was established in the capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg in 2013 to explore the course of action and measures for implementing the TEN-T objectives as well as funding opportunities.
I. Regional workshop ‘Urban node of the trans-European transport network’ – 10 October 2014, Berlin
The Joint Spatial Planning Department of Berlin-Brandenburg organised a first regional workshop on 10 October 2014 titled ‘The capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg at the intersection of trans-European transport corridors – Challenges and opportunities for improving the node function’. A regionally widely coordinated list of measures was developed during the workshop and successfully contributed to the compilation process of the three corridor studies.
II. Regional workshop ‘Urban node of the trans-European transport network’ – 19 March 2015, Berlin
Infrastructure Undersecretary Katrin Lange discussed the funding opportunities of the European Union’s new trans-European transport strategy with federal government representatives as well as regional associations and stakeholders during a workshop at the Ludwig-Erhard-Haus in Berlin on 19 March 2015. A total of about 26 billion euro will be available up until 2020 for trans-European transport projects in Europe.
Katrin Lange: “The capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg is regarded as an urban node at the intersection of European transport corridors. This opens up funding opportunities for studies and investment in the transport infrastructure of the region. For example, project sponsors such as port operators and freight villages can profit from this funding. The objective is to make transport across Europe more fluid and efficient. We need to pay more attention to Europe and adopt European initiatives such as funding for the trans-European transport networks.”
This is what the second workshop on 19 March 2015 on the topic of ‘Capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg – URBAN NODE of the trans-European transport network’ at the Ludwig-Erhard-Haus of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Berlin addressed. Structures and work processes for the implementation of transnationally relevant measures in the capital city region (as well as conclusions regarding the safeguarding of development as a European urban node in concepts, plans and programmes) were discussed and prepared together with regional stakeholders.
The results of this process were presented in the context of the Urban Node Regional Conference on 21 and 22 September 2015 at the Ludwig-Erhard-Haus of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Berlin. The regional conference in September is this year’s highlight in the series of events on the URBAN NODE Berlin-Brandenburg and included guests from the European Commission, the core network corridors and the federal government.
More information about both events is available under: Link