Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2016 - Page 50

Photo: Port of Helsinki Ltd European Core Corridors – The Making Of I n the European Union, nine core network corridors have been identified to facilitate the coordinated implementation of the core network. These corridors bring together public and private resources and concentrate EU support from the CEF, particularly to remove bottlenecks, build missing cross-border connections and promote modal integration and interoperability. The core network corridors are also aimed at e.g. integrating rail freight corridors, promoting clean fuel and advancing telematics applications for efficient infrastructure use. From the Nordic view point, two corridors hold a special role: The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor and North Sea-Baltic Corridor. Northern Exposure The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor crosses the Baltic Sea from Finland to Sweden and passes through Germany, the 48 Nordicum Alps and Italy, linking the major urban centres and ports of Scandinavia and Northern Germany to continue to the industrialised high production centres of Southern Germany, Austria and Northern Italy further to the Italian ports and Valletta. The North Sea-Baltic Corridor connects the ports of the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea with the ports of the North Sea. The corridor connects Finland with Estonia by ferry, provides modern road and rail transport links between the three Baltic States on the one hand and Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium on the other. The most important project here is Rail Baltic, a European standard gauge railway between Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and North-Eastern Poland. is a real challenge. Then again, the upside is tremendous, too: significant gains can be expected from the multitude of interactions and synergies as well as the emerging technological opportunities. The EU Commission feels that there are enough “strong motivators” to fire up the innovators and investors to get working on developing the corridors. The ultimate objective of infrastructure development along these corridors – and on the core network as a whole – is to complete seamless connections for the sake of efficient, future-oriented and high-quality transport services for citizens and economic operators. The Commission is hoping that the nine core network corridors could serve as the forerunners of the full core network, to be completed by 2030. O Building the Foundation Even the EU has conceded that the immense complexity of the core network corridors Sami J. Anteroinen