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A plan for the Central European Transport Corridor

A plan for the Central European Transport Corridor

 

Ms. Mätta Ivarsson, the Vice-President of Skåne Regional Council, will head the Central European Transport Corridor European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation.

On 16th February 2015, the 2nd Meeting of the General Assembly of the Central European Transport Corridor European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation was held in Budapest. The meeting attracted representatives of regional governments, including founding members and partners with the observer status. The agenda provided for accepting new members of grouping bodies, appointing a new chairperson, approving a membership fee, annual financial report and determining activities in 2015, as well as discussing the cooperation with other entities and groupings.

The Region of Skåne will continue heading the grouping and the person responsible for that is Ms. Mätta Ivarsson, the Vice-President of Skåne Regional Council.

According to its 2015 Action Plan, the Grouping will continue implementing tasks initiated in 2014, such as the project of ‘Starting from N-S transport axis towards innovative and dynamic Central European regions’ prepared and implemented in partnership with the West Pomerania Province, Poland. The Project aims at developing cooperation in regional smart specializations with partners of CETC-EGTC. The Visegrad Fund provided EUR20,140.00 to the West Pomerania Province for organizing two events: a debate in Brussels and a workshop in Szczecin. Additionally, to strengthen the Baltic dimension of the project, the Region of Skåne suggested organizing an additional event in Ystad, Sweden. The project developed two documents. The first one contained a general description of smart specializations in countries along the Central European Transport Corridor, whereas the second one outlined fields of science and economy coordinated development that may generate synergy and become an important factor for advancement in Central Europe. Recommendations are based on the analysis of the current status and expected effects of implementing the intelligent specialization strategy in regions of Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Croatia, and Hungary, including impact of neighbouring countries, such as Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia.

The Grouping intends to add new tasks, e.g. developing a concept for comprehensive promotion of development in regions along the corridor based on clusters, innovation networks, and think-tanks; the implementation of a project funded from the 2014 -2020 Interreg Central Europe Programme; participation in a project implemented by the European Commission concerning the EGTC mechanism as an instrument supporting and enhancing territorial cooperation in Europe. In 2015, one of the most important activities is to continue cooperation with the Working Group and Forum set by the EU coordinator for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor.

Note: the Central European Transport Corridor European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation started operating on 24th April 2014.

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