The Baltic Sea Commission has a number of thematic Working Groups to take forward key issues identified by the BSC General Assembly or Executive Committee.
Each Working Group has a Chair, who need not necessarily be drawn from the Executive Committee, but who shall be a regional elected politician from a Member Region.
Members of the Working Groups consist of officers and politicians from Member Regions, but groups can also include external experts by invitation of the Chair. The experts may, for example, come from non-Member Regions, institutions, companies or national/local authorities.
During the coming year, the BSC Transport Working Group will put special emphasis on compiling, disseminating and sharing best practice across Member Regions. Creating strong joint action, the BSC needs to better understand the specific and common interests of its Member Regions.
The next three years are crucial in the field of transport and the activity of the Baltic Sea Commission and CPMR as a whole.
- In 2015, the Commission will publish a mid-term review of the 2011 Transport White Paper. Putting accessibility back at the heart of this Policy is an objective for the CPMR;
- The Commission will carry out a partial review of TEN-T. This will be an opportunity to rectify the 2013 maps;
- Maritime Transport will be the focus of attention for the EU: the “greening” of this activity, which has already started with the 2012 Sulphur Directive, and consultation on the Motorways of the Sea;
- EUSBSR has been revised. Transport is kept as a Priority Area. During 2015 the Action Plan of the PA Transport will be updated. The BSC has a clear objective to be a dialogue partner in this work.
The Core Network Corridor fora will continue in 2015 and 2016 as well as certain Working Groups of the Regions, linked to the Core Network Corridors. It will be important to provide information in relation to this to the Corridor Coordinators.
The focus for the Baltic Sea Commission's work on Transport are the following areas:
The CPMR Accessibility Campaign, launched during 2015, aims to put accessibility back at the centre of the EU’s Transport Agenda.
While welcoming the opening up to the Regions of the governance of the Core Network Corridors there is concern that some peripheral Regions are neither located along any Core Network Corridor nor represented in the Corridor Forum. In the Baltic Sea territory, the Bothnian Corridor is not part of any of the Core Network Corridors but it is connected to both the Scandinavian-Mediterranean and the North Sea – Baltic Corridor. Oslo–Stockholm was earlier part of the European priority project “Nordic Triangle” but is now not part of any Core Network Corridor. The Baltic Sea Commission will work to ensure that the Bothnian Corridor, the Iron Ore Line and Oslo–Stockholm are seriously considered in the discussions to develop the Scandinavian-Mediterranean and North Sea-Baltic Core Network Corridors.
Well-functioning interconnections, also in an East-West direction, between the Core Network Corridors throughout the Baltic Sea Region should be highlighted. This benefits cohesive growth for all CPMR BSC Members that are not situated along the corridors and provides incentives for attracting new Members from countries on the southern and eastern shores of the Baltic Sea.
Accessibility of remote areas will be high on the agenda. The future of airline services is in particular a crucial question for several BSC Member Regions.
Maritime transport issues will be addressed in more depth in the future shaping of the group. The Working Group will look into the possibility to propose a Baltic scheme for MOS, in connection with the EU Coordinator and CPMR activities in the field of promotion of sustainable maritime transport.
The BSC will follow the implementation year of 2015 and meet the consequences with policy actions if needed.
The BSC aims to further develop cooperation with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL); BEATA and PA TRANSPORT in the EUSBSR and to express the willingness to participate in different ways – events, seminars etc or to provide input through our views.
Chair: Mr Kai Holmberg, Regional Council of Kymenlaakso
Vice-Chair: Mr Erik Johansson
Action Plan: link to document
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