In general the Scandria® approach of “corridors” is a combination of multimodal bundled transport axis and regional development.
Based on the European Spatial Development Programme (ESDP) the beginning of the transnational co-operation within INTERREG was focused on polycentric European co-operation areas. These co-operation areas were covered by the INTERREG funding programmes.
In parallel the Trans-European Networks (TEN) have a history of about 20 years.
2010-2014 was the turning period of the former methodology: It was decided to have no more single projects of national interest but instead to have a consistent joint European network. It was created by a two layered concept of Comprehensive Net and Core Net of 15.000 km length.
An important role of the two layer concept is to focus on the TEN-T “Core Net Corridors” as a part of the Core Net. European coordinators – individuals with long standing experience in transport, financing and in European politics – will lead the way to build the core network corridors, which represent the strategic heart.
The European initiative of the new methodology of TEN-T and corridors was accompanied by several initiatives on transnational co-operation for corridors.
The INTERREG IV B Project “Scandria® - Scandinavian Adriatic Corridor for Development and Innovation” was an important player in creating the new TEN-T. The community of Scandria® will also support the implementation of the TEN-T focusing on the Scandinavian Mediterranean Corridor. Corridors ensure a development link between the European economic regions and macro regional strategies (European Macro Regional Strategies like the Baltic Sea Strategy and the Danubian Strategy). The new EU infrastructure policy will put in place a powerful European transport network across 28 Member States to promote growth and competitiveness.