Meeting in Berlin

 

1st Steering Committee Meeting of Scandria®Alliance on 20/01/2020

 

On 20 January 2020, the 1st Steering Committee of the Scandria® Alliance took place in the Representation of the Federal State of Brandenburg in Berlin under the chairmanship of the Capital Region of Berlin-Brandenburg. In addition to representatives from the founding regions of Örebro, Skåne, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Turku, Eastern Norway and Berlin-Brandenburg, candidates for membership from regions Veneto, Saxony and the Technical University of Wildau attended.

 

The Steering Committee is the administrative body of the Scandria®Alliance in which all founding members are represented. The first meeting of the Steering Committee was moderated by Jan Drews, first Secretary General of the Scandria®Alliance and Head of the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg. In his opening remarks and introduction, Mr Drews underlined that both Ms Schneider, in her new role as Minister and Head of the State Chancellery, and the new Minister for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Guido Beermann, follow the activities of the Scandria® Alliance with great interest.


In the first half of the day, the founding members from the regions, Örebro, Skåne, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Turku, Eastern Norway and Berlin-Brandenburg presented the challenges in their respective regions in the form of short presentations and their expectations towards the Scandria®Alliance. Together, the future development in the Scandria®corridor shall be designed. Subsequently, potential candidates from the regions of Veneto, Saxony and the Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau had the opportunity to present themselves. In the second half of the day, objectives and next steps were set for the three working groups. The three working groups were set up on the topics of "clean fuels", "cross-border infrastructure" and "multimodality and digitisation". In addition to the timetables for the working groups, further dates with relevant topics for the promotion of the Scandria®Alliance were discussed and determined.


Conclusion of common objectives for the Scandria®Alliance:

  • removing bottlenecks in Europe and across borders
  • platform for knowledge sharing
  • development of common strategies
  • design of a "perfect corridor"
  • better connecting our regions
  • representation of interests towards EU institutions, thereby influencing national governments
  • active agenda setting instead of just observing
  • common and strong voice in Europe


The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for January 2021.


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