The Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg is a dynamic area of economic and socio-cultural development, an important European transport node and a hub for international freight and passenger transport. Three of nine multi-modal core network corridors of the EU intersect here:

  • The Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor as a north-south-axis from Malta - Italy via Hamburg and Rostock to Scandinavia.

  • The Orient / East Mediterranean corridor connecting the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions via Berlin to the Czech Republic - Austria / Slovakia - Hungary to the Black Sea (Bulgaria / Romania) and to the Mediterranean (Greece).

  • The North Sea - Baltic corridor of Bremerhaven / Rotterdam / Antwerp - Berlin - Warsaw - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia - Finland connects the ports in Western Europe with terminals in north-east Europe.

This concentration creates a strong position of the Capital Region as an Urban Node Berlin-Brandenburg within the Trans-European Transport Network.

The region, as an interface of Western Europe to the prosperous markets in North-, Central- und Eastern Europe, has an important role in the increasing integration of the European community of states. In this context different regional perspectives, potentials and problems arise, which can be underpinned and processed by European funding opportunities and projects (e.g. Scandria®). The formulated objectives of the Capital Region include an attractive transport infrastructure at internationally competitive level as well as a strengthened multi-modal connection of transport modes and transport chains. Furthermore the long-term protection of the quality of life and the ensuring of the regional competitiveness and location quality are striven plans of the European regional transport as well as infrastructure policy.

Public and private partners from the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg can acquire direct EU subsidies (e.g. CEF, HORIZON 2020) for the development along the core network corridors and in the Urban Node. Thereby they can use the arising potentials of this position through a distinct role in the transport funding policy of the EU.

In 2014 the Joint Spatial Planning Department initiated a process that supports the communication between local, regional and European actors by approaches of Multi-Level-Governance. Thereby the Urban Node Berlin-Brandenburg will be strengthened and implemented.

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  • About 6 Mio inhabitants (2015)

  • About 30.000 km2 area

  • Positive economic development

  • Continuous growth of the nominal GDP: 198 Billion € (2016)

  • Transport Node: Hub for road, rail, water and air traffic and an increasing freight transport

    Source: Destatis