Sustainable and Multimodal Transport Actions in the Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor

May 2016 -
April 2019


Policy area:
3. Transport 3.1 Interoperability


The project Scandria2Act successfully established a formal cooperation of regions at the Baltic Sea for modern transport along one of the nine European transport corridors, which will help those regions to contribute to shaping the corridor and to benefit from it economically in the long run.

The background

The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor connects Helsinki (Finland) and Oslo (Norway) with Palermo (Italy) via Sweden, Germany, and Austria. It is one of nine corridors in Europe that make up a Europe-wide transport network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports and railroad terminals, also called Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). TEN-T was launched by the EU institutions as one major policy of the EU in the mid 1990s. The idea of Transnational European Networks goes back to the Treaty of Rome (1957). Europe-wide networks of transport, of energy (TEN-E) and of telecommunications (eTEN) are considered as a fundament for the internal European market and for economic and social cohesion of the European Union. The “core transport network” includes the most important connections, linking the most important cities, and is to be completed by 2030. The “comprehensive network” covers all European regions and is to be completed by 2050. To complete these networks is a matter of smaller and large infrastructure constructions such as the Øresundbridge between Denmark and Sweden (completed) or the Fehmarn Belt Railway axis between Germany and Denmark (ongoing).

The Challenge

TEN-T policy affects the regions along the corridors to a large extend, and can be expected to have many positive but also negative effects. As transport policy is typically a matter of national responsibility, the regions’ needs, concerns and proposals are not automatically considered in TEN-T implementation.

The project Scandria®2Act was an intiative of several regional and local councils and public authorities along the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network corridor. With support of a number of established research institutes, Scandria®2Act wanted to foster clean, multimodal transport through those corridor regions. It aimed at increasing connectivity and competitiveness, while at the same time minimising the negative environmental impact induced by transport activities.


In pilot actions, the partners developed or improved multimodal services – both for passenger transport and freight transport in collaboration with the European integrating system “EU-Spirit”. Now, customers of public transport in Berlin-Brandenburg, Skåne and Greater Copenhagen are able to get better and real time information. The ports of Rostock and Oslo as well as Region Örebro and Hamburg developed new multimodal concepts, e.g. for freight trains. The partnership developed a strategy to deploy clean fuels along the Scandria®Corridor, making use of the experiences made in the corridor regions.

The Scandria®2Act partnership established a new governance mechanism by formally establishing the Scandria®Alliance, a cooperation platform of regions located along the Scandria®Corridor to create mutual benefit from the development of the European transport corridors. The Scandria®Alliance General Assembly constituted formally on 5 March 2019.

The Interreg project Scandria®2Act eastablished the Scandria®Alliance as a think tank for experts aiming to foster a change in mobility towards a more integrated and sustainable system. The founding member were the regions Helsinki-Ussimaa, Skane, Örebro, Akershus/Eastern Norway County Network, Berlin-Brandenburg as well as the City of Turku. They concluded a cooperation agreement on issues related to the Scandria®Corridor that are relevant for the regions development; i.e. the deployment of clean fuels, the fostering of multimodal transport, the improvement of cross-border rail links as well as initiatives to digitalise transport services.

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Project manager


Sven Friedrich

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Legal representative

Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg

Jan Drews

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Financial manager

INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT Professor Böhm und Partner

Christian Gering

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Communication manager


Sven Friedrich

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