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Tentacle

Tentacle

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Project

TENTacle in the context of EU transport policies

The TEN-T core network corridors (CNC) is a new instrument of the EU transport policy, aimed to improve mobility, intermodality and interoperability on the major transport axes across Europe. The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is intersected by three core network corridors being Scan-Med, North Sea-Baltic and Baltic-Adriatic.

A broad range of stakeholders are expected to be involved in a joint action to remove physical, technical, operational and administrative bottlenecks along these corridors by the year 2030.

Implementation of the three core network corridors has a large but untapped potential to stimulate positive effects in the BSR beyond the pure transport sector and beyond the immediate geographical areas they cross.

Opening it up for a broader group of stakeholders and a wider geographical area requires tackling major capacity challenges. These are, for example, related with a low awareness and deficient understanding of how the CNC implementation can help improve accessibility and connectivity challenges in specific territories. And this is what TENTacle will foster in the coming years. By working across the borders and sectors we will:

Improve stakeholder capacity to reap benefits of the core network corridors implementation for the prosperity, sustainable growth and territorial cohesion in the BSR

In practise, this means that by the end of 2019:

  • All territories in the BSR can profit from the CNC, irrespective of the geographical location;
  • The involved public authorities and market players are able to deliver effective growth and prosperity policies and strategies, and work out effective logistics solutions complementing the CNC investments;
  • European Coordinators leading the CNC implementation receive an organised project-based support in mobilising stakeholders both in and outside the specific corridors to a joint work;
  • Transport authorities around the Baltic Sea are aware of the two policy coordination instruments of CNCs and the EUSBSR, and are able to use the synergy gains in routine planning, management and implementation processes;
  • Other European macroregions are inspired by the BSR way how to reap benefits of the core network corridors for the purpose of prosperity, growth and cohesion.

Seven pilot showcases in different areas will demonstrate how to strengthen positive CNC spill-overs in different geographies and development contexts. The cases will be launched in the sites representing (1) the corridor node and transit areas (located along a CNC), (2) the corridor catchment areas (located in a close distance to one or a few CNCs) and (3) the corridor void areas (located farther away from the three CNCs). In each of the sites we will address the key growth challenge that may be resolved through a better physical and/or functional connection to the core network corridors.

In the macroregional dimension we will generalise results of the seven regional showcases and analyse win-win opportunities if the core network corridors:

Better serve the northernmost Baltic Sea region areas,
Are interconnected with the transport networks of the Eastern Partnership countries.