STATUS - Competed - Tangent-Summary Report
The project focused on the importance of land and maritime transport infrastructure improvement as a mean to strengthen labour market and the competitiveness of economic activities in the BT area. The BT project was related directly to key aspects of the BSR development set up by the EU concerning sustainable economic growth and cohesion. The project received financing from ERDF. The project started in January 2005 and was finalised 2007.
The Baltic Tangent (BT) is defined as the strengthening of the sum of all tangents to the primary transport networks as a basis for improved preconditions for socio economic development in the BT area as defined by the partner regions in DK, SWE, LV/EST and Russia. The regions concerned has a population and growth potential of considerable size and should be seen as a great asset in the EU aspiration to enhance preconditions for the BSR developing into a prosperous region in EU. Deriving from partner regions ambition to improve the conditions for socio economic development in their areas as the main goal, the project is focusing on the importance of land and maritime transport infrastructure improvement as a mean to strengthen labour market and the competitiveness of economic activities in the BT area.
The BT project relates directly to key aspects of the BSR development set up by the EU concerning sustainable economic growth and cohesion. The industries in the area are to a large extent dependent on long access routes often of low quality to the primary transport networks (TEN-T). This causes a main competitive disadvantage in relation to competitors with easy access to the main transport networks both on land and sea, which in worst case can lead to a permanent downward tendency to economic growth. Therefore the BT project emphasizes interdependent actions, which are needed to develop a strategy for economic growth in periphery regions by integrating and combining spatial planning and new transport solutions by enhancing the secondary transport networks and merging them into the TEN-T.
The project consists of four Work Packages
- WP1: Spatial planning in the BT – where the strategic focus is on spatial programming and planning as framework conditions for development of infrastructure in the BT promoting sustainable growth.
Lead by Bertil Eifrém, The Regional Council of Kalmar County, Sweden
- WP 2: New transport strategies in the BT - where the strategic focus is on development of transport and logistics solutions enhancing the conditions for sustainable business growth in the BT area.
Lead by Kent Bentzen/Tobias Hoffmann, FDT – Association of Danish Transport Centres, Denmark
- WP 3: Strategy and Institution-building in the BT - where the strategic focus is on the development of the BT secondary transport network to the main TEN-T structure.
Lead by Vilnis Klibikis, Riga Region Development Agency, Latvia.
- WP 4: Dissemination and Training in the BT where the strategic focus is on training and on dissemination of project results.
Lead by Rainar Kuutma, Valga County Development Agency, Estonia
The activities in the WPs will be carried out jointly and integrated by all project partners resulting in an overall analysis, building the first real step into an improved and sustainable strategy for ensuring economic growth within the BT area.
PIF Baltic Tangent 2006 in English
For more information, please contact:
Lars Öhrman, BT Project Manager
The Regional Council of Kalmar County
tel +46 702 251 2734
See also: http://www.baltictangent.org