NEW CHALLENGES IN LOGISTICS ACROSS THE BALTIC SEA AREA
The TEDIM International Coordinating Committee (ICC) meeting was held in Gdansk, Poland, on 27–28 September 2004. Mr Tadeusz Gorecki, Deputy Director of the Maritime Transport Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland, acted as the chairman of the meeting.
Seven Member countries were represented: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. Denmark and Sweden participated in the meeting as observers.
The ICC meeting emphasised the importance of TEDIM co-operation as a tool to integrate logistics networks both within the EU and between Russia and EU Member States. In ten years, TEDIM cooperation has expanded, gained new significance and attracted several countries to the project work. In the future, TEDIM should focus on creating logistical solutions to improve the competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region in the global market. Russia and the Baltic Sea region are the logistical bridge between Asia and Europe.
The ICC meeting noted with satisfaction that the new TEDIM Riga strategy for 2004-2008 has attracted interest and stimulated activities in both Member countries as well as countries outside the TEDIM Programme.
The ICC meeting expressed its satisfaction with the 14 ongoing projects. Four of them were given the status of a completed TEDIM project. The ICC stressed the importance taking into use the developed systems and achieved results.
Within the Motorways of the Baltic Sea, TEDIM has good examples of cooperation networks. There are two projects financed by the Interreg III B programme. The first one is BaSIM (Baltic Sea Information Motorways) with 29 partners and the second one is INLOC with 35 partners, in both of them, all 9 Baltic Sea states are represented. These projects enable integrated information flows in the Baltic Sea Region.
Ten new, interesting project initiatives were presented at the meeting. Two of them were granted a TEDIM status. Furthermore, four projects were granted a TEDIM Certificate.
Visit to the Port of Gdansk and meeting with the Polish companies gave good examples of activities in the local industry and possibilities of joint cooperation in the field of logistics.
The chairmanship of the TEDIM Programme rotates for the year 2005 will be announched in the near future. The next ICC meeting will be held in Autumn 2005.