Getting ready for Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link and high-speed rail in Sweden

05/04/2016

Representatives from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the EU meet on Friday the 8th in Stockholm to pave the way for a future standardised, borderless transport system between Scandinavia and Central Europe. The Fehmarnbelt project between Denmark and Germany and the plans for high-speed railways in Sweden will be a game changer for the economic development in Northern Europe.

The meetings and a seminar on connectivity in Scandinavia and Northern Europe is initiated by the German-Danish-Sweden regional organisation STRING and supported by the EU Commission. Stakeholders from the five countries from business and politics will participate.

EU Coordinator for the ScanMed Corridor, Pat Cox is Keynote speaker at the seminar, and urges the representatives to move ahead with full speed:

– The Scandinavian Countries have a long tradition in seeing infrastructure as a means to create growth and prosperity. In addition, the Scandinavian ability to implement is renowned. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to focus on the German approval process for the link and on the implementation of the Fehmarnbelt project with its hinterland connections in Germany and Denmark.

– The Swedish plans for high-speed lines connects the Scandinavian Capitals closer to Europe via the Fehmarnbelt Link

Region Skåne holds the chairmanship in the political organisation STRING, stretching from Skåne over Zealand in Denmark to Schleswig Holstein and Hamburg in Germany. Chairman of STRING Thomas Hansson, Region Skåne says:

– It is important that we in the Scandinavian countries demonstrate our full support to the Fehmarnbelt Link. We need the link to get closer to our neighbouring markets in Europe – but also to make transport between Scandinavia and Central Europe much more effective and environmental friendly.”

– On the other hand it is important for Skåne to be present in Stockholm in order to show our crucial position on the link to and from Central Europe. This is of outmost importance when prioritizing the investments in the Swedish infrastructure and is essential in fulfilling our commitments to the Paris agreement, says Thomas Hansson.

The seminar will be held at the Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA) in  Stockholm Friday afternoon. Prior to the seminar, the STRING politicians meet at their bi-annual meeting followed by a working lunch hosted by EU coordinator Pat Cox for the central decision makers from the five countries in politics and business.