Expert Committees Discuss Projects in Duisburg

The Expert Committees of the the EGTC are responsible for initiating projects that serve the Joint Strategy for the development of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. On 8 March 2017, the 2 Expert Committees met at the Port of Duisburg to discuss ongoing and planned projects.

The presented projects and initiatives ranged from developing a seamless travel chain for passengers between Urban Nodes in the Corridor over more sustainable freight transport through multimodal freight bundling or intelligent use of alternative fuels along the entire Corridor to rail noise monitoring.

Not only projects within, but also to/from the Rhine-Alpine Corridor were discussed. The Expert Committee “Spatial and Transport Planning; Economic Development and Logistics” chaired by Dr. Wolfgang G. Müller had a special guest contribution by Mr. Leonardo Vender from the Far East Land Bridge FELB. FELB operates freight trains between China and Europe with transit times of 14-16 days. In the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, Duisburg is the main destination for FELB because it is the largest international hub in Europe.

In the Expert Committee “Environment and Energy” chaired by Josef Offele, especially project initiatives on rail noise and inland waterways were discussed.

Meeting of the Working Group on Core Urban Nodes and Regions

Corridor Coordinator Paweł Wojciechowski invited the Working Group on Core Urban Nodes and Regions of the Rhine-Alpine Core Network Corridor to a meeting on 30 January 2017 in Mannheim, Germany.

It is the goal of the Corridor Coordinator to promote good practices for the efficient management and use of infrastructures. In the Second Work Plan for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor – which has recently been approved by all Member States– it is clearly stated that successful implementation of the Corridor depends on a strong commitment and involvement of all stakeholders. Furthermore, in the Issues Paper “TEN-T Corridors: Forerunners of a forward –looking European Transport System” of June 2016, the European Coordinators have addressed the need for effective integration of urban nodes into
the corridors.

By bringing together the Core Urban Nodes and Regions along our Corridor, the Corridor Coordinator would like to encourage the participants to share knowledge and learn from each other. Conclusions from the Working Group will be presented at the next Corridor Forum Meeting in June 2017 and included in the report on the Corridor Work Plan, update of which is due to be provided in 2017.

Check Out the Updated CIS – Corridor Info System!

“CIS” stands for “Corridor Info System”, an interactive tool developed within the CODE24 project. The central purpose of the CIS tool is to give strategic information about the Rhine-Alpine Corridor’s development. Overviews of many planning-relevant themes are easily and quickly available for the interested parties. CIS is designed as an essential base of transnational cooperation in future actions.

The EGTC continues maintaining the CIS as a dynamic tool. SiTI – Higher Institute on Innovation Territorial Systems as a member of the Advisory Board of the EGTC kindly provides hosting and technical management of the CIS tool. Check out the updated CIS tool here!

Joining Hands for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor

EU Corridor Coordinator and the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor meet in Novara

The Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC met on 11 April 2016 inNovara/Italy for its 3rd Assembly meeting. One prominent guest speaker was the EU-Corridor Coordinator for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, Paweł Wojciechowski who underlined the importance of the new Interregional Alliance. Together with the Chair of the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC, Conny Bieze, it was agreed to coordinate their work for the development of this most important European transport axis, by joining forces and bringing in their mutual interest both, from the European and regional perspective. Both, the further development of EU corridor work plan until 2018 and of the joint corridor strategy of the EGTC benefit from such cooperation.

Professor Scholl from the ETH Zurich and Professor Drewello from the University of Applied Sciences Kehl provided significant input to the further development of a sustainable corridor development strategy. This major European corridor should demonstrate as a best practice the will to cooperate and to compete with other transport corridors in the world.

Since its founding in April 2015, the EGTC has prepared or supported several project initiatives that contribute to its joint strategy – for example the CEF projects ERFLS and RAISE-IT or the initiatives on IT based capacity management and LNG for heavy duty transport.

The EGTC Assembly meeting in Italy came just in time after the decision of the North-Italian Regions Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy to jointly develop the transport infrastructure and the revitalization of the North-West Italian logistics.

The meeting in Novara can be seen as a starting point of a close working relationship between the European Commission and the regions gathered in the EGTC!

The Assembly also agreed the accession of four new members from Italy, The Netherlands and France.


The EGTC has submitted its first project proposal in the CEF Transport Call 2015 under the priority “Urban Nodes”. The study action is called “Rhine-Alpine Interregional Seamless and Integrated Travel Chain (RAISE-IT)”. The basic content is a multi-scale accessibility approach in important TEN-T urban nodes of the Rhine-Alpine corridor that promote the seamless connection between urban and TEN-T long-distance passenger services.

Rhine-Alpine “Corridor Ambassadors” met in Gelderland

Conny Bieze, Chair of the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC and Vice Governor of the Province of Gelderland, invited the EGTC members and representatives of the European Commission to the second Assembly meeting on 9 November 2015 in Berg en Dal near Nijmegen in the Netherlands. It was the first regular Assembly Meeting six months after the founding of the EGTC.
Herald Ruijters, responsible for the Trans-European Network within the Directorate General Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, expressed his full support of the work of the EGTC. He invites the EGTC to take an active role in the planned update of the Work Plan for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. He also offered that the EGTC as an important stakeholder of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor should play an active role during the TEN-T days 2016 in Rotterdam. As for funding opportunities, he referred to the recently published 2015 Call for Proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility. There, especially the priorities “Urban nodes” and “Multimodal logistics platforms” offer opportunities for interregional cooperation projects.
Łukasz Wojtas, Policy Advisor of the Corridor Coordinator Paweł Wojciechowski, pointed out that he sees the EGTC as the most important stakeholder in communicating on transport issues to local citizens on the one hand and to the European Commission on the other.
Conny Bieze underlined the role of the EGTC as “Corridor Ambassador”, bringing together the regional view from the perspective of the citizens and the European TEN-T policy.
The Assembly welcomed three new members – Port of Antwerp, City of Mainz and Canton Basel-Stadt to the EGTC. Thus, the EGTC now consists of 16 members from 5 countries – the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Further potential members from all countries from along the corridor are in negotiations to join the EGTC. Thus, the EGTC gives more and more regions a strong voice on the European floor.
The internationally composed board of the EGTC is now complete with the newly elected Vice Chair, Paolo Balistreri, General Secretary of Confindustria Piemonte in Italy. The Managing Committee, consisting of Conny Bieze as Chair, Birgit Simon as one of the two Vice Chairs and Jörg Saalbach as Director of the EGTC, is now complete.
The Assembly discussed the work plan of the EGTC and first concrete project ideas for the coming years. The members discussed to cooperate for instance in projects on LNG deployment for trucks, integrated time tabling for passenger transport, on borderless autonomous driving and a “corridor capacity platform” for multimodal freight matching.
Finally, Conny Bieze and the participants visited project sites in the Province of Gelderland. Exemplary for integrated sustainable planning is the project for flood protection at the river Waal in Nijmegen / Veur Lent. The Assembly also visited the river control centre of Rijkswaterstaat.

Managing Committee Interviewed for German Interreg Blog

The German Inttereg blog run by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) interviewed the Managing Committee of the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC. The blog post is published in German and is available here:

Rhine-Alpine EGTC listed in European Register of EGTCs

Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC is now listed in the European Registry for the EGTCs of the Committee of the Regions:

Three New Members Joined!

In May 2015, the Assembly approved three new members to the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC: Port of Rotterdam Authority, Regione Piemonte and Uniontrasporti! The new members have a great motivation to join the EGTC as they expressed.

Jacco van der Tak from the Port of Rotterdam says: “The Port of Rotterdam Authority is very happy to continue the cooperation with current and new partners in the EGTC Rhine-Alpine. Local and regional cooperation is very important and necessary in order to keep – and improve one of the busiest corridors in Europe functioning. It’s not just the ship arriving in a seaport, but even more important are effective and sustainable hinterland connections and dialogue with European citizens. Transporting goods and adding to European value doesn’t stop at country borders and therefore cooperation is a key success factor.”

Duccio Chiapelli from Regione Piemonte stated: “Regione Piemonte joins the EGTC believing that a common bottom-up strategic initiative increases the opportunities for the involved partners to improve the transport services. Regione Piemonte joins the EGTC because it is a key means of improving the European integration starting from the needs of local communities. Regione Piemonte joins the EGTC because it is a way of exchange experiences, knowledge, best practices and using them to create and finance common projects.”

Antonello Fontanili from Uniontrasporti puts: “The participation at the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC is very important for the entire system of the Chambers of commerce affected by the passage of this European corridor. The presence of Uniontrasporti is a conduit for the Chambers of commerce to understand, discuss, encourage and lobbying in Europe in the field of infrastructure, transport and logistics. Join the EGTC it is central for the interests of economic and business areas crossed by the corridor Rhine-Alpine, provide to the EGTC skills and know-how on different themes (corridors, freight, logistics, etc.), provide the Italian contribution to the completion of the north-south, through a common strategy, initiated through the Corridor.”

The founding members warmly welcome the new members and look forward to a successful cooperation!