The 3rd Corridor Forum of the North Sea - Baltic Core Network Corridor was held in Brussels on October 1st 2014. The meeting was participated by the representatives of the eight Member State (FI, EE, LV, LT, PL, DE, NL, BE), infrastructure managers of all transport modes and regional representatives. The Corridor Forum was followed by a Work Group meeting of the seaports and inland waterways ports.
The third progress report prepared by Proximare was presented to the Member States at the Corridor Forum. The few remaining weeks before the 4th and final Corridor Forum in mid-Novermber will be used to fine-tuning the contents and lists of projects. Towards the end of the year the progress report will be elaborated by the Coordinator and supporting team at DG MOVE into the Corridor Work Plan.
The Work Group meeting of sea ports and inland waterways ports received high attendance by the port representatives. The meeting consisted of ports' presentations, which served as useful fact-finding and benchmarking session, and discussion about mutual development needs that could be tackled in the context of the Corridor Forum. Mutual points of interest include, for instance, best practices in interoperability, the concept of last mile, and division of functions between authorities. Port Director Kimmo Mäki from the Port of Helsinki was chosen as the Rapporteur of the Work Group to the 4th Corridor Forum.
While the successor of Coordinator Pavel Telička had not been nominated in early October, the Corridor Forum was chaired by Chief Adviser James Pond /DG MOVE.