The Second Corridor Forum of the North Sea - Baltic Core Network Corridor

The 2nd Corridor Forum of the North Sea - Baltic Core Network Corridor was held in Brussels on June 18th 2014. The meeting was participated by the representatives of the eight Member State (FI, EE, LV, LT, PL, DE, NL, BE) and Infrastructure Managers of ports and railways. The meeting presented the second progress report prepared by Proximare which elaborates on the inventory and functionality of the transport infrastructure from the Corridor perspective. In the next phase towards the third progress report the work plan for the Corridor will be drafted by Proximare in intensive cooperation with the Member States and Infrastructure Managers. To the 3rd Corridor Forum, to be held in Brussels on October 1st 2014, the Regions as well as road and airport managers will be invited.

The 2nd Corridor Forum was chaired by Coordinator Pavel Telička and it was his final duty as the Coordinator before starting as a Member of the European Parliament in July. Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas acknowledged (EC press release on June 30th 2014) the long-term contribution by Coordinator Telička to the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Strategy:

"I want to put on record my thanks and those of the Commission to Pavel for the work which he has carried out for DG MOVE over the last 9 years - first on the "Rail Baltic" project and latterly as the first European Coordinator for the North Sea – Baltic TEN-T Corridor. With the agreement last week on a shareholders' agreement and the Joint Declaration of the Baltic Prime Ministers over the weekend, the "Rail Baltic" project is now firmly back on track and this is in no small way due to the negotiating skills and knowledge of transport issues which Pavel has displayed since 2005. I wish him well in his new career as a member of the European Parliament and hope that he will continue his involvement in transport issues."