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Stronger international perspective in national transport planning

12 March, 2014

One of the conclusions of the work is that there is a lack of national strategies how to collaborate with colleagues in other countries during the planning processes. This reduces the capacity to collect information, knowledge and experiences in neighbour regions abroad.

The report perceives main reasons for such a situation in:

  • Differences in transport planning systems in the Baltic Sea counties (in material content, time horizons, organisational cultures and legal competences of transport planning and executive entities);
  • Unclear roles and responsibilities, and additional administrative burden associated with inserting the international perspective in ordinary transport planning routines;
  • Scarcity of financial resources for transport investments, which results in a pole position of investments implementing the national transport priorities;
  • Dependency on individuals and the degree they are committed to an idea of broadening the perspective of national transport planning.

The report proposes a number of solutions to strengthen the coordination of transport planning processes in the Baltic Sea Region. They range from developing joint decision-making instruments through better linking of Interreg programmes to the TEN-T implementation, up to facilitated institutional learning and the exchange of information on national transport plans and strategies.

The report can be accessed HERE.

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Region Blekinge, BSR TransGovernance, Valhallavägen 1, 371 41 Karlskrona, Sweden.