KTH Royal Institute of Technology has evaluated the performance of the East West Transport Corridor connecting Sweden, Lithuania and with transport markets in the East, such as the Black Sea-area. The Eest West Transport Corridor Association (EWTCA) can be further developed to take on coordinating activities in relation to the future development of the Corridor. Cooperation with Governments and private sector actors within a multi-governance structure is though vital for the future.
Region Blekinge is an active partner in the development of improved transport links and trading flows in an East West direction, with the port in Karlshamn as an important node for the further transport flows in the Baltic Sea Region and, in relation to the current project, with Klaipeda as the primary corresponding node. Region Blekinge is participating in the development of the East West Transport Corridor (EWTC) wherein the different activities in relation to the development project are organized. Since 2010 these activities are channelled through the East West Transport Corridor Association (EWTCA), an organization that has attracted the participation from nearly 40different organizations from a wide range of countries.
This research report, carried out by KTH Royal Institute of Technology as assigned by Region Blekinge and Netport Karlshamn, as part of the EU funded Baltic Sea Region TransGovernance project, illustrates a number of different aspects on the cross-border cooperation that has developed over time in relation to the East West Transport Corridor (EWTC). The report also reflects on the future development of the East West Transport Corridor Association (EWTCA).
In a separate section the development of the SouthEast-link in Sweden, County of Blekinge, has been discussed. Here the conclusion is that organizational models where the region and local actors take on more active roles for the realization of the project, including possible EU-funding and with possible “project bond” financing, might be a fruitful, but financially and organizationally challenging, way forward.
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. , 71 p.