International delegation in Malmö discussed future transport systems for European Ports
Discussions surrounding future transport systems were in focus when Pat Cox, European Coordinator for the ScanMed Core Network Corridor, visited Copenhagen Malmö Port on Monday.
Together with the CEOs of 25 core European ports, Pat Cox organized a wide-ranging workshop, a so-called ScanMed Ideas Laboratory, with a primary purpose of highlighting good examples and exchanging experiences between the ports to develop a more effective and sustainable transport corridor.
“The ScanMed Corridor, which I have the privilege to coordinate, offers many good examples in the fields of efficiency, collaboration and sustainability,” Cox said. “It is my goal to facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges. This Ideas Lab in Copenhagen Malmo Port was a wonderful success: almost every port along the ScanMed Corridor was represented, and very interesting examples were presented. Collaboration is key for Europe's future transport system. For that reason, this ideas lab was just a start of a larger exercise, bringing together, among others, train operators, logistic companies and rail-road terminals. This will certainly encourage the emergence of innovative ecosystems, including new businesses and environmental friendly solutions.”
The ScanMed corridor links Scandinavia with the Mediterranean Sea. The multimodal route passes through eight European countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy and Malta, and extends over several regions which together generate more than 27 percent of the EU's GDP. The flows of freight are absolutely decisive for flexible and cost-effective transportation. The ScanMed Corridor utilizes the existing infrastructure effectively, taking into account, local shipping and ocean-going vessels, but also railways, roads, airports and rail-road terminals.
Johan Röstin, CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port AB, said, “Being a so-called European Core Port, which CMP is, entails a major responsibility and places requirements on effectiveness in order to be attractive. We view collaboration with other ports as self-evident, both nationally and internationally, in order to support development of the future transport system. The discussions yesterday have maintained a high level and been very rewarding. I am really positive about continuing discussions in the future. Naturally, we are particularly proud that the European Commission has chosen to locate the first meeting here in Malmö.”
The Swedish government was represented by Erik Bromander, State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure.