Smooth journey between Baltic and Adriatic waters

The SoNorA project focuses on the development of multimodal transport infrastructure and services in Central Europe, providing better connections between the Baltic and Adriatic seas. The approach is unique in that it brings together several South-North network connections under one project.  The benefits to be gained by the six countries involved include improved inland waterways, guidelines on strategic planning, impact assessments on development, and use of state-of-the-art systems.

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Bringing the ports of the Baltic Sea closer to the Adriatic Bringing the ports of the Baltic Sea closer to the Adriatic

“As lead partner of the SoNorA project, the Veneto Region (Italy) is showing its commitment to building a connection between the Adriatic and Baltic seas covering Central Europe and providing a facility for traffic, goods and people with a direct and positive impact on strengthening logistics and intermodality in the region.”
Mr Silvano Vernizzi, Regional Secretary of the infrastructure and mobility of the Veneto Region.

SoNorA is closely linked to the policies and objectives of the Trans-European Networks (TEN). The concept is to provide transportation, energy and telecommunication networks that link regions and markets and help spur economic growth and employment. The project looks to remove obstacles when it comes to putting infrastructure in place and setting up and providing services along itineraries.

The birth of SoNorA

The SoNorA idea – which is now implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme - merges the initiatives of the AB Landbridge project (financed by Interreg III B CADSES) and the recent German initiative SCANDRIA (Berlin Declaration 30/11/2007). The project is structured around six work packages, each focused on specific areas: project management and coordination; knowledge management and dissemination; transport network flow optimisation; removal of obstacles for infrastructure realisation; activating services along South-North itineraries; and the transnational cooperation platform.

Meet the project team

For such a large-scale project, well structured and harmonised organisation is needed for successful completion. Management includes a steering committee made up of legal representatives for each partner body. The committee meets to make high level management decisions. The technical management board, composed of the lead partner, the technical manager and work package leaders, monitors project progress and synergies between activities. The project partners include 34 public or private associated institutions involved on a voluntary basis as well as a scientific advisory board, providing work package leaders with scientific input on work plan methodology when requested.

Barriers removed, links opened up

With the tools, guidelines, case studies, outputs, new synergies and investment studies, SoNorA will improve access to European seaports for landlocked countries, facilitate intermodality for roads, railways and waterways, establish strategic co-operation between and within trans-European corridors (e.g. TEN-T recommendations), and set up a transnational network to benefit from the synergies and shared objectives of regional development.


Draft date

09/12/2009