Infrastructure - TEN-T - Connecting Europe
Kurt Bodewig was born on 26 April 1955 near Düsseldorf in Germany.
1976-1981: Real estate developer in Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf and Housing Projects
1981-1986: Chief administrator of the Verwaltungsstelle Zivildienst Niederrhein
1986-1998: Head of department at German Confederation of Trade Unions, North Rhine-Westphalia (DGB Nordrhein-Westfalen)
1998-2000: Chair of the Board of Landesversicherungsanstalt Rheinprovinz (Statutory pension insurance)
1998-2009: Member of German Bundestag
03-11/2000: State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for transport, infrastructure and housing
2000-2002: Federal Minister for transport, infrastructure and housing
2001-2008: Chairman of the Forum "Sustainability, Energy and Mobility" of the National Committee of the German Social Democrats
2002-2009: Vice President of Committee for European affairs in the German Bundestag
Since 2003: Chair of the Baltic Sea Forum UN-related NGO, Strategic Partner of CBSS)
Since 2007: Maritime Ambassador of the European Union (nomination of COM Borg in 2007)
Since 2007: President of German Road Safety Association
Since 2010: Vice-President of the German Road Safety Council
Since 2011: Honorary consul of Lithuania
Since 2011: Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück for transport policy and infrastructure
Since 2013: President of the Commission on sustainable financing of transport Infrastructure in DE ("Bodewig Commission") of the German Länder
Since 2013: Guest Professor at the Hefei University (China) for transport policy, infrastructure and logistics (LOGinCHINA)
Since 2013: Professor h.c. (Hefei University)
- Member of the scientific advisory board of the Master's degree "Public Transport Management" of the University Duisburg-Essen
- Member of the scientific advisory board of the Master's degree "International Supply Chain Management" of the Universities Enschede (NL), Münster and Osnabrück (D) (Interregio Project)
- Member of the scientific advisory council NAVIS of the Bundeswehr University Munich
Since 2014: Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück for transport policy and infrastructure
On 12th March 2014 Mr Bodewig was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Baltic-Adriatic Corridor. This corridor extends from the Polish ports Gdansk/Gdynia and Szczecin/Swinoujscie via Czech Republic and Slovakia through Eastern Austria to the Slovenian port of Koper and to the Italian ports of Trieste, Venice and Ravenna.
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- First cross-border dialogue of the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor between PL, CZ and SK – 30 and 31 May 2016 in Katowice, Poland
Investing in cross-border connections with high European added value and removing the bottlenecks of the most critical cross-border sections on the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor are of highest priority for the European Coordinator. The corridor analysis has shown that important bottlenecks exist on six railway and two road cross-border sections along the corridor which currently hamper the smooth (long-distance) transport flows across the corridor countries. The European Coordinator therefore pays particular attention to the development and implementation of those critical cross-border sections and wishes to assist Member States in finding cross-border agreements for the smooth and coordinated implementation of those projects on both sides of the border. In this context, the European Coordinator invited to a first cross-border dialogue between Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia where three critical rail and one critical road cross-border sections are located. Representatives of the three Member States, rail and road infrastructure managers, the border regions, RFC5 as well as representatives of DG MOVE, DG REGIO and JASPERS / EIB discussed about existing bilateral cooperation initiatives and agreements, the respective rail/road investment plans on each side of their border and about how to better align the planning and timing for those investments.
- Visit of the Port of Venice on 13 April 2016
On 13 April 2016, the European Coordinator visited the core port of Venice (Italy) in order to get a better insight into the port's development plans and to discuss the issue of its last mile connection, i.e. its hinterland connection by rail and road as well as its nautical accessibility by sea. In this context, Prof. Paolo Costa, President of Venice Port Authority, presented in particular Venice's planned project of the on- and off-shore terminal. After a technical visit of the new 'Motorways of the Sea' Fusina Terminal, the railway yard and container terminal and the Montefibre area, the European Coordinator got invited to a working group session with around 40 stakeholders, i.e. with regional representatives, terminal operators, rail cargo carrier, Trenitalia, Cofindustria Veneto etc. The European Coordinator especially welcomed the engagement of Venice Port in the Northern Adriatic Ports Association (NAPA) and encouraged continuing and further strengthening their close cooperation.
Technical visit of the Ports of Trieste and Koper and working group session of the Northern Adriatic Ports on 9/10 November 2015
On 9 and 10 November 2015, the European Coordinator visited the two core ports of Trieste (Italy) and Koper (Slovenia). It was his first mission to the Northern Adriatic ports in order to get informed about their specific development challenges and needs, in particular with regard to their hinterland connection to the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor. It was a joint visit of Prof. Bodewig and Prof. Brinkhorst (Coordinator for the Mediterranean Corridor) since four out of five Northern Adriatic ports are part of both corridors.
On the second day, the two Coordinators invited the presidents of all Northern Adriatic ports (Venice, Trieste, Koper and Rijeka organized as NAPA and Ravenna) to a joint working session, hosted by the Port of Koper, in order to speak about potentials for cooperation and to engage in a close dialogue with the ports building the start and end point of the corridors. The mission allowed the two Coordinators to get a good insight into the ports' main operations, vision and plans for future development.
- Meeting with the Slovenian Minister of Transport in Ljubljana on 10 November 2015
On 10 November 2015, the European Coordinator met with the Minister of Transport of Slovenia, Mr. Gaspersic. In a first place, Prof. Bodewig reported to the Minister on the outcome of the working group meeting of the Northern Adriatic ports and more specifically on his positive impressions of the Port of Koper. In that regard, he particularly addressed the project of the 2nd railway track from Koper to Divaca. Moreover, the state of implementation for the two critical cross-border sections and priorities of the Baltic-Adriatic corridor work plan, i.e. Maribor (SI) to Graz (AT) and Trieste (IT) to Divaca (SI) has been discussed.
- Mission to the Regions of Carinthia and Styria and technical visit of the project Koralm in Austria on 1 and 2 October 2015
The Baltic-Adriatic Corridor is almost continuous apart from two missing links in Austria, planned to be completed by the projects of the new Koralm railway line and tunnel and the Semmering tunnel by 2023/2024. The timely implementation of these two projects is therefore one priority set in the Baltic-Adriatic corridor work plan. After having already visited the Semmering tunnel in 2014, Prof. Bodewig now attended a public event for the Koralm railway tunnel. On this occasion, he got informed first-hand by the Austrian rail infrastructure manager ÖBB and regional stakeholders from Styria about the progress of the works. In addition, bilateral meetings with the Minister of Transport, Alois Stöger, the CEO of ÖBB, Christian Kern, and with the regional presidents and parliamentarians of Carinthia and Styria took place. Moreover, the European Coordinator visited the rail-road-terminal of Villach-Fürnitz and engaged in a dialogue with various regional stakeholders from Carinthia during a workshop on the regional benefits and challenges of the Baltic-Adriatic axis.
Hearing of the European Coordinator in the European Parliament in Brussels on 14 July 2015
On 14 July, Prof. Bodewig presented his corridor work plan to the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament. This was part of his annual hearing as European Coordinator. In his introductory speech, Mr. Bodewig outlined the corridor characteristics and critical issues and presented the five main priorities for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor as defined in his corridor work plan. He also made reference to his work on the CBS report and in which way the close cooperation with EIB is beneficial for the corridor development. The presentation was followed by a lively debate with the Parliamentarians, among others about the macro-economic effects of the corridor development, the synergies sought with the macro-regional strategies and the financing needs (and constraints) for realising the corridor investments. Following the recent decision on the first CEF call, a number of detailed project related questions were also answered by the European Coordinator. The TRAN-Committee members acknowledged the importance of the Coordinator's role in reaching the forward-looking objectives of the TEN-T guidelines.
- Visit of the Baltic ports of Gdynia and Gdańsk on 8-9 July 2015 in Poland
Further to his prior mission to the ports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie, the European Coordinator continued his tour of the Baltic ports in Gdynia and Gdańsk on 8 and 9 July 2015. The main aim was to discuss the issue of last mile connection to the ports. On the first day, Mr. Bodewig held a meeting with a high number of local and regional stakeholders, both from the Marshal Office and from the Municipality of Gdańsk. The meeting was chaired by the Vice-Marshall of the Pomorskie Region, Mr. Ryszard Świlski, responsible for Transport Policy and also President of the Association of the Polish Baltic-Adriatic Corridor Regions. In addition, the Vice-Mayor of Gdańsk, Mr. Piotr Grzelak, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Gdańsk Airport, Mr. Kloskowski, took part. This meeting was a great opportunity to discuss with all stakeholders concerned the main political priorities for the Region of Pomorskie in terms of transport infrastructure development along the Baltic-Adriatic corridor axis. In this context, the European Coordinator emphasized that initiatives such as the Association of Polish Baltic-Adriatic Corridor Regions are important drivers for the corridor development and invited all stakeholders to create further synergies with the corridor activities. The development of the urban nodes along the corridor, constituting somehow also the "first and last miles" of the corridor, was also on the agenda for discussions. In this context, the European Coordinator visited the new metropolitan railway line.
On the second day, Mr. Bodewig visited the two ports of Gdynia and Gdańsk. The President of the Port of Gdynia, Mr. Janusz Jarosinski, chaired the meeting and outlined the challenges to be addressed by the port authority. The Vice-Mayor of Gdynia, Mr. Marek Stępa, stressed the importance given to the port development for the city. Representatives from PKP PLK and the Rail Freight Corridor 5 as well as from the road infrastructure manager GDDKiA presented their development plans for the rail and road connection to the two ports. In the afternoon, the discussions about 'last mile' continued at the port of Gdańsk where Mrs. Dorota Raben, President of the Port Authority, welcomed the delegation.
The mission was a great opportunity to discuss about how to ensure appropriate hinterland connections to the Baltic ports since stakeholders from all territorial levels, i.e. local, regional and national level, as well as from all infrastructure modes (ports, rail, road, airport) were present.
- Baltic-Adriatic Corridor meeting in the framework of the TEN-T Days in Riga on 22/23 June 2015
Prof. Kurt Bodewig invited the stakeholders of the past Corridor Forum meetings, as well as the wider public, to a dedicated meeting on the Baltic-Adriatic corridor work plan on 22 June 2015 in Riga. The Baltic-Adriatic corridor work plan has been approved by all Member States concerned in May 2015. During this corridor session, Mr. Bodewig presented his work plan, and in particular his five main priorities for the Baltic-Adriatic corridor development, to the audience. In addition, an outlook was given on the upcoming steps of the corridor process such as the evolving corridor study. Apart from this corridor meeting, Mr. Bodewig was deeply involved in the general programme of the TEN-T Days and presented in particular the final Christophersen-Bodewig-Secchi report (CBS-report) during an interinstitutional session with Member States and European Parliament as well as during a plenary debate. Moreover, he chaired a meeting on the roll-out of the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell.
- Presentation of the Final Report "Action Plan: Making the best use of new financial schemes for European transport infrastructure projects" at the European Transport Council on 11 June 2015 in Luxemburg
On 11th of June 2015 at the Transport Council held in Luxemburg, Prof. Kurt Bodewig, together with his coordinator colleague Prof. Carlo Secchi and Former Vice-President Henning Christophersen, presented an Action Plan on how to trigger project financing and project development in Europe. This Action Plan is the final result of the mandate given to them by the Italian Presidency. The final report is structured in twelve recommendations grouped in four building blocks aimed at:
- Strengthening the project pipeline through assistance for project development, identification and financial structuring.
- Simplifying the procedures, notably on procurement, permitting and state aid consistency.
- Broadening funding and financing, increasing project-related revenues, cross-financing, and exploiting synergies between all the financial sources through pooling and blending of grants and financing.
- Improving the wide framework: Financial Regulation, accounting of PPP, stakeholders' involvement & developing specific communication actions including for the wider public.
- Visit of the Baltic ports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie on 9-10 June 2015 in Poland
One of the five priorities identified by the European Coordinator for the corridor development is the hinterland connection of the ports building the start and end point of the corridor. In order to engage with the Baltic and Adriatic core ports along his corridor and to ensure that they are adequately connected to rail and road, Prof. Bodewig started his planned tour to all corridor ports in Szczecin and Swinoujscie on 9-10 June 2015. On the first day, the European Coordinator met with the Marshall of the Westpomeranian Region, Mr. Olgierd Geblewicz. Further to that, he participated in the opening celebration of the Niemieckie Quay, an EU financed investment project. The port authority of Szczecin and Swinoujscie invited him to a technical visit of the two ports facilities, including the new LNG terminal. Finally, he met with the Supervisory Board of the Port authority and the two mayors of Szczecin and Swinoujscie. On the following day, Prof. Bodewig also participated as panellist in the debate "European Union – hindrance or driving force for developing maritime industry?" at the 3rd international maritime congress.
- Meeting with EC Vice-Presidents Šefčovič and Georgieva and with the EFSI investment group on 2 June 2015 in Brussels
On 2 June 2015, the Christophersen-Bodewig-Secchi group presented their action plan to EC Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič (Energy Union) and Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva (Budget & Human Resources) as well as to the EFSI Investment Group chaired by the Cabinet of Vice-President Katainen.
- Meeting with EIB Vice-Presidents Roman Escolano and Dario Scannapieco as well as with the General Director of DG EUROSTAT, Walter Radermacher, on 15 April 2015 in Luxemburg
Prof. Bodewig and Prof. Secchi met the two EIB Vice-Presidents Roman Escolano and Dario Scannapieco in order to present their twelve recommendations of how to make the best use of new financial schemes in the transport sector. In addition, a working session at EIB Director's level took place. Finally, both Coordinators met with the General Director of DG EUROSTAT, Walter Radermacher, in order to discuss among others about the on-/off balance sheet treatment of public-private partnerships.
- Meeting with the Ministers of the V4 countries in Bratislava on 25-26 March 2015
Under Slovak Presidency 2014/2015 of the Visegrad group, the Slovak Ministry of Transport organised a TEN-T network ministerial meeting on 25-26 March 2015 in Bratislava. As the European Coordinator of the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor which crosses three out of the four Visegrad-countries, Mr. Bodewig was invited to attend this high-level event. On that occasion, Mr. Bodewig had the chance to speak to the Ministers of Transport of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland as well as to the Austrian State Secretary for Infrastructure who was invited as guest to the V4 event. On 25 March 2015, a bilateral meeting with the Polish Minister of Transport, Mrs. Maria Wasiak, was organised. Similarly, on 26 March 2015, the European Coordinator met the Czech Minister of Transport, Mr. Dan Tok. These meetings offered the opportunity for the European Coordinator to recall the corridor activities of the last year and to present his corridor work plan. Mr. Bodewig also engaged the Ministers in a discussion about the respective development priorities for the Polish and Czech infrastructure as set in the corridor work plan. In addition, Kurt Bodewig used his presence in Bratislava to meet the General Director of the Slovak National Motorway Company, Mr. Milan Gajdos, and the General Director of the Slovak Railway Company, Mr. Dusan Sefcik. Both presented the current state of road and respectively rail infrastructure to the European Coordinator. The European Coordinator invited both representatives to get deeply involved in the corridor activities.
On 26 March, the Slovak hosts of the V4 event organised a ministerial meeting during a train trip from Bratislava to Zilina, under the participation of EU Vice-President Sefcovic and Commissioner Bulc. This was for Mr. Bodewig a very good occasion to present his vision and development priorities for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor, in particular as this train trip followed an important core network section on his Corridor. Besides, the Ministers very much welcomed to hear from Mr. Bodewig his ideas of how to finance infrastructure and how to attract private investors.
- Meeting with EIB-President Hoyer and Vice-President Molterer on 23 March 2015 in Luxemburg
In the framework of his mandate of the Italian Presidency to prepare a report identifying projects along the core network corridors particularly suited for new financial schemes, Mr. Bodewig met EIB President Werner Hoyer as well as Vice-President Wilhelm Molterer, responsible for Cohesion and EFSI, on 23 March in Luxemburg. He presented the main recommendations of the interim report which he elaborated together with former Vice-President Henning Christophersen and coordinator colleague Prof. Carlo Secchi. This meeting was a very good opportunity to further strengthen the cooperation between DG MOVE and the European Investment Bank in order to contribute successfully to the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package of President Juncker.
- Presentation of the Interim Report on new financial schemes for European transport infrastructure projects in the TRAN-Committee, on 24 February 2015 in Brussels
On February 24, the TRAN-Committee of the European Parliament invited Prof. Bodewig together with former Vice-President Henning Christophersen and Prof. Carlo Secchi, Coordinator of the Atlantic Corridor, to present their interim report on new financial schemes for European transport infrastructure projects. The report aims at identifying how transport infrastructure projects could make best use of innovative financial schemes, especially through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), and what changes in the regulatory framework might be required to facilitate matches between private investors and investment opportunities.
Meeting of the Commissioner of Transport together with the CEO of major European Ports on 19 January 2015 in Brussels
On 19 January 2015, the Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Violeta Bulc, invited the managing directors of over 20 European ports to Brussels for an open dialogue in order to exchange their views on the challenges of the port's sector. On behalf of all European Coordinators, Prof. Bodewig was invited to give an introductory speech on the core network corridors. He reported on the main achievements of the corridor process in 2014 and gave an outlook on 2015. Moreover, he stressed the importance of the ports' hinterland connection for the corridor development. Finally, he presented the interim report about new financial schemes for European transport infrastructure projects, issued by Vice-President Christophersen and Coordinators Secchi and Bodewig. In this regard, he briefly outlined how Ports could make best use of innovative financial instruments and the Juncker investment plan.
- Meeting with the Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr. Alois Stöger, as well as inauguration of the new Vienna railway station on 10 October in Vienna
On 10 October, Vienna's new central railway station was officially opened. The celebration was attended by Austria's President Mr. Heinz Fischer, the Vice-Chancellor Mr. Reinhold Mitterlehner, the transport minister Mr. Alois Stöger, the president of the Parliament and former transport minister Mrs. Doris Bures, the Mayor of Vienna Mr. Michael Häupl as well as the CEO of the Austrian Railways ÖBB Mr. Christian Kern. After the ceremonial act, the European Coordinator had a bilateral meeting with the recently appointed transport minister, Mr. Stöger, and raised awareness for the new TEN-T policy and in particular the core network corridors. Moreover, both discussed in depth the Coordinator's ideas for infrastructure financing that were also presented at the Informal Transport Council.
- Participation in the Informal Transport Ministerial Council on 16/17 September 2014 in Milano
On 16-17 September 2014, the Informal Transport Council took place in Milano with the participation of the European Coordinators of all corridors. On that occasion, Prof. Bodewig and Prof. Secchi presented a paper outlining some potential lines for action for the financing of the transport infrastructure. The paper was commented and very much welcomed by the transport ministers. The Italian presidency provided a mandate to both coordinators and Mr. Henning Christophersen to further deepen their analysis and to identify potential projects suitable for the use of innovative financial instruments. Their report shall be presented at the Formal Council on 3 December in Brussels.
Moreover, the European Coordinator, together with his colleagues Karla Peijs and Matthieu Grosch, organised a trilateral meeting with Mr. Kamil Rudolecky, State Secretary of the Czech transport ministry. The three coordinators addressed the main critical issues that the Czech republic is facing along the three corridors that are crossing the country and offered their assistance, e.g. in initiating and moderating cross-border dialogues.
Furthermore, Mr. Bodewig had the chance in Milano to have several dialogues with the Ministers and other high ministerial representatives of all countries along the Baltic-Adriatic corridor as to strengthen the cooperation and to prepare the ground for the elaboration of the corridor work plan.
- Meeting with the Italian Minister of Transport, Mr. Maurizio Lupi, on 9 September 2014 in Rome
The European Coordinator was welcomed by the Italian Minister of Transport, Mr. Maurizio Lupi, on 9 September 2014 in Rome. One week prior to the Informal Transport Ministerial Council, the Minister outlined his concrete ideas and vision with regard to the two main agenda points of the Informal Council, being the governance of the core network corridors and the financing of the TEN-T infrastructure. Prof. Bodewig also presented the financing paper that was prepared by him and his coordinator colleague Prof. Secchi.
On 8 September 2014, the European Coordinator presented the corridor activities and the draft corridor work plan to the CEO of the road infrastructure manager (ANAS), Mr. Ciucci, as well as to the CEO of FS Italiane, Mr. Elia. The latter gave a detailed presentation of the current status of the railway infrastructure along the Baltic-Adriatic corridor and the future plans of investments by RFI. Mr. Elia stressed upon the return on investments that infrastructure projects generate in terms of effects on employment, tourism, real estate etc.
- Meeting with the Slovak State Secretary of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Mr. Frantisek Palko, on 16 July 2014 in Bratislava
On 16 July 2014, the European Coordinator had the chance to introduce himself and present his mandate for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor to Mr. Frantisek Palko, State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic. Several general directors of the Ministry were present too and gave an insight into the identified bottlenecks along the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor in the Slovak Republic in the field of rail and road infrastructure. Mr. Bodewig offered his assistance in addressing those bottlenecks within the Corridor activities.
- Meeting with the Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mrs. Doris Bures, on 15 July 2014 in Vienna
Mrs. Doris Bures, Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, welcomed Mr. Bodewig on 15 July 2014. Being a predominantly mountainous country, she outlined that Austria is particularly challenged by several major tunnel projects - the Semmering Base Tunnel and the Koralm tunnel and railway being the most important ones on the Baltic-Adriatic axis in Austria. She emphasized the crucial importance of both tunnel projects for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor in order to make the cross-border traffic flows more efficient and to shift freight from road to rail. In addition, she called for a timely coordination of these national projects with the projects of Austria's neighbouring countries. Afterwards, the European Coordinator was pleased to exchange with representatives of the Ministry on more technical details with regard to the planned projects along the Corridor in Austria.
After the ministerial meeting, Mr. Bodewig was invited to working sessions with Mr. Schedl and Mr. Schierhackl, CEO of the road infrastructure manager (ASFINAG) and with Mr. Matthä and Mr. Bauer, CEO of the rail infrastructure manager (ÖBB). The latter also organised a technical visit to the Semmering. This gave an important insight for the Coordinator into the complexity of the project and its European added value for the implementation of a well-functioning multimodal Baltic-Adriatic Corridor.
- Meeting with the Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Mr. Samo Omerzel, on 2 July 2014 in Ljubljana
The European Coordinator visited Slovenia on 2 July 2014. On this occasion, he presented his vision for the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor to the Minister of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Mr. Omerzel. The Minister stressed upon the potential and impact of infrastructure investments on the jobs and growth agenda. He also highlighted that the political priority in Slovenia is set on railway investments. Furthermore, both exchanged upon innovative ways of financing infrastructure and the need to call for third party financing. In the end, representatives of the Ministry presented the new national programme for transport to the Coordinator.
The strong governmental support for investments in the railway infrastructure was also outlined by Mr. Milan Jelenc (Director and Member of the Board of the Slovenian railways SZ) whom Mr. Bodewig met prior to the ministerial meeting. The upgrade of the rail freight connection to the Port of Koper was particularly pointed out as a priority investment.
- Meeting with the Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Mrs. Elzbieta Bieńkowska, on 24 June 2014 in Warsaw
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development of Poland, Mrs. Bieńkowska, welcomed the European Coordinator on 24 June in Warsaw. She emphasized that the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor is of utmost importance for Poland and that this Corridor has already started to have its own life in Poland. Indeed, many debates and conferences have already been devoted to this Corridor that has its starting point in the Polish ports. The European Coordinator highlighted the importance of coming to a sound work plan at the end of the year with the overall objective of creating a comprehensive European transport network. In this regard, he particularly offered his assistance in finding solutions for the removal of bottlenecks at the borders.
Before the meeting in the Ministry, Mr. Bodewig also met the Vice-President of PKP PLK S.A. (Polish Railway Lines) and the General Director of GDDKiA (General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways). Both infrastructure managers presented the current state of the railway and road infrastructure in Poland and described its main bottlenecks along the Corridor. The European Coordinator explained in which way the Corridor forum meetings and later on its work plan could and should address those bottlenecks.
- Meeting with Mr. Prachař, the CZ Minister of Transport, on 15 May 2014 in Prague
Mr. Bodewig met Mr. Prachař, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic, on 15 May in Prague in order to present his mandate and mission as European Coordinator and the steps to take for the elaboration of the Corridor work plan. Both highlighted the European added value of the Corridor activities and the importance of removing bottlenecks and addressing cross-border issues along the Corridor. Prior to the exchange with the Minister, Mr. Bodewig held a working session with several directors responsible for transport strategy, infrastructure, railways and international affairs within the Ministry. The recently approved transport master plan was presented and major projects and bottlenecks with regard to the rail and road infrastructure were discussed. Plans to improve the spatial planning and environmental procedures for transport infrastructure projects were also exchanged upon. In addition, the European Coordinator had the opportunity to have bilateral discussions with Mr. Nejezchleb (Deputy Director General of the Czech railways SZDC) and Mr. Cizek (Director of the Construction Section of the Road and Motorway Directorate). In these meetings, the main infrastructure developments and plans for rail and road as well as the critical issues along the Baltic-Adriatic-Corridor in the Czech Republic were addressed from a more technical point of view of the infrastructure managers. Mr. Bodewig stressed upon the importance to involve the relevant stakeholders in the Corridor activities.