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Kurt Bodewig

Kurt Bodewig was born on 26 April 1955 near Düsseldorf in Germany.

Previous assignments

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

Current tasks

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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Missions 2014 

  • 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 pdf - 892 KB [892 KB] 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.