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.
Contact Mr Kurt Bodewig here.
- 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.