On the 17th of October the round table “Bridging the gap between the TEN-T and the Great North” took place within the framework of the TEN-T days in Tallinn, Estonia.
The seminar aimed to draw a clear picture of the changes that may affect economy, industrial production, trade and political cooperation in the Great North in the forthcoming years, and possible impact on the transport system in the region in terms of new needs for infrastructure and services as well as bridging these with the TENT-T network.
The round table gathered some 160 people from various transport sectors and administrations from many different countries.
The panel consisted of representatives from governing institutions, public services, International Financial Institutions and business community as follows:
• Hanna Lehtinen, Deputy Director General, Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, MFA Finland.
• Dr. Erik Bergkvist, President – Regional Excecutice Committee, Region Vesterbotten, Sweden.
• Torbjorn Naimak, Regional Director Northern region, Norwegian Public Road Administration.
• Dmitriy Chachin, NSR cargo transit development, FSUE ROSATOMFLOT, Russia.
• Felix H. Tschudi, Chairman, Tschudi Shipping Company, Norway.
• Stefan Fridriksson, Senior Manager, Infrastructure, Transportation & Telecom, Nordic Investment Bank, Finland.
During discussions special emphasis was made on better understanding of emerging opportunities, as well as common responsibility to transform these opportunities and needs into concrete actions.
The session was chaired by Mr. Alain Baron, Head of Sector, International Transport Affairs, DG MOVE, and moderated by Mr. Oddgeir Danielsen, director of the NDPTL Secretariat.
Additional information on the TEN-T days and the seminar can be found on TEN-T Days home-page.
The presentations given at the round table: