BTO workshop in Stockholm 20 sept 2012

Baltic Transport Outlook 2030 is an EU funded project and a strategic priority within the Baltic Sea Strategy that was adopted by the European Council in October 2009.

The overall aim of the project is to achieve better prerequisites for national long term infrastructure planning in the Baltic Sea region to make the region more accessible and competitive.

The core of the project is a study which map the transport infrastructure and the flows of goods and passengers � between the countries in the region and between the region and other areas. Scenarios are presented for developments until 2030.

The main conclusion from the BTO study is that in spite of many bilateral and multilateral initiatives of co-operation between the Baltic Sea countries, there is a vast potential for more intense co-operation at all levels, i.e. between governments, non-governmental
organisations and the private sector.

The study (completed in December 2011) has prioritised four main recommendations:

1. Establish a process of joint infrastructure planning of the Strategic BSR Transport Networks for both short-term and long-term horizon, comprising the institutional framework with full planning and monitoring (implementation, operation and maintenance) capabilities with clear strategies for border-crossing planning management. 

2. Develop a transport model that takes into account the specificities of the BSR, including the Baltic Sea and the vital connections across the sea. Ensure continuous data collection in order to obtain accurate results.

3. Improve efficiency of cross-border movements of cargo on the external EU-borders by tackling administrative and fiscal barrier. 

4. Establish a �BTO Forum� for increased cooperation and interaction between the different stakeholders in the BSR, with annual or bi-annual meetings, discussing updates on the issues stemming from the BTO2030 study.

Click here for the final results