European collaboration along the Rotterdam-Genoa transport corridor
Regional Minister Rik Janssen attended the general meeting of the ‘Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTS’ on 6 November 2017 in Strasbourg, France. This alliance was established in 2015 to improve the collaboration of the regional partners along this important European transport axis and to take up the complex challenges along this corridor.
The Province of Zuid-Holland became a member of this European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Rhine-Alpine (EGTC) in 2016. The Thine-Alpine corridor runs through Zuid-Holland and is one of the 9 most important and largest routes through Europe in road, air, water and rail transport. The EGTC was established to manage the regional interests in the development of the corridor between Rotterdam and Genoa, to develop joint projects, to share knowledge and to represent the regions in the European corridor-forming process.
Talks on recent logistic developments
The meeting was the sixth time that 20 regions as well as port industries from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland came together to discuss recent logistic developments and joint projects. It was also decided to have a European congress on 7 June 2018 in Brussels, during which the EGTC members will engage European policy makers in a dialogue on the busiest European trade route.
More collaboration in inland shipping along the corridor
The province joined this interregional alliance because the Rhine-Alpine corridor is of major importance to the logistic industry in the province. Strengthening of the infrastructure by rail, road and water is a subject high on the provincial agenda. Regional Minister Rik Janssen argued for more collaboration in inland shipping along the corridor. As an example, the Regional Minister mentioned the harmonious collaboration within the European CLINSH project, in which over 15 parties have united to achieve more sustainable inland shipping. EU-Corridor Coordinator Catherine Trautmann and Mr Bruno Georges, secretary-general of the Central Committee for the Rhine shipping joined him in that. This could be further expanded in corridor context.
In the Fall of 2018, the general meeting of the EBCT Rhine-Alpine will be organised in Zuid-Holland. The intention is to combine this event with the annual Flemish-Dutch Delta 2018 congress on 7 November, with the Rotterdam-Antwerp corridor as main theme. This choice was made because both regional collaborations work towards strengthening the seaports with hinterland connections.