Eurodelta tackles Corridors
Important bundles of infrastructure run through The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, to transport people and goods.
These 'corridors' should be looked at in the coming years, to prevent the hopeless congestion of goods and passenger flows. We are talking about the modalities road, water, rail and pipe lines. The 3 countries have decided to share more data with each other. The cross-border cooperation creates a clearer picture of the measures necessary for an accessible future. From 24 t/m 27 September 2018, data analysts and domain specialists worked together on this task during the second DataDomainDays organised by the Province of Zuid-Holland.
The corridor from Rotterdam to the Ruhr Area and the corridor from Amsterdam/Rotterdam to Flanders were key in this. This area is known as the Eurodelta. Employees of Province of Zuid-Holland collaborated with people of the CBS, Rijkswaterstaat, the Deltametropool Association and the Provinces of Gelderland, Noord-Brabant, Flanders and Nord-RheinWestphalia. On 27 September, in the presence of Regional Ministers Jeannette Baljeu and Floor Vermeulen, the results were presented.
The Eurodelta has about 40 million inhabitants. Characteristic features are the high-quality technology and the knowledge clusters. Among other things, the way in which transport influences the business and knowledge climate was considered during the DataDomainDays. More specifically, the 'Brain Train'. Chinese high-speed trains between 113 highly developed cities served as an example. Scientific research has shown that these trains have a strong positive effect on economic development.
There are good connections to the south from Brussels and to the east from Aachen, but there is ample room for improvement in Brainport Eindhoven. The lack of fast connections with other brain ports is clearly felt there. Eindhoven is a major hub for technological developments and a spider in the Eurodelta knowledge web. That is why Menno Menist, director of Panteia, pleaded for better international cooperation. He stated that countries have different definitions and that systems do not link up. In addition to day trains, more night trains are needed. And besides the frequency, the quality has to increase, starting with high-speed Wi-Fi access in the trains.
Interests on the Table
According to Frans Boekema, emeritus professor of regional economy, we must learn to think European. The Dutch must forget about their Randstad-thinking, it is time for a Eurodelta-strategy. Simon Hanekroot van Duisport indicates that they would also like to improve the cooperation with The Netherlands. He advocates to lay the interests out on the table. That takes time. The Netherlands, Germany and Flanders all have different angles.
Deputy Jeannette Baljeu noticed much enthusiasm among the participants and was pleased to note that we and our partners jointly use data to get new insights. "Data-driven work must become a circle in which we complement each other. It is important to make data public, so that it can be of use and eventually lead to new innovations." Her fellow Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen mentioned the accuracy and reliability of data. "With common standards and comparability of data the possibilities of use increase." Erik Verroen of Rijkswaterstaat observed that a "better common image” had been formed” and "that we had jointly become consciously inefficient in the field of data on goods flows". That is a prerequisite of learning. Paul Gerretsen of the Deltametropool Association underlined the importance of a shared image. The right data then feed the proper imaging.
The results and insights of these DataDomainDays are input for the Corridor Week, which takes place from 6 to 8 November in Aachen and Rotterdam.