by Bartosz Dąbrowski
The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), initially adopted in 1996, was given new guidelines fordevelopment in December 2013 by the European Parliament and the European Council. It is expected to befully functioning by 2050, with parts classifed as the Core Network expected to be ready by 2030.
A couple of years into this pan-European megaproject, with the construction of many network corridors underway, including the ones in the Baltic Sea region (BSR), it is already possible to assess their impact in the region.
The current European Union budget for the 2014-2019 period prioritises nine Core Network Corridors (CNCs), four of which cross the BSR, connecting the region's countries with other major economies located by the Mediterranean, North, Adriatic, and Black seas.
As the TENTacle report Impact analysis of the TEN-T Core Network Corridors in the Baltic Sea Region observes, the TEN-T network aims at serving trade flows not only in the EU, but to trade further east to Russia, Asia and also Africa.Download PDF