Second Round of the NSB CoRe Regional Workshops

Last months have been quite intense in the development of a spatial vision for the NSB CoRe corridor. The Vision is being elaborated by the VASAB Secretariat in order to enhance regional development, logistics and mobility. Previously we have let you know how the first rounds of workshops to elaborate SWOT analysis went, now we have concluded also the second round of regional workshops in Warsaw, Kaunas and Vaasa.
Main focus of the workshops were regional benefits of improved accessibility along NSB CoRe corridor, setting future scope, identification of 2nd level networks as well as discussing needs to improve the corridor.

The second round of the regional workshops started in Warsaw, Poland November, 2017. In the workshop stakeholders from Germany and Poland took part in the discussion with the main focus on how to achieve wanted accessibility at the agglomeration, regional and transnational level. During the workshop participants identified the most critical obstacles and needs to get done to get pass these obstacles as well as the transport network bottlenecks. In relation to the discussions, five-point action plan was identified for each level.

The discussions started in Warsaw was further extended in the workshop in Kaunas, Lithuania this year in beginning of February. Main point of discussion for stakeholders from Lithuania and Poland was the development of the 2nd level connections including the cross-border network connections. As a crucial part for the spatial vision it was stated that NSB CoRe corridor will serve as a backbone for the 2nd level connections that helps to improve the accessibility of the Baltic States. The hot topic raised by stakeholders was the discussion about the need of a rail connection between the capital cities in the eastern Baltic Sea Region.

Similarly as in Warsaw and Kaunas, needs and bottlenecks were a topic for a discussion in the workshop in Vaasa, Finland in March. This workshop concentrated on the NSB CoRe most Northern part and discussed topics overlapped with E12 transport corridor. Participants discussed the question “By 2050, what kind of changes would NSB corridor have caused?”. As a result the most important expected changes from the stakeholder’s point of view related to attractiveness of the region in terms of investments and tourism, as well as decreased travel times and its positive consequences.

With the finalized two rounds of stakeholder involvement activities VASAB Secretariat is one step closer to the most challenging task – elaboration of a long-term spatial perspective. The results from the workshop discussions serve as an input for a further development of the long-term spatial perspective. The draft spatial vision will be released already in the second half of 2018.

Find more information about the discussed topics in the summary of each regional workshop:
Download Warsaw summary 14/11/2017
Download Kaunas summary 08/02/2018
Download Vaasa summary 14/03/2018

If You have any further questions, please contact Liene Stikane, Spatial planner, e-mail

VASAB Secretariat is elaborating the vision as part of the NSB CoRe (North Sea-Baltic Connector of the Regions) project Work package 4 ”Spatial planning for NSB CoRe Network Development” that is co-financed by the ERDF and made possible by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme.

The City of Hämeenlinna and Growth Corridor Finland are members of NSB Core – Project.