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EUSBSR Flagship status for COMBINE

COMBINE was approved as Flagship of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the National Coordinators' meeting in Copenhagen this May. COMBINE is a flagship under the EUSBSR Policy Area (PA) Transport. Flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region demonstrate the progress of the Strategy and may serve as pilot examples for desired action in a given field.

“Within our COMBINE project we aim at enhancing the share of combined transport in the Baltic Sea Region in order to make transport more efficient and environmentally friendly. During our project work, we encourage macro-regional transfer of sustainable solutions in freight transfer and exchange best practices and experience in implementing innovations and smart technology measures among the EU Member States. The EUSBSR Flagship status is a confirmation that our efforts are well in line with the EUSBSR Action Plan”, said Nikola Košvancová, COMBINE Project Manager from the project’s Lead Partner Port of Hamburg Marketing. 

COMBINE will contribute to achieving the objects of PA Transport action No. 3 “Encourage macro-regional transfer of sustainable solutions in passenger and freight transport” pursuing to develop and implement logistic solutions that are based on strengthening of different combined transport concepts. The output of COMBINE is expected to deliver important contributions to the Action Plan.

The COMBINE project contributes to the exchange of best practices and experience in implementing innovations and smart technology measures among the EU Member States in the fields of combined transport, combined terminals, high-capacity transport and platooning in the Baltic Sea Region.

The COMBINE project also supports the improvement of transport conditions in less populated areas where access to larger markets can be challenging due to low transportation flows. Northernmost parts of the region are dependent on a well-functioning and reliable transport system as a connection to the world market.
 
An improved combined transport system will help to overcome these challenges. Further political support by the Member States is ensured by having involved all national transport ministries either as partner or associated organisation of the COMBINE project.

Thus, COMBINE will assist to get combined transport the attention and to fulfil the assigned role in the future traffic system of the Baltic Sea Region. COMBINE will improve transport links, increase efficiency and minimize the environmental impact of transport system according to EUSBSR action plan.