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Parliamentary questions
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24 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jörgen Warborn
 Subject: Poor infrastructure between major cities in Scandinavia

STRING is a cross-border infrastructure cooperation project involving regions and cities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. The aim is to boost regional development along the length of the corridor from Hamburg to Oslo, via Copenhagen and Gothenburg. A combined total of 11.5 million people live along the route. And yet despite the importance of the region in European terms, there are still major shortcomings when it comes to infrastructure, which are hampering the region’s potential for growth. For example, there is still no robust, high-capacity rail link between Gothenburg and Oslo, the third and fourth largest cities in Scandinavia respectively. As well as hampering growth, poor infrastructure also means that it will be extremely difficult to meet the climate objectives set out in the European Green Deal.

Boosting infrastructure to remove the transport bottlenecks along the TEN-T corridor through the STRING region would generate a great deal of European added value. Unfortunately, however, progress is extremely slow: essentially, nothing has changed for several years.

In the light of the foregoing:

What steps is the Commission willing to take to support the completion of the TEN-T corridor between Gothenburg and Oslo?

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