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Presentation of the new Railway Line Dresden – Prague in Brussel

EGTC in Brussels

From the left: Thomas Wobben (European Committee of the Regions), Mathieu Grosch (Coordinator for the TEN-T Orient/East-Med Corridor), Martin Dulig (Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport), Petra Heldt (Director EGTC), Luboš Knížek (Czech Ministry of Transport), Mike Flügel (Deutsche Bahn)
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On 19 June 2018, the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) invited an interested expert audience to an information event in Brussels for the presentation of the new Dresden - Prague railway line. The EGTC was founded specially for this German-Czech infrastructure project with a European dimension and will provide support for the planning work starting this year. In addition to comprehensive information on the integration of the project into the trans-European transport network, the event also provided an opportunity for an exchange of ideas with European experts on railway infrastructure.

In his welcome address, Martin Dulig, Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, referred to the importance of the new line for Saxony's economy and for intensifying relations with the Czech Republic in areas such as the cross-border education, labour market and tourism.

Mathieu Grosch, Coordinator of the TEN-T Orient/East Med Corridor, emphasised the creation of new capacities for freight trains and the elimination of the existing bottleneck in rail traffic between Germany and the Czech Republic. For this reason, EU support for the project should be a priority in the future. At the same time, he recommended a rapid planning process to benefit from European funding from the CEF programme.

Luboš Knížek from the Czech Ministry of Transport explained the cooperation with the German partners in planning the cross-border section between Heidenau and Ústí nad Labem and the ongoing feasibility study for the subsequent route to Prague. Both projects are part of the concept for a high-speed rail network in the Czech Republic.

Mike Flügel, representing Deutsche Bahn, informed about the current steps up to the start of the planning process for the cross-border line with the approximately 26 km long Ore Mountains Tunnel. DB AG will plan the tunnel route in cooperation with the Czech infrastructure manager SŽDC in accordance with German regulations. The basis is the planning study from 2015 funded by the EU TEN-T programme. The regional planning procedure is scheduled to start at the end of 2018.

The Director of the EGTC, Petra Heldt, explained in her presentation how her institution - which includes the Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic as well as the two local authorities in the catchment area of the border section - intends to contribute to the accompanying public relations work and to the coordination between regional authorities and planners. This is the first Saxon-Czech association of this kind.

Thomas Wobben, Director of the European Committee of the Regions, believes that the EGTC for the new Dresden-Prague line is a good example of how this instrument of territorial cooperation can be used for the integration of border regions. In total, there are currently around 70 EGTC cooperations throughout Europe.

Presentation of New Railway Line Dresden – Prague at InnoTrans 2016

06.06.2016

From the 20th – 23rd September 2016 the InnoTrans will take place in Berlin. InnoTrans Berlin is the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology - Innovative Components, Vehicles and Systems.

The Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA) will participate at the InnoTrans for the sixth time. At the “Sachsen-live-stand” of the Saxony Economic Development Corporation the SMWA will inform about the planned project of the new railway line between Dresden and Prague and results of the common Saxon-Czech EU-funded study “Preliminary Planning Services new high speed rail line Dresden – Prague”. 

 

 

„TEN-T Days 2016“ in Rotterdam

From 20.-22.06.2016 the TEN-T Days took place in Rotterdam, Niederlande. The European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, invitet to discuss the development of the Trans-European Transport Network, with a special focus on the Core Network Corridors, ERTMS and Motorways of the Sea (MoS), their implementation and financing. 

The Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA) and the Czech Ministry of Transport participated together with a stand at the accompanying exhibition.

 

Front of the stand of the new railway line Dresden - Prague

(© SMWA 2016 )

Ing. Dan Ťok, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic (center of the picture);
Ing. Luděk Sosna, Strategy Section of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic;
Petra Heldt, unit 62 / Strategy and planning, railway, TEN-T at the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

New Railway Line Dresden – Prague: The Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic founded an „European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation“ (EGTC)

02.05.2016

On the 29th of April 2016 in Ústí nad Labem the Czech Ministry of Transport together with the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport presented the results of the study to preliminary planning services for the new railway line between Dresden and Prague and signed the foundation documents for the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). The Czech Minister of Transport Dan Ťok had invited the State Minister Martin Dulig, EU-Coordinator Matthieu Grosch and representatives of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Main tasks of the EGTC, based in Dresden, are technical and organizational support, project initiation and coordination as well as public relations regarding the new railway line.

 

 

Information event New Railway Line Dresden – Prague

15.01.2016

On the 14th January 2016 the first presentation of main results of the study took place in the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport.

The participants came from communities along the new railway line, DB Netz AG, Saxon state authorities and experts of Czech and Saxon side.

 

Study „Preliminary Planning Services new high speed rail line Dresden – Prague” successfully completed

10.01.2016

This study, which is EU funded by the TEN-T-Program has been finalized in time at the end of December 2015.

It comprises preliminary planning services for the border crossing route section between Heidenau (D) and Ústí n.L. (CZ) as well as the continuation of the route to Prague. Examined were environmental, operational, economic, legal and time requirements necessary for the high speed railway line, suitable for passenger and freight traffic. The optimised route considers primarily the criteria of minimal potential for conflicts. Therefore, the favourite route option is widely by-passing residential and ecologically sensitive areas.

 

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