The Fehmarnbelt Days deal with key areas, such as infrastructure, tourism, business, the labour market, transport and logistics as well as education and research. It hosts and is accompanied by a variety of social and cultural events. One activity during the Fehmarnbelt Days, titled “Effects of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link on Commodity Flows and Economic Development” is hosted by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project TENTacle . The project is represented by Port of Hamburg Marketing, the leader of the “Fehmarnbelt Pilot Case”, one of its seven pilot cases. Experts are invited to discuss different views on the impact of the Fehmarnbelt fixed link on the transport and logistics sector. Ms Katja Höltkemeier, Project Manager at Port of Hamburg Marketing, says that the reason why TENTacle is taking the opportunity to host an activity during the Fehmarnbelt Days is to get close to the affected stakeholders and to increase the awareness of the upcoming changes in the local/regional planning as well as the transport and logistics industry environment.
The TENTacle project aims to improve stakeholder capacity to reap benefits of the implementation of the core transport network corridors in the Baltic Sea Region. The project partnership, which is led by Region Blekinge (Sweden) and includes organisations from all eleven Baltic Sea Region countries, will organise a joint response to identified capacity challenges and will assist public and market players around the Baltic Sea with solutions enhancing their ability to capitalise on the core network corridors, irrespective of the geographical location.
Ms Höltkemeier emphasises the benefits of working in transnational projects to strengthen networks, learning from each other and to jointly achieve common goals on transport policy and infrastructure planning.
The Baltic Sea Region is crossed by three core transport network corridors, which together have the potential to stimulate positive effects beyond the pure transport sector and beyond the immediate territories they cross. Opening it up for a broader group of stakeholders and a wider geographical area requires tackling of capacity challenges related with insufficient awareness, engagement, knowledge and interacting abilities of the relevant public and market players. Mr Wiktor Szydarowski, Project Manager at Region Blekinge, concludes “Through intensive stakeholder dialogue and additional analyses the TENTacle project will work out win-win solutions for all Baltic Sea Region territories, irrespective of the distance to the core transport network corridors.”
In September 2008, Denmark and Germany signed a treaty to construct a fixed link crossing the Fehmarnbelt. This link will be part of the Scandinavian–Mediterranean TEN-T core network corridor.
The Fehmarnbelt is a strait connecting the Bay of Kiel and the Bay of Mecklenburg in the Western part of the Baltic Sea between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland. Ferries connect Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark. The strait features an 18-kilometre wide area with depths of 20–30 metres.