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The Port of Kokkola aims to become a part of the European TEN-T core network

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The City of Kokkola wants to further strengthen the role of its port within the national and international network of ports. That is why it is proposing that the Port of Kokkola be included in the European TEN-T core network, which is currently being reformed. According to current information, the European Commission will present its proposal for the new Regulation in November 2021.

Port of Kokkola, All Weather Terminal
Port of Kokkola, All Weather Terminal

The reform of the TEN-T Regulation currently under way is a rare opportunity to rectify shortcomings in the comprehensiveness of the TEN-T network. In Finland, these shortcomings mainly apply to the northern parts of the country. As it is now, the core network that extends to Northern Finland and the new North Sea–Baltic core network corridor does not include a single port, airport or urban node belonging to the core network. The Finnish ports that belong to the TEN-T core network are the ports of Helsinki, KotkaHamina, Turku and Naantali, all in the south.

Why should the Port of Kokkola be connected to the TEN-T core network?

“Expanding the TENT-T core network to Kokkola would underline and further strengthen the port’s role as a pillar of the international network of ports,” says Development Director Jonne Sandberg. “The Port of Kokkola is the largest of the Finnish ports outside the current core network and, in terms of its technical features, the best suited candidate for a new core network port. It plays a particularly significant role as a hub of Finnish export industries and as the regional growth engine of Northern and Central Finland.”

The Port of Kokkola would be an excellent link to the Luleå core network port and a natural addition to the expanding North Sea–Baltic core network corridor, which currently does not include a port in Finland. “Kokkola already meets the criteria for the TEN-T core network as it is, and we will continue to strengthen its infrastructure in line with what is required of core network ports,” says Mayor of Kokkola Stina Mattila.

Background to the TEN-T network

Regulation (1315/2013) of the European Parliament and of the Council issued in 2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network includes requirements for the TEN-T traffic infrastructure and maps of the TEN-T networks. The guidelines specify the long-term strategy for TEN-T policies, extending to 2030 and 2050. The aim of the guideline proposal is to determine a comprehensive trans-European transport network that encompasses railways, inland waterways, roads, marine and air traffic. This transport network should ensure smooth and well-functioning movement within the internal market, which, in turn, would strengthen Europe’s economic, regional and social cohesion.

Uniform requirements regarding the infrastructure have been established in the Regulation. The transport network is to be developed by creating new infrastructures, repairing and improving existing ones and implementing measures to make use of resources more effectively. The infrastructure of the transport network encompasses railways, inland waterways, roads, marine and air traffic networks and multimodal transport systems.

TEN-T consists of a comprehensive network that is due for completion by the end of 2050, as well as a core network that is expected to be finished by the end of 2030. The comprehensive network consists of the quite dense system of railways, roads, inland waterways, ports and airports that is based on national networks. This comprehensive network forms the basic layer of the TEN-T network. The core network consists of the strategically most important parts of the transport network and forms the backbone of European transport. The core network includes arterial routes and transport nodes that are vital for traffic within the internal market and between the EU, its neighbours and the rest of the world.

In the spring of 2019, the Commission began a review of the Union’s guidelines set in the Regulation with the aim of developing the TEN-T network. According to current information, the Commission will present its proposal for a new Regulation in November 2021, which will launch a reading in the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in accordance with ordinary legislative procedures.

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Kokkolan kaupunki on Keski-Pohjanmaan kaksikielinen maakuntakeskus, jossa asukkaita on noin 48.000. Kokkolan elinkeinoelämän veturi on kansainvälisestikin merkittävä kemianteollisuuden keskittymä, jota täydentävät Suomen suurin raideliikenne- ja panamaxsatama sekä monipuolinen yritystoimijoiden verkosto. Myös monipuoliset tapahtumat, matkailu ja loma-asuminen tuovat kaupunkiin kävijöitä.

Kuningas Kustaa II Aadolf perusti Kokkolan kaupungin 400 vuotta sitten Pohjanlahden rannalle. Meri on tuonut mukanaan vahvat kaupan ja logistiikan perinteet merenkulusta ja laivanrakennuksesta teollisuuteen ja sivistykseen. Sijainti meren ja lentoyhteyksien äärellä, pääradan ja E8-tien varrella varmistaa niin ihmisten, tavaroiden kuin ideoidenkin liikkuvuuden.