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Constitutive meeting on the 2nd of November

After the approvals of the Czech and Saxony regulatory bodies, the foundation of EGTC was officially announced in the official Journal of the 1th of September 2016 (Sächsische Amtsblatt Nr. 35/2016). The Committee of the Regions in Brussels has been already informed.

The first constitutive meeting took place on the 2nd of November 2016 in the State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour (SMWA). The main focus of this first meeting was the work plan for 2017 and the following years, the budget for 2017 and determination of the permanent representatives of members.

The Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic have founded an „European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation“ (EGTC)

On the 29th of April 2016 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 new railway line through the Ore Mountains can reduce travel time for passenger transport between Dresden and Prague from currently more than 2 hours to less than 1 hour, increase capacity for freight transport, reduce noise and traffic pollution in the Elbe Valley and provide a flood-safe connection to the Czech Republic. The founding of the EGTC for this important cross border project affirms its commitment to the new railway line”, so the Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, Martin Dulig. “We have to set the course for the planning - in Saxony, in the Czech Republic, at the EU-Commission as also at the Deutsche Bahn. Therefore all participants expect now a clear statement from the German government for this European long-term project.”

The cross border railway line between Dresden and Prague along the river Elbe is one of the most serious bottlenecks in the European core network corridor Orient/East-Med. This is also confirmed by European studies. To realise the forecasted freight transport growth rates, the new construction of the railway line outside the Elbe Valley is mandatory. The joint study shows solutions for this. EU Coordinator Mr. Grosch: “This railway line is one of the most important ones for Europe to open the bottleneck between the harbours in Northern and Southern Europe. We all agree that the railway line has to come now.”

To promote this important infrastructure project, the Czech Republic and the Free State of Saxony as well as the regions “Ústecký kraj” and “Landkreis Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge” have agreed to establish the EGTC. In less than one year all partners coordinated the responsibilities and prepared the required documents.

Main task of the EGTC is the support of regulatory and technical requirements, the project initiation and the coordination for public relation. The EGTC will be based in Dresden. 


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