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Publication Implementing the Territorial Agenda 2020

Enhancing regional potentials in the context of further developing the TEN-T

Editor: BMVI Series: BMVI-Online-Publikation Issue: 07/2015 Published: August 2015 ISSN: 2364-6020 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201508264446


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After the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty territorial cohesion has become an objective of EU policies. The Territorial Agenda 2020 (TA2020) aims at realising territorial cohesion by defining several priorities and highlighting that it requires close cooperation between sector and spatial development policies. This cooperation is the main topic of this study. Using the example of trans-European transport networks, linkages between transport and spatial development policy were analysed.

The analyses were conducted in the light of the European guidelines for developing a trans-European transport network (TEN-T). The TEN-T guidelines form the legal framework for this EU sector policy. In Decision No. 1692/96/EG (1996) the main features for the development of a trans-European transport network were laid down. Since then, different adjustments have been made. Not least due to comprehensive changes of the context, a fundamental realignment became necessary. This realignment was done in the context of the revision process completed in December 2013.

Published by
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Berlin
Division G 31

Research Contractor
Dr Sabine Zillmer (Coordination), Christian Lüer
in cooperation with
Spiekermann & Wegener Stadt- und Regionalforschung (S&W), Dortmund
Dr Klaus Spiekermann, Prof. Michael Wegener

Scientific support
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and
Spatial Development (BBSR) within the
Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Bonn
Dr Wilfried Görmar, Bernd Buthe



  1. Introduction
  2. Methodology and understanding

    2.1 Methodological approach

    2.2 What does 'linking transport networks' mean?

  3. Regional impacts of trans-European transport networks

    3.1 Analysed scenarios of transport infrastructure development

    3.2 Regional impacts in Germany

    3.3 Regional impacts in model corridors

  4. International practical examples and regional approaches

    4.1 Governance structures when planning major infrastructure projects

    4.2 Deregulating local public transport to secure transport supply

    4.3 Goods transport remote from the corridor axis

    4.4 An integrated approach for the transport sector – and beyond

  5. Conclusions


German version:
Umsetzung der Territorialen Agenda 2020 (BMVI-Online-Publikation 03/2015)
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This publication is a result of the MORO-Study "Implementing the Territorial Agenda 2020: impacts of European sector policies in selected model regions - enhancing regional potentials in the context of further developing the TEN-T".
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