Whilst Europe is expanding its infrastructure, for example by introducing high speed trains in a number of places, the progress of such investments is slow in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak-region. Environmentally friendly and quick transport of goods and people is crucial when it comes to strengthening the region’s ability to be competitive in a European and global setting.
Corridor of Innovation and Cooperation (COINCO) North is a strategic development project, aimed at strengthening sustainable growth and development of the Oslo-Gothenburg-Malmo corridor. The main aim of the project was to promote sustainable economic growth by reducing travel time, create new arenas for business cooperation, stimulate closer academic cooperation and strengthen the marketing of the region as an attractive place to live, visit, invest in and locate new business. The project takes a strategic approach. Long term beneficiaries will be businesses, academia and the general public. In short term and medium term, the beneficiaries will be decision makers and other stakeholders within the region itself, on the national level in Sweden and Norway and on the EU-level, as well as students and businesses.
The project was organized in work packages: Infrastructure for transport, Innovation and business and culture and entertainment. COINCO North has brought the different parts of the Kattegat/Skagerrak region together by building up an environmental friendly infrastructure and better conditions for development of the economy, culture and experiences. The project has also collaborated with IBU Öresund, another project in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak program who focused on improving the infrastructure for transports in the Öresund region.
The main outcomes of the project are a common understanding of the transport and the situation of development of trade and industry in the region and the development of a knowledgebase that can lead to a more effective transport system and reduced travel time within the region.