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The Jutland Corridor – English Northern European Growth Area

The German federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg as well as Western Denmark share a common area called the Jutland route corridor. This corridor is a growth area in Northern Europe along an internal border within the European Union.

Northern European Growth Area

The German and Danish regions along the A 7/E 45 have common traits concerning economic structures, complement each other in this regard and hence exhibit manifold cross-border economic development potentials. Examples for such regional strengths are health care industries, wind power, logistics as well as specialisations within education, research and development.

Overall, The Jutland route corridor is embedded into an environment of economically dynamic regions. It does not only link Germany and Denmark but it is also an important connection to the Öresund region, southern Norway and western Sweden. It is a crucial link between Central Europe and Scandinavia and should hence increasingly be moved into European focus.

Attractive locational factors and economic opportunities of the Jutland corridor

The corridor comprises the three regions of Jutland, lager parts of Schleswig-Holstein and the city of Hamburg.  On total, it covers an area of around 46,113.7 km². The area is inhabited by roughly 7 million people. With 3.5 million of these being employed - around 20% of them in the manufacturing sector - the corridor is an important market and trading partner from the overall European perspective. Hence, it is an attractive location for entrepreneurs. The regions and cities of the Jutland route corridor exhibit a variety of location advantages. Companies profit from being close to foreign markets and cross-border labour markets. Sharing a common border within the European Union discloses economic opportunities due to positive impacts of cross-cultural competences as well as of national diversity.

The specific spatial structure along the Jutland route needs to be considered. There is a dense network of cities comprising larger cities like Hamburg, Kiel, Neumünster, Flensburg, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg and Esbjerg.  In the future, cities will increasingly work as engines of regional development.

German-Danish project on economic potentials of the Jutland route corridor

In December 2013, a German-Danish initiative started by which the specific locational conditions and the global competitiveness of the Jutland route corridor shall be promoted. This is the declared aim of the municipalities, regions and cities in the Jutland route corridor on both sides of the German-Danish border. This shall be realised within a joint project in the course of 2014, in which a statistical analysis shall deliver a clear picture of the socio-economic conditions, structures and potentials in the Jutland route corridor.

Based on such analyses, forward-looking fields of cross-border cooperation as well as approaches towards their practical usage shall be defined. The project is conducted by experts from the Danish consultancy CoWi and the German consultancy Georg Consulting Hamburg. The project team will develop an implementation plan to set up cross-border cooperation networks and to help realise pilot projects. This concept will consider fields of cooperation related to specific topics, such as infrastructure, green economy, logistics or the educational sector.

The results are not only aimed towards administrations and companies within the corridor, but also towards the governing bodies in Copenhagen, Berlin and Brussels.

Transnational conferences

For communicating and discussing economic potentials and strategic issues of the Jutland corridor there will be two transnational large-scale conferences. The first one will take place in Vejle in Syddanmark on 4th June 2014.  The second conference, in Schleswig-Holstein, is scheduled for November 2014. Main objectives of the conferences are the activation of stakeholders, spreading information to policy makers and to develop pilot projects for supporting the socio-economic future of the Jutland route in a cross-border context. It has been agreed upon that subsequently to the analysis, the partners will summarise results and recommendations within a strategic plan and openly discuss is with political decision makers and the professional public. The research is being financed by the Danish regions, the four Danish cities of Aarhus, Aalborg, Esbjerg and Odense, the development Council of South Jutland (URS) as well as by the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the city of Hamburg and the European Union (ERDF). In addition, several municipalities both in Germany and in Denmark are involved. The project “Jutland route corridor” is a pilot project within the INTERREG IVC-project URMA (Urban Rural Partnerships in Metropolitan Areas), which connects partners from all over Europe under the lead of the HafenCity University Hamburg.

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