Cooperative governance for green transport corridors

  • Gunnar PrauseEmail author


The EU White Paper on Transport from 2011 emphasized the green transport corridors (GTC) as sustainable logistics solutions for cargo transportation in the European Union. Until today, the first implementations of GTC concepts have been finalized and the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) enjoys a vanguard position in the development. The results of the first GTC projects showed that besides technical and infrastructural issues the management and governance of GTC play a crucial role in the success and the performance of a corridor.

Already, the GTC definition of the European Commission pointed out the need for an open and fair access to corridors and their trans-shipment facilities, making it possible for every corridor user to participate in the corridor and utilize the GTC resources. The results of realized GCT initiatives highlighted cooperation and cooperative governance models as success factors for GTC implementation and revealed similarities between the management of the GTC resource system and the theory of commons.

The author participated in some GTC initiatives and contributed to the academic discussion of the GTC concept. The paper highlights the current status of research of GTC by focusing on cooperation and governance aspects, its links to common-pool resources and the successful implementation of GTC concepts.


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  1. 1.TallinnEstland

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