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Genshagen, 20.12.2012 – On December 19th and 20th 2012 the „RBGC Inter-regional Round Table – Logistics Nodes and Railway Infrastructure in the Rail Baltica Growth Corridor (RBGC) took place in the Castle Genshagen in Ludwigsfelde, Germany.

The Mayors of the City of Ludwigsfelde Frank Gerhard and of the Municipality of Großbeeren Carl Ahlgrimm welcomed together with the Minister for Economic and European Affairs Ralf Christoffers, the representative of the European Commission James Pond and the 65 participants of the conference. International guests were from Belgium, Finland, Lithuania and Poland.

On the first day City of Ludwigsfelde as partner of the RBGC project and Municipality of Großbeeren as associated partner in the project presented the logistics and economic region with the Freight Village Berlin South Großbeeren and the business and industrial parks in Ludwigsfelde. The possibility to exchange experiences about the development of such parks was intensely used by the participants during the visiting tour.

On the second day presentations of national and international representatives of railway infrastructure companies and logistics experts were in focus. The presentations gave the basis for an intensive discussion about development possibilities along the Rail Baltica development corridor. „It has to be understood, that such a project is not just pushed by economic considerations. The time horizon has to be seen with a long term view“, commented Mark Renner Director of the LNBB business office, who moderated the expert talks. „Finally the strategic EU approach shall bring advantages to all members of the EU“.

The roundtable conference was organised by IPG Infrastruktur- und Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Potsdam, contracted by the City of Ludwigsfelde and the municipality of Großbeeren. IPG managing director Rüdiger Hage made suggestions as quintessence of the until todays work in the project for a further cooperation. „It is necessary to develop a platfrom, to exchange information and experiences constantly for new development and networking solutions among the acteurs of logistics centres and along the Rail Baltica“, commented Mr. Hage.

A possible continuation was also seen by Wilfried Thielicke, Business Developer of the City of Ludwigsfelde, and James Pond, Corridor Manager of the European Commission. Especially the necessary establishment of an internet based tool to connect the locations and to strengthen the railway along the corridor were discussed as future focus areas.