Orient / East-Med (OEM) Corridor Conference

Connecting Spaces of European Importance

16th and 17th of January 2020

TU Wien


Over the past four years, an international working group under the umbrella of the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) has been dealing with the issue of sustainable spatial and rail transport development along the Orient/East-Med Core Network Corridor (OEM) of the European Union. Chaired by Prof. em. Dr. Bernd Scholl from ETH Zurich, the working group was composed of academics and practitioners from the field of planning. To give the working group members a better grasp of the predetermined circumstances, open questions and the tasks involved in improving the corridor, regular meetings were scheduled with high-ranking politicians, business people and academics in the so-called ’hotspots’ along the corridor.

In spring 2019, the preliminary research findings were published in the ARL Position Paper 112. Against the background of extensive investments within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the report highlights the need for urgent cross-border action be­tween institutions to steer the development in a sustainable manner. It also became clear, that Austria – and particularly Vienna as a main node in the corridor – plays an important role in the undertaking and therefore faces immense challenges.


In this context, the Viennese OEM Corridor Conference on the 16th and 17th of January 2020 hosted by TU Wien, Institute of Spatial Planning, offered the opportunity to exchange ideas between partners of the ARL working group as well as other parties interested in further cooperation on the topic of spatial and transport development along the corridor.


The ARL Position Paper can be found at:



The ARL Publication online available at: