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Newsletter # 1 June 2014

Welcome to a fresh newsletter

For nearly three years the political cooperation STRING and the EU financed Green STRING Corridor have shared a newsletter. But now the time has come for change, as the Green STRING Corridor project will have its final conference in October 2014. STRING has also developed into a stronger and more active player in the regional, national and international scene around the development of the corridor between Skåne in Sweden over Zealand to Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg in Germany.
Therefore we need an independent channel to communicate with the tens of thousands of stakeholders in politics, administration, business, culture, education and research that will be affected by the new and improved mobility in this part of the world that comes with investment in new infrastructure in and around the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link.
We would like to develop this newsletter in dialogue with our readers – and we would appreciate your feedback – and also your participation in the debate and the news around the development in the coming years. Please write to us!
We have chosen to issue the newsletter in English to start with. We however appreciate that communication might be made easier using the native languages of our stakeholders – Swedish, Danish and German – and these language versions will be considered in the future.
Kind regards
Jacob Vestergaard
Managing Director STRING
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STRING joins star-studded line-up on Bornholm

STRING provides several platforms for stakeholders to stay up-to-date on the goings-on in the Fehmarnbelt region and to influence this development. One of these important opportunities to network, influence, and gain new knowledge is the so called ‘Folkemødet’ on the Danish island of Bornholm, where politics, people, private and public come together to discuss our joint future.

STRING will this year put its mark on the ‘peoples meeting’ by teaming up with the Öresund Committee to become an official part of the latters programme of activities taking place in Kærnehuset in Allinge.

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Lord Mayor of Copenhagen: Joins Olympics with Hamburg

The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, has suggested a cooperation between Copenhagen and Hamburg: a joint tender to host the Olympics. The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, surprised the participants at the Hamburg Copenhagen Business Forum in the Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg on the 21st of May, according the newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt. Here he suggested that Hamburg and Copenhagen join forces in hosting the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

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STRING draws up plans for green growth

Another important step towards a green growth region is taken when the Fehmarnbelt Days takes place this autumn. This year, Copenhagen delivers the physical framework as the Fehmarnbelt Days run their course from 30 September to 2 October.

Yet again, STRING contributes their strong joint agenda to the Fehmarnbelt Days.
The "Green Growth – Region in Motion'' conference identifies the political and technological framework for green growth. Here, leading politicians and experts from the European Commission, national parliaments and regional authorities provide inspiration and knowledge that supports the green growth strategies in the STRING region, with emphasis on transport.

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Tourism as a catalyst for integration and growth

Six organisations have in the beginning of June 2014 agreed on a project plan for developing tourism projects in the STRING corridor between Skåne in Sweden, over Zealand in Denmark, and to Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg in Germany. The new agreement is the first step in implementing the tourism strategy ”Building Tourism – Tourism Strategy for the Fehmarnbelt Region 2014-2015” that was approved by the STRING politicians in 2013.
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The Organisation: STRING is a political cross border partnership between Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand, and the City of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Region Skåne in Sweden.
The Region: STRING spans from the City of Hamburg across Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish islands of Lolland, Falster and Zealand, to Skåne in Sweden.