Further delay of 3 to 4 months for the approval of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel. This message from the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Transport at the end of March has not made the Danish Government slow down its plans at all. And it is clear that our Swedish and Norwegian neighbours are still in full support as well.
Community makes us strong: Twelve actors have teamed up for a new ’Regional Management HanseBelt’. The new initiative is financially supported by the Land of Schleswig-Holstein and is now under the management of the Chamber of Commerce of Lübeck.
Thomas Becker will take over the role as Managing Director for STRING by June 1st. The STRING partners from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany welcome Thomas Becker and look forward to new common agendas on sustainble development and growth in the corridor from Oslo to Hamburg.
Sofia Helin who plays the lead role as Saga Norén in the successful TV series "The Bridge" has helped put the Øresund Bridge on the map. She will share her personal experience of working across borders at the Fehmarnbelt Days 2018 May 28-29 in Malmö.
With a new federal government in Germany earlier this year, STRING bid farewell to its Chair Wolfgang Schmidt who followed former First Mayor Olaf Scholz, now Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor, to the Federal Ministry of Finance as State Secretary in Berlin. STRING can therefore give a warm welcome to his successor and the new Chair of STRING, Dr. Annette Tabbara.
By welcoming Akershus County and Østfold County from Norway and Region Västra Götaland, Region Halland and the City of Malmö from Sweden, STRING now encompasses a total of 11 regions and cities dedicated to developing sustainable growth and connectivity across four nations.
Although the project approval is still lacking for the tunnel construction in Germany, the project is well on its way on both sides of the Fehmarnbelt.
Highlight of the day-trip to Halmstad was open talks with the politicians of the Growth Committee, including the committee’s chairman Dag Hultefors who will represent Region Halland in STRING’s Political Forum, and also the chair of the regional council Mats Eriksson.
Managing director Jacob Vestergaard is leaving STRING by the end of May 2018. The process to find a new Managing Director has been started by STRING's Steering Group.
For the fourth time in a row, the largest and most comprehensive conference on the Fehmarnbelt Corridor is on the move. This year’s Swedish host team is Region Skåne and the City of Malmö welcoming us on May 28 and 29 at Malmö Live to join transport ministers, mayors, business representatives, researchers and the interested public alike.