New strategy, STRING 2030, to assure green growth in Northern Europe
The STRING partners, Region Skåne, the Capital Region of Denmark, the City of Copenhagen, Region Zealand, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg aim to enhance economic growth and assure a sustainable development in the corridor from the Öresund region to Hamburg.

 

As such, the STRING partners have agreed on a new strategy, reaching until 2030, outlining the future work of STRING.

 

At the STRING political forum on the 27th of September, the regional top-politicians approved the 'STRING Strategy 2030', presenting five main topics for STRING to focus on in order to continue its work with developing a new mega-region with 8, 3 million inhabitants. Some of the key points presented in the strategy are:

 

1) The best possible quality of infrastructure must assure that both railways become a viable travel option compared to road-and air traffic, whilst also supporting integration and economic growth in the emerging mega-region. AS such, STRING is working to maximize the investments made in the fixed link to assure the best possible quality for the infrastructure in the corridor.

 

2) The STRING partners will develop green growth strategies in a range of different areas over the next few years. This work is based on the existing work of the partners with their internal climate strategies, but will also suggest new solutions to support such existing strategies. This work is rooted in the STRING vision to create a green growth region acting as a role model for the rest of Northern Europe.

 

3) Any potential synergies between research and development work at universities, in business life and in the public sector must be utilized. A first example of this is the cooperation within the field of material research between ESS in Lund/Copenhagen and DESY in Hamburg. It is anticipated that this development will primarily occur within our common areas of strength; material research, life science, cleantech, transport and logistics, media production and tourism.

 

4) Tourism and culture are important tools for the integration process between the southern parts of Scandinavia and the northern parts of Germany, as a result of the fixed link- As such, STRING is working to develop tourism as part of an 'internal' set of tools to drive this integration; but also in order to efficiently market the emerging mega-region that will be created as a result of new and improved infrastructure systems. Culture and events are important ways to showcase the attractiveness of a destination, and is therefore also important both to integration and to further profitable tourism industries.

 

5) Finally, a range of practical barriers will inevitably slow down the integration between Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The Öresund Committee, the Fehmarn belt Committee and Region South Denmark/Schleswig-Holstein are all working to minimize the effects of such barriers- a work supported by STRING.