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STRING is both a political cross-border cooperation, as well as a geographical area. STRING as an organisation is a political crossborder partnership between Akershus County and Østfold County in Norway, Region Halland, Region Västra Götaland, Region Skåne and the City of Malmö in Sweden, the City of Copenhagen, the Capital Region of Denmark and Region Zealand in Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein and the City of Hamburg in Germany.
These partners come together in STRING in order to create joint politics and initiaitives to strengthen regional development by working together for a common agenda concerning infrastructure, green growth, cross-border barriers, science and research and tourism.
The STRING partnership was founded in 1999 as an INTEREG programme with the focus on establishing a new fixed link between Denmark and Germany. In 2008, Germany and Denmark signed a State Treaty, agreeing on the establishment of the fixed Femern Belt link. In the light of this, the cooperation between the STRING Partners changed towards promoting regional development and green growth in the corridor stretching from Southern Scandinavia to Hamburg.
The STRING partners are:
Region Västra Götaland
The City of Malmö
The City of Copenhagen
The Capital Region of Denmark
City of Hamburg
In 2011 the partners agreed on establishing a permanent STRING secretariat to coordinate and promote the joint agenda of the partners, and implement the political decisions. The work shall build on the politics and initiatives that are already part of the partner´s political agendas, priorities and activities.
What STRING adds to this is a joint political goal, emerging when the common objectives and actions of Northern Europe´s strongest economies are put forward and placed on the political agenda.
In order to create a mutual political agenda and strategy, STRING is organised around five key themes, prioritised by all the partners. These shared priorities are:
• Tourism and Culture
• Science and Development
• Green Growth
• Cross-border Barriers
To facilitate the work of the STRING partners, the Secretariat aims to:
• Develop common political agendas through analysis , fact findings, discussions and dialogues with stakeholders in- and outside the STRING partners government structures
• Cooperate with central stakeholders in business life, universities, labor-organisations, culture institutions and NGO´s to establish cooperation, networks and projects supporting the overall vision and objectives of STRING
• Develop a lobby, PR and communications agenda promoting STRING and its adjacent projects. The target groups are the general public, as well as national governments and EU institutions; in particular the Parliament, the Commission, DG Regio and DG Transport
In 2018 five new partners - Akershus and Østfold Counties, Region Västra Götaland and Region Halland - joined STRING expanding the STRING Corridor north following the Swedish westcoast to Southern Norway and the Oslo area.