Sunday’s election in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein resulted in a surprisingly clear victory for the CDU (Christian Democrats) and loss for the ruling SPD (Social Democrats). The coalition between the SPD, the Greens and the Danish minority party SSW is thus no more. On the other hand, forming a new government in Kiel will not be plain sailing for the winner, the CDU candidate for the post as minister president, the newcomer, Daniel Günther.
”We’re delighted that the Schleswig-Holstein Transport Minister Reinhard Meyer has now brought clarity and stability to the Fehmarnbelt project,” says the Chairman of the STRING network, Steen Bach Nielsen, commenting on the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting (18.4.2017) in Copenhagen between Schleswig Holstein’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Reinhard Meyer and the Danish Transport Minister Ole Birch Olesen.
Successful meeting at Brenner Base Tunnel: STRING politicians and politicians from the Brenner Corridor Platform call on EU for maximum co-funding of the Fehmarnbelt fixed link and the Brenner Tunnel project, including from 2020.
On 6 February, STRING’s Political Forum – under the leadership of Chairman Steen Bach Nielsen – will meet their political colleagues from The Province of the Tyrol, Austria and Südtirol, Italy to learn from each other.
A new report on the consequences of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link for tourism in East Holstein was presented January 12, 2017 in Germany. The report gives cause for optimism, but also requires targeted action in the tourism industry. STRING calls for a coordinated action.