We are STRING
- 4 countries
- 8 regions
- 5 cities
- 3 metropolitan areas
- 14 million people
We are a cross-border organisation working to create a new green megaregion in Northern Europe.
We work to create a megaregion because there is strength in numbers. We strive to be a globally acknowledged Green Hub and a leading implementer of sustainable infrastructure to combat climate change while improving the lives of our citizens.
We work to foster an excellent business and innovation environment for low carbon economy solutions to attract investments, competencies and create sustainable growth in Northern Europe.
We work to maximise the benefits of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link, which will be a game changer in improving connectivity in our region.
We work to ensure new fixed links across the Öresund to account for increased traffic flows in the wake of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link.
The Chair of the Region of Southern Denmark, Stephanie Lose, is pleased to finally join STRING, having previously been an observer:
“We are excited to join STRING. The Region of Southern Denmark shares the ambitions of STRING to position Northern Europa as a megaregion fostered by green growth and connected through sustainable transport connectivity. We are looking forward to strengthening our collaboration with the members of STRING and to join the important work on the national as well as European planning and legislation on sustainable infrastructure and green growth. We believe that we are stronger together, and lending our voice to those of the other STRING partners will make us a force to be reckoned with, not least in Brussels, and when it comes to broadening the opportunities for our inhabitants. ”
The expansion of STRING will enhance the organisation’s work to promote Green Mobility from Hamburg via Jutland and Copenhagen to Oslo. Furthermore, the expansion is a crucial stepping-stone in accelerating the Northern European megaregion built by STRING.
The Chairman of STRING, Minister Claus Christian Claussen from the Land of Schleswig-Holstein, wholeheartedly welcomes the Region of Southern Denmark as a new member of STRING:
“As Chairman of STRING, I am pleased to further strengthen our collaboration with the Region of Southern Denmark within the framework of STRING. The Region of Southern Denmark is home to world-class green industries and has a solid experience of bridging the gap between the private and public sector to foster green growth. Furthermore, Region of Southern Denmark brings valuable experience with placing Northern European cross-border issues at all levels of governance, not least when it comes to infrastructure, which will be a great asset to STRING. In turn, STRING gives the Region of Southern Denmark a platform to strengthen ties to the rest of Scandinavia and Germany, be an integral and structural part of a crucial European transport network, and position themselves as part of a megaregion with all the many benefits this presents for inhabitants in terms of employment, educational and cultural choice. To me, this is a perfect win-win situation for all of us.’’
For more information, interview inquires, and pictures, contact Managing Director, Thomas Becker, at email@example.com or at phone + 45 29 61 70 10.
STRING’s standpoint is that an improvement of the existing railway stretch between Göteborg- Oslo to double track and deployment of potential for highspeed rail services is essential to overcome the prospective challenges for traffic in the entire corridor when the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link is in place. Together with actions to attract more rail freight between Sweden and Norway, the double track investment is necessary to create jobs, sustain economic growth and improve the quality of the environment in the STRING geography – as pushing for new rail solutions is deemed the only sustainable alternative for mid-length travels.
As financing for such infrastructure solely from own national resources seems unlikely, one of the options to be investigated is whether there is an opportunity to apply for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to co-fund the double tracks construction project.
This report provides guidance to the STRING partners on whether any CEF funding would be applicable to the co-funding of a double railway track construction project between Oslo and Göteborg and what kind of pre-requisites and provisions need to be considered.
All the members participate at meetings and at different level working groups to set and deliver a common agenda for the region. The STRING Secretariat forms the permanent organisation, and the Secretariat’s task is to facilitate and create the best possible framework for implementing the initiatives.