What will Northern Europe live off in the future?

Digital OECD-STRING conference, November 25th 2020

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The STRING region between Oslo and Hamburg harbours an unprecedented potential to develop into a green megaregion living of a green economy and tied together through sustainable infrastructure. To achieve this goal, the political organisation STRING and the OECD have entered into a partnership for the development of a strategic paper containing concrete policy recommendations for the STRING region.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the State of Schleswig-Holstein are hosting a national OECD-STRING conference, where we cordially invite you to actively engage in the development of the OECD policy recommendations with your perspective and ideas. The conference consists of three sessions with the following topics:

  1. STRING as a green hub: creating a sustainable future for the region
  2. Transport infrastructure for a connected, accessible and sustainable region
  3. Making the megaregion happen: planning, financing and collaborating across borders

 

We are looking forward to welcoming regional politicians as well as representatives from science and the private sector to discuss the forthcoming strategic paper on the STRING megaregion. Please find the programme of the conference including an overview of the speakers below.

 

Conference programme

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The conference will be moderated by Connie Hedegaard, Former European Commissioner for Climate Action.

 

Welcoming remarks

09:30 – 09:50

  • Almut Möller, State Secretary and Plenipotentiary to the Federation, the European Union and for Foreign Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Claus Christian Claussen, Minister of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of the State of Schleswig-Holstein
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of the Urban Policies and Reviews, OECD

 

The Nordic Ambassadors

  • Peter Ølberg, Norwegian Ambassador to Germany
  • Susanne Hyldelund, Danish Ambassador to Germany
  • Per Thöresson, Swedish Ambassador to Germany

 

Session I – STRING as a green hub: creating a sustainable future for the region

09:50 – 10:20

  • Monica Schofield, Director International Cooperation at Tutech Innovation GmbH
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of the Urban Policies and Reviews, OECD
  • Q&A

 

Session II – Transport infrastructure for a connected, accessible and sustainable region

  • Jens Peter Saul, CEO Rambøll & HamburgAmbassador Denmark
  • Jens Meier, CEO Hamburg Port Authority
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of the Urban Policies and Reviews, OECD
  • Q&A

 

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:15

 

Session III – Making the megaregion happen: planning, financing and collaborating across borders

11:15 – 12:15

  • Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Ph.D., President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of the Urban Policies and Reviews, OECD

 

Panel Debate

  • Almut Möller, State Secretary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Monica Schofield, Director International Cooperation at Tutech Innovation GmbH
  • Jens Peter Saul, CEO Rambøll & HamburgAmbassador Denmark
  • Gabriel Felbermayr, Ph.D., President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
  • Andreas Hein MdL,  Schleswig-Holstein – Energy policy spokesman of the CDU group

 

Wrap up and next steps

12:15 – 12:30

  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of the Urban Policies and Reviews Unit in the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
  • Almut Möller, State Secretary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Wrap up by moderator, Connie Hedegaard, Former European Commissioner for Climate Action

 

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Place and time

The conference takes place on November 25th, 2020 from 09:30 – 12:30. The working language is English. The conference is held as an online event.

 

Register now!

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You will receive a link to enter the digital conference in advance of the event.

 

About STRING

STRING is a political cross-border organisation consisting of 8 regions and 5 cities between Hamburg and Oslo. It is our vision to establish an internationally acknowledged megaregion, attractive for investments, businesses and talent to ensure the best quality of living for our citizens.