What will Northern Europe live off in the future?

Digital OECD-STRING conference, November 16th 2020

Registration closed.

You are invited to participate at the digital conference ’What will Northern Europe live off in the future?’, held by the OECD and STRING. The conference will present how the OECD and the Norwegian members of the political membership organisation STRING see Northern Europe becoming a green megaregion, world leading in green technologies and sustainable infrastructure.

The cooperation between the OECD and STRING will result in a strategic report on concrete political recommendations to shape a megaregion between Oslo and Hamburg. The conference speakers will use their expertise to influence these recommendations. Equally, all participants will get a unique opportunity to provide input on the forthcoming policy recommendations that will shape the future of Northern Europe.

Conference programme:

The conference will be moderated by Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of the Board of environmental think tank CONCITO, and former European Commissioner for Climate Action.

The conference will open at 09.00 with a short welcome by Victoria Marie Evensen, Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership at the City of Oslo, and Soo-Jin Kim, Head of Urban Policies and Reviews Unit at the OECD.

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Session I – Transport infrastructure for a connected, accessible and sustainable region
09:15-10:00

  • Gøran Andreassen, Managing Director, Bring
  • Knut Arild Hareide, Minister of Transport
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of Urban Policies and Reviews Unit at the OECD
  • Q&A

 

Session II – STRING as a green hub: creating a sustainable future for the region
10:00-10:20

  • Preben Strøm, Managing Director, Energy Valley
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of Urban Policies and Reviews Unit at the OECD
  • Q&A

 

Session III – Making the megaregion happen: Planning, financing and collaborating across borders
10:20-11:05

  • Svein Berg, Director of Nordic Innovation
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of Urban Policies and Reviews Unit at the OECD

 

Political panel debate – making the megaregion happen

  • Svein Berg, Director of Nordic Innovation
  • Anne Beathe Kristiansen Tvinnereim, Vice Mayor for Planning, Climate and Environment
  • Ola Elvestuen, Deputy Party Leader Venstre
  • Vegar Andersen, Political Advisor to the Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership in the City of Oslo
  • Pat Cox, Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN-T Coordinator
  • Q&A

 

Wrap-up and next steps
11:05-11:15

  • Anne Beathe Kristiansen Tvinnereim, Vice Mayor for Planning, Climate and Environment
  • Soo-Jin Kim, Head of Urban Policies and Reviews Unit at the OECD

 

Please note that all presentations will be in English.

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Time and place
The conference will be held on the 16th of November 2020, 09:00-11:15

Registration:
Registration closed.

 

About STRING
STRING is a political membership orgaisation consisting of eight regions and five cities in the area between Hamburg and Oslo via Copenhagen, Skåne, Halland and Gothenburg. STRING is working together with the OECD to shape the future of Northern Europe by recommending concrete political recommendations. These will be shaped by four national conferences in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany in November 2020, where national stakeholders will gather to have their say.