The European Straits Initiative, launched in 2009 by Pas-de-Calais County Council and Kent County Council, the lead partners, now brings together 10 straits, representing 22 partners from Albania, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and United-Kingdom.
In light of the lack of consideration of the economic, environmental, social and human challenges that affect straits, providing real links between the hinterlands and outside territories, as well as laboratories for the implementation of an integrated maritime policy, ESI works towards the recognition of the specificities of European straits in current debates and the launch of structuring projects in these territories.
On Tuesday 23 November 2010, in the head office of Eurotunnel in Coquelles, fifteen European local authorities bordered by a strait were welcomed by the Deputy Leader of Kent Country Council, and the President of Pas-de-Calais County Council, lead partners of the European Straits Initiative, to sign the network's founding Memorandum of Understanding.
On 22 October 2014, in Brussels, joined by four new communities, the partners confirmed their commitment during the conference of the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding, co-chaired by Mr Michel Dagbert, President of Pas-de-Calais County Council, and Mr Mark Dance, member of cabinet of Kent County Council.
The objective of this memorandum of understanding is to connect authorities with similar geographical systems. The 2 main aims of cooperation are:
Under the second objective, the INTERREG IV C NOSTRA (Network Of STRAits) project (2012-2014) on cross-border governance of the straits for the protection of biodiversity was launched: www.nostraproject.eu.
Video of the launch of the initiative:
The 15th conference on Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) took place from 17 to 20 May 2016 in Hamburg (Germany) and Sönderborg (Denmark). A good opportunity to present the Fehmarnbelt Committee! [Read more]
The National Institute for Sciences and Technologies of the Sea (INSTM) organized on 31 May 2016 the first European Maritime Day event on the Southern shore of the Mediterranean sea. [Read more]
The KvarkenMoS conference on 20-22 April visibly highlighted the Kvarken shipping route between Vaasa and Umeå, connecting much more than just the two neighbouring cities. [Read more]
The University of Reggio Calabria held a Roundtable on "the Area of the Strait of Messina and development potential from integrated planning of coastal zones" as part of the European Maritime Day. [Read more]
Implementation opportunities of the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel will be studied by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and Harju County Government, with the help of EU funding. [Read more]
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