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Published the 20 December 2013

NOSTRA project outlined at the Baltic Sea co-operation conference (Helsinki, 17-18 October 2013)

The European Straits Initiative’s first project was of great interest to local authorities in the Baltic Sea area, where three of the eight straits in the partnership are located.

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Published the 19 December 2013

From the Strait of Dover to the Strait of Otranto – growing co-operation on tourism (Vlora, 24-25 October 2013)

The ESI enabled representatives of the Vlora Regional Council (Albania) to meet their counterparts from Pas-de-Calais County Council, in order to explore potential opportunities in the area of tourism

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Published the 12 November 2013

The local communities bordering the straits make themselves heard at the International Marine Protected Areas Congress

Concrete responses have been provided to protecting the marine environment on an international (PSSA) and local level (EGCT), while also avoiding them being put in a glass case.

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Published the 20 October 2013

The ESI is in favour of a Common Information Sharing Environment as regards surveillance of the maritime areas of the EU

Effective sharing of information on the maritime areas of Europe will be of benefit to the straits of Europe which are affected by many sea-related strategic issues and activities.

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Published the 20 October 2013

The European Straits promote harmonious economic development of their areas (Gulf of Finland, 1-4 October 2013)

The NOSTRA (first major project undertaken by the ESI) workshop in the Gulf of Finland focused on the sustainable economic development of the straits.

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Published the 19 October 2013

Open Days: Baltic Sea straits in favour of a green and competitive maritime transportation (Brussels, 9 October 2013)

Three straits in the Baltic Sea part of the initiative have proved their determination to use clean and competitive ships and multimodal transport systems.

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Published the 17 October 2013

The European straits on the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress agenda (Marseille, 21-25 October 2013)

Three workshops will address issues surrounding the straits of Europe on the mornings of 24 and 25 October from 10 am. Share the news and make sure everybody comes along!

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Presentation of the European Straits Initiative to the Minister Pascal Canfin

Published the 11 July 2013

The European Straits Initiative presented to the French Minister for Development (Paris, 2 July 2013)

ESI, a decentralised cooperation initiative, at once maritime, multilateral and European, was presented to the French Minister of Development, a former European MP.

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Published the 11 July 2013

European Straits participate in the International Port Cities meeting (Helsinki, 13-14 June 2013)

European Straits have taken part in the AIVP meeting "Culture and competitiveness in port cities" in the Gulf of Finland, one of the 8 straits of the European Straits Initiative.

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Published the 11 July 2013

Maritime safety and green transport: European Straits exchange best practice (Fehmarn Island, 3-6 June 2013)

Partners of the NOSTRA project exchanged maritime safety and green transport experiences and best practice during the 3rd thematic workshop of the year.

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Published the 11 July 2013

European Maritime Day 2013: ESI supports European Straits (Valletta, 21-22 May 2013)

ESI defended the cause of European Straits at the Malta Conference, at the heart of the Mediterranean, in which half of the Straits in the network are located.

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Published the 10 July 2013

When Fehmarn Strait is inspired by Dover Strait and the Channel Tunnel

A Danish delegation visited Pas-de-Calais at the end of April 2013 in order to draw lessons from the Channel Tunnel experience. Cooperation between straits is one of the missions of ESI.

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Published the 19 May 2013

The seascapes approach to sustainable management of European Straits

A marine planning technique highlighted by the NOSTRA project is helping to inform thinking across European Straits on sustainable development of shared maritime areas.

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Published the 17 May 2013

Your vision of the Dover Strait

You live on the banks of the Strait? Like a walk on the two capes site? You regularly cross the Channel using the tunnel or by boat? Your opinion matters!

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Published the 13 May 2013

The Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor in the Kvarken Strait

This 100 million Euro multimodal liaison project will link the Swedish and Finish coasts in 2017 and will boost economic activities in the region which protecting the environment.

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Published the 13 May 2013

The particularities of the Dover Strait: the Conference on the Reduction of Sulphur Emissions speaks out

The issue of reducing sulphur emissions in maritime transport is more important in the Straits where the traffic levels are heavier. Four of the eight ESI straits are particularly concerned.

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Published the 12 May 2013

4th Channel Forum: Kent and Pas-de-Calais in favour of bolstering Franco-British cooperation in the Channel Region

The integrated maritime strategy in the Channel Region, the declaration on maritime security, presentation of the strategic themes and new cooperation resulting therefrom.

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Published the 19 February 2013

The European Straits Initiative for better sharing of experiences in marine sciences

Responding to the European consultation, ESI also called for an increased role to be played by the EU in terms of ensuring consistency in existing databases.

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Published the 31 January 2013

The Strait of Bonifacio enhances its international dimension

By creating the International Marine Park, the strait of Bonifacio is now provided with a governance and management tool (EGTC) for the protection of the environment.

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Published the 25 January 2013

The European Straits Initiative drew an interim report in Sardinia, La Maddalena, 3 October 2012

Two years after the Initiative was launched, the partners welcome the progress achieved (in terms of visibility, cooperation) and set new objectives.

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Published the 15 January 2013

The Channel Tunnel experience to link both sides of a strait during the Fehmarnbelt days (Lübeck, 26 September 2012)

Pas-de-Calais County Council presented the economic impact of the Channel Tunnel in the perspective of the construction of a tunnel in the strait of Fehmarn Belt.

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Published the 10 January 2013

The Dover Strait invited to the 3rd CAMIS Cross-Channel Forum (Southampton, 20 September 2012)

ESI presented its objectives and succeeded in having the specificities of Dover Strait recognised in the Integrated Maritime Strategy for the Channel

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