Straits of Europe

The European Straits Initiative Newsletter Nr 4

Winter 2012-2013

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Editorial

The European Straits Initiative (ESI) wishes a Happy New Year to all its partners. The year 2012, the second year of the initiative formally launched in November 2010, was marked by several highlights. They demonstrate a strong commitment of this network of European straits, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea through the English Channel, to a better recognition of the specificity of the straits and increased cooperation around these territories where many issues are at stake.

Axis 1 of the Cooperation Agreement begins to materialize. Thus, the actions of the Kent County Council and the Pas-de-Calais County Council, leaders of the Initiative (provision of Kent local in Brussels, the recruitment by Pas-de-Calais of a coordinator of the initiative, the launch of a study on lobbying EU institutions, interventions in international conferences, coordination of responses to European consultations) helped further strengthen the capacity of the network. The emphasis on communication (www.europeanstraits.eu website launch in November and publishing newsletters) had a multiplier effect in terms of visibility.

Axis 2 of the Agreement has also found its first implementation with the launch of the INTERREG project NOSTRA (Network Of STRAits) in April. This was an important step for European straits, which gained recognition in Europe and means of cooperation in order to better understand and explore issues related to straits.

The year 2013 promises to be just as rewarding with participation in international events (IMPAC3), continued lobbying efforts in the context of the preparation of the next EU programming period 2014-2020, and the prospect of cooperation between straits, without neglecting outreach efforts to welcome new straits in the initiative. Read more...

Stéphane Louhaur
European Straits Initiative Coordinator

News

The Strait of Bonifacio enhances its international dimension (Part 1)

The Strait of Bonifacio enhances its international dimension (Part 1)

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

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

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

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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Contact

Direction Europe et International
Conseil général du Pas-de-Calais
rue Ferdinand Buisson
62009 ARRAS CEDEX 9
Direction Europe et International

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