The European Straits Initiative

The European Straits Initiative Newsletter Nr 8

Winter 2013-2014

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Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in Athens

From 6 February 2014 to 7 February 2014
Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in Athens

Following the consultation on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ion...

NOSTRA Seminar on the link between the coast and the hinterland

From 25 February 2014 to 27 February 2014
NOSTRA Seminar on the link between the coast and the hinterland

Conference "The border: a source of innovation" - Call for papers

The 15 March 2014
Conference "The border: a source of innovation" - Call for papers

The conference will take place from 4 to 7 november 2014 in France (Arr...

Symposium on dune management in Europe - Merlimont (France)

From 17 June 2014 to 19 June 2014
Symposium on dune management in Europe - Merlimont (France)

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The European Straits Initiative wishes you a happy new year 2014!

The year 2013 has strengthened the links between the 8 straits of the partnership (Danish visit to the Dover Strait, French visit to the Strait of Otranto, 4 NOSTRA workshops...). Moreover, the Voice of the Straits has been heard at major international events in 2013 (European Maritime Day, the Congress on International marine protected areas) and in the context of the preparation of the next EU programming period 2014-2020.

Four years after the launch of the Initiative, 2014 is a year for balancing and fine-tuning our arguments towards European recognition of the specificities of the Straits. It is also the end of the INTERREG IV C NOSTRA project, which greatly helped to build advocacy about the Straits in areas as diverse as the coastal and marine environment, maritime transport, tourism, and cross-border governance.

Many opportunities will be provided this year to continue to defend the cause of the Straits: the Fehmarnbelt Days in 2014, the Year of the Gulf of Finland, the Adriatic and Ionian regional strategy, the European Maritime Day, etc. Another year of fine challenges for the local authorities of the network!

Laurence Canal, Head of Europe and International Department, Pas-de-Calais County Council

Ron Moys, Head of International Affairs, Kent County Council

The Strait of Dover in English Channel Area Meetings (Rouen, 21 November and London, 6 December 2013)

The Strait of Dover in English Channel Area Meetings (Rouen, 21 November and London, 6 December 2013)

The strait’s particularities had been developed at the time of the final conference of the CAMIS project and in a meeting on maritime pollution in the English Channel.

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The French Transfrontier Operational Mission’s website given an overhaul: focus on issues regarding straits

The French Transfrontier Operational Mission’s website given an overhaul: focus on issues regarding straits

The website in particular showcases cross-border maritime co-operation and sets out sound lines of arguments in favour of the specificities of European straits being recognised.

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The Kvarken Link Open days local event - On board Wasa Express ferry, Umeå, 23rd November 2013

The Kvarken Link Open days local event - On board Wasa Express ferry, Umeå, 23rd November 2013

The Kvarken Link event gathered around 250 persons aboard the Wasa Express ferry, giving the opportunity to inform the public about the TEN-T project linking both sides of the Kvarken Strait.

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NOSTRA project outlined at the Baltic Sea co-operation conference (Helsinki, 17-18 October 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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From the Strait of Dover to the Strait of Otranto – growing co-operation on tourism (Vlora, 24-25 October 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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Contact

Conseil général du Pas-de-Calais
Direction Europe et International

Stéphane Louhaur, European Straits Initiative coordinator
rue Ferdinand Buisson
62009 ARRAS CEDEX 9
FRANCE
www.europeanstraits.eu

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