15th-17th June the North Sea Conference took place in Billund, Denmark. The Southern Denmark region hosted the conference at the Hotel Legoland in Billund. 350 project developers and policy makers gathered in Billund for two days of workshops and networking.
North Sea Conference
Acting president Kerstin Brunnström had a speech during the plenary session, where she emphasized the close connection between politics and project development, and the importance of securing Interreg post 2020. This is also reflected in the Legoland Declaration, adopted at the 25th ABM.
The North Sea Commission hosted several political sessions during these two days. Wednesday 15th NSC had a workshop on Blue growth and smart specialization. Speakers were Dr. Irene McMaster from European Policies Research Centre, and Damien Périssé from CPMR. McMaster presented some of the findings from the study North Sea in Numbers, which is a background document for the revised NSR2020 strategy. Périssé presented the work carried out by CPMR in a mapping of their members’ Smart Specialisation Strategies and the priority areas under Blue Growth.
Thursday 16th NSC had two workshops. The first workshop was hosted by the NorthSEE project and focused on the involvement of stakeholders in MSP. Speaker was Lodewijk Abspoel from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The next session, “North Sea Commission achievements and the way forward”, took a closer look at the work by the NSC the last two years, how it is connected to the NSR2020 strategy, and which processes will be important in the future. The session was moderated by Vice President John Lamb, who was joined on stage by Cllr Andreas Lervik and Cllr Preben Friis-Hauge for some Q&A.
ABM and Executive Committee meeting
Friday 17th June the 25th Annual Business Meeting and 71st Executive Committee meeting took place in the headquarters of Region Southern Denmark in Vejle. ABM adopted several important policy documents; revised NSR2020 strategy, Resolution on the landing obligation, Political statement on transport and Legoland Declaration – “Building blocks for the future”. ABM decided on a reorganization of the thematic working groups, closing Culture and Tourism Group and Economic Development Group, and setting up a new thematic working group operative from 2017. ABM also elected a new NSC President and Vice-President. Cllr Kerstin Brunnström was elected as the new NSC President, and Cllr Andreas Lervik was elected as new Vice-president.