Also in the new round of funding, Hamburg reports a record participation in EU programmes directed at the development of the North Sea and Baltic Sea. In total, 21 Interreg projects have been approved for Hamburg, bringing 6.6 million euro for European funds to the Hanseatic city.
Hamburg has more than 100 Partners in Europe
Wolfgang Schmidt, State Secretary, Commissioner for Federal, European and Foreign Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, comments: “Hamburg takes part in shaping Europe. It is a good sign that so many public and private actors of our city benefit from European funding. The Interreg programmes foster professional exchange and co-operation between the regions in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. They strengthen Hamburg’s position in the heart of Europe. We now have a strong network of several hundred European partners. “
This year, some 30 Hamburger institutions and businesses will start their work in European co-operation projects. From the current funding, the Baltic Science Network, NorthSEE and EMMA are projects that exemplify the high potential for co-operation in the North and Baltic Sea.
Interreg Project Baltic Science Network
The Baltic Sea region is one of the leading higher education and research sites worldwide. However, it does need sufficient networking of its key players in a common institutional framework. The Baltic Science Network project will therefore establish a network of twenty ministries of science and research and higher education and research networks, involving also the European Commission and the CBSS. The strategic cooperation will be expanded beyond borders in selected areas of research. In addition, the mobility of scientists and students in the Baltic Sea region is to be promoted and lobbying in Brussels to be supported. The scientific network of Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia is headed by the Hamburg Ministry of Science and Research.
Interreg project NorthSEE
In the last decade, the sea has become crowded. Next to fishing and shipping, oil and gas, wind farms have been added. The intensified use of the oceans leads to conflicts between economy and ecology. Supported by the European Union, all North Sea States try to defuse these conflicts with comprehensive planning and eco-friendly optimised ways to use the sea.
Interreg project EMMA
By the end of 2015, the IWT project “EMMA” was approved by the INTERREG V B Baltic Sea programme. Over the next three years, the Port of Hamburg Marketing e.V. and 20 project partners from the Baltic Sea region will be focussing their activities on strengthing the inland waterways in Germany and Europe and reviving the transport of cargo on the traditional inland transport ways.
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