The STRING Organisation

Governance in STRING

STRING works through five platforms to unite member cities and regions:

 

  1. The Political Forum is the most senior level of decision-making in STRING. They meet three times a year to propose the priority areas and political agenda for the organisation.
  2. The Steering Group consists of high-level representatives from the member regions. Together with the Secretariat, they meet up to four times a year to decide the operational approach STRING will take with its priority areas.
  3. The Contact Group is the daily point of contact for members. The group is staffed by civil servants appointed as STRING representatives. They are appointed by the member regions and have responsibility for preparing agenda items for the Steering Group and keep the day-to-day contact with the Secretariat on administrational issues.
  4.  The Secretariat comprises of nine staff members overseen by a Managing Director. They are the permanent body within the organisation responsible for the implementation of the priority areas, and lobbies at all levels of government to promote the benefits of our work. They also bring together the public, private and academic sectors to feed into our work and share their knowledge. Contact the STRING Secretariat here.
  5. Working Groups have been established by STRING. They research, develop and promote new cross-border infrastructure and green growth ideas for the regions.

Members of STRING

The Political Forum

Christopher Røhl (R)

– CHAIR OF STRING

Member of the Copenhagen City Council

Roble Wais (H)

Political Adviser to the Governing Mayor, City of Oslo

Anette Solli (H)

Governing Mayor, Akershus County

Julie Flinckenhagen Sandli (H)

Chief of Political Staff, Akershus County

Siv Henriette Jacobsen (AP)

Majority Leader and Member of the Regional Council, Østfold County

Per Tenggren (S)

Vice-President of the Infrastructure and Public Transport Committee, Västra Götalandsregionen

Angela Fast Torstensson (M)

Alternate Regional Councillor, Västra Götalandsregionen

Karin Pleijel (MP)

Deputy Mayor and Member of the City Executive Council, City of Gothenburg

Axel Josefson (M)

Mayor and Chair of the City Executive Council, City of Gothenburg

Helene Andersson (C)

Chair of the Regional Growth Committee, Region Halland

Per Stané Persson (S)

Vice Chair of the Regional Growth Committee, Region Halland

Carl Johan Sonesson (M)

First Governor of Region Skåne

Anna Ingers (S)

 Member of the Regional Council, Region Skåne

Gilbert Tribo (L)

Member of the Regional Council, Region Skåne

Christian Orsing (M)

Chair of the Executive Committee and Mayor, City of Helsingborg

Andreas Schönström (S)

Deputy Mayor of the City of Malmö

Katrine Kildgaard Nielsen (R)

Member of the Copenhagen City Council

Lars Gaardhøj (S)

President of the Regional Council, The Capital Region of Denmark

Sadek Al-Amood (F)

Vice chair of the Committee for Regional Development and Transport, The Capital Region of Denmark

Lars Lindskov (C)

Member of the Regional Council, Region Zealand

Bo Libergren (V)

Chair of the Regional Council, The Region of Southern Denmark

Karsten Uno Petersen (A)

Member of the Regional Council, The Region of Southern Denmark

Michael Nielsen (C)

Member of the Regional Council, The Region of Southern Denmark

Werner Schwarz (CDU)

Minister of Agriculture, Rural Areas, Europe and Consumer Protection, Schleswig Holstein 

Ulf Kämpfer (SPD)

Governing Mayor, City of Kiel

Almut Möller (SPD)

State Secretary and Plenipotentiary to the Federation, the European Union and for Foregin Affairs, The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

The Steering Group

Jeppe Grønholt-Pedersen

Head of Division, The Finance Department, City of Copenhagen

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Chief Adviser, International Office, City of Oslo

Rune Bakkevoll

Special Advisor, International Relations, Akershus County

Benedicte Lund

, Østfold County

Max Falk 

Infrastructure Strategist, Västra Götalandsregionen

Magnus Sigfússon

Director of City Planning, City Development & External Affairs, City of Gothenburg

Ulrika Bertilsson

Deputy Director of Regional Development, Region Halland

Maria Korner-Westin

Head of Unit EU and International Relations, Region Skåne

Mikael Kipowski

Development Director, City of Helsingborg

Angelica Nilsson

Head of Unit Society and Infrastructure, City of Helsingborg

Micael Nord

Business Director, City of Malmö

Lise Lotte Toft

Head of Climate, International Affairs and Education, Capital Region of Denmark

David Jens Meinke

Director of Regional Development, The Capital Region of Denmark

Carsten Krabbe

Director of Regional Development, Region Zealand

Lene Madsen Milner

Head of Mobility, Fehmarn & Administration, Region Zealand

Jørgen Bjelskou

Director of Regional Development, The Region of Southern Denmark

Stefan Musiolik

Head of Unit “Baltic Sea Affairs”, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality, Land Schleswig-Holstein

Wolfgang Schmidt

Head of Foreign Affairs, City of Kiel

Thorsten Augustin

Head of Department for European Affairs,  Land Schleswig-Holstein

Corinna Nienstedt

Director General of the Office to the State, The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Markus Heilig

Head of Department International Cooperation, The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

The Contact Group

Jarl Zinn

Senior Consultant, The Finance Department, City of Copenhagen.

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Chief Adviser, International Office, City of Oslo

Rune Bakkevoll

Special Advisor, International Relations, Viken County Council

Thomas André Hansen

Senior Advisor on International Affairs, Østfold County

Josef Gustafsson

Regional Developer, Västra Götalandsregionen

Carin Peters

Business Development, Region Skåne

Cecilia Örtendahl

Policy Advisor, City Hall, City of Gothenburg

Ulrika Bertilsson

Head of Analysis, Region Halland

Sofie Qvarfordt

International Coordinator, City of Helsingborg

Kenneth Ekberg

Senior Advisor, City of Malmö

Eva Christina Jacobsen

Consultant at Centre for Regional Development, The Capital Region of Denmark

Helle David Jensen

Consultant at Centre for Regional Development, Region Zealand

Olav Sønderskov

Development Consultant, The Region of Southern Denmark

Susanne Grahl

Advisor, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of Land Schleswig-Holstein

Cathrin Truckenbrodt

Project Manager, Dept. of Economic Development, City of Kiel

Stefanie Wodrig

Head of Baltic Affairs Desk, The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

The Secretariat

Thomas Becker

Emilia Cullborg

Deputy Director (Press Contact)

ablomc@stringmegaregion.org

+45 3120 3740

Simon Schultz Christensen

Meriel Ott

Julie Jo Nygaard

Project Manager Greater4H

jnyga@stringmegaregion.org

 +45 2485 0069

Anna Wifvesson

Marie Fløystad Dahl

Infrstructure Consultant

 mardah@stringmegaregion.org

 +45 5130 2399

Hanne Klintøe

Senior Advisor to STRING

han@c22.company

+45 3144 9914

Daniel Christian Korell

Katrine Friis

Our history

STRING (South Western Baltic Sea Transregional Area – Implementing New Geography) was formed in 1999 as an EU Interreg A project to stimulate the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link.

In 2008, Germany and Denmark signed a State Treaty on the construction and operation of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link.

In light of this, the cooperation between the STRING members changed towards promoting regional development, along with further infrastructure projects and the stimulation of green growth in the region between Western Scandinavia and Northern Germany.

In the last two years, we have seen five new members joining our organisation.

Today, we stretch from Hamburg to Oslo, consisting of 16 members across nine regions and seven major cities in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.