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 oranisation.
  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 seven 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 establised by STRING. They research, develop and promote new cross-border infrastructure and green growth ideas for the regions.

Members of STRING

The Political Forum

Vegar Andersen (AP)

– CHAIR OF STRING

Political adviser to the Vice Mayor for Business Development and Ownership, City of Oslo

Siv Henriette Jacobsen (AP)

Majority leader/politician at Østfold fylkeskommune

Werner Schwarz (CDU)

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

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

Kristina Jonäng (C)

Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Västra Götalandsregionen

Bijan Zainali (S)

Second Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Västra Götalandsregionen

Almut Möller (SPD)

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

Carl Johan Sonesson (M)

First Governor of Region Skåne

Katrine Kildgaard (B)

Member of the Copenhagen City Council

Lars Lindskov (C)

Member of the Regional Council, Region Zealand

Andreas Schönström (S)

Deputy Mayor of the City of Malmö

Helene Andersson (C)

Chair of the Regional Growth Committee, Region Halland

Per Stané Persson (S)

Vice Chair of the Regional Growth Committee, Region Halland

Christian Orsing (M)

Deputy mayor and committee chairman of urban planning in Helsingborg

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

Michael Nielsen (C)

Member of the Regional Council, The Region of Southern Denmark

Stephanie Lose (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

Claus Christian Claussen (CDU)

Member of the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein – Chair of the Economic Committee

The Steering Group

Jeppe Grønholt-Pedersen

Head of Division, The Finance Department, City of Copenhagen

David Jens Meinke

Director of Regional Development, The Capital Region of Denmark

Birgitte Leolnar

Head of Unit, Mobility, Climate and Education, The Capital Region of Denmark

Maria Korner-Westin

Head of Unit EU and International Relations, Region Skåne

Rune Bakkevoll

Special Advisor, International Relations, Viken County Council

Stefan Musiolik

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

Thorsten Augustin

Head of Department for European Affairs,  Land Schleswig-Holstein

Bo-Josef Eriksson

Head of Regional Development, Region Halland

Carsten Krabbe

Director of Regional Development, Region Zealand

Max Falk 

Infrastructure Strategist, Västra Götalandsregionen

Micael Nord

Business Director, City of Malmö

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Chief Adviser, International Office, City of Oslo

Henrik Levin

Head of Department, City of Gothenburg

Jørgen Bjelskou

Director of Regional Development, The Region of Southern Denmark

Corinna Neinstedt

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

The Contact Group

Jarl Zinn

Senior Consultant, The Finance Department, City of Copenhagen.

Eva Christina Jacobsen

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

Hait M. Barki

Senior Consultant, The Capital Region of Denmark

Nicklas Attefjord

Regional Development Officer, Västra Götalandsregionen

Stefanie Wodrig

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

Carin Peters

Business Development, Region Skåne

Lars Ekberg

Policy Advisor, City Hall, City of Gothenburg

Anita Lindahl Trosdahl

Chief Adviser, International Office, City of Oslo

Kenneth Ekberg

Senior Advisor, City of Malmö

René Lønnee

Chief Advisor, Region Zealand

Rune Bakkevoll

Special Advisor, International Relations, Viken County Council

Ulrika Bertilsson

Head of Analysis, Region Halland

Susanne Grahl

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

Helle Knudsen

Chief Consultant, The Region of Southern Denmark

The Secretariat

Thomas Becker

Rebecca Rosenquist Elliott

Deputy Managing Director (Maternity Leave)

aarr@stringnetwork.org

 +45 2494 3887

Aida Uhac

Julie Jo Nygaard

Project Manager Greater4H

jnyga@regionsjaelland.dk

 +45 2485 0069

Charlotta Lundström

Viktor Erik Gruwier Zeuthen

Head of Communication

vze@stringnetwork.org

+45 9356 9364

Marie Fløystad Dahl

Arne Dickhaut

Junior Consultant

 ardi@stringnetwork.org

+45 2031 2337

 

 

 

 

Karen Parly Inselseth

Junior Consultant

 karei@stringmegaregion.org

+45 2434 9342 

 

Simon Schultz Christensen

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 13 members across eight regions and five major cities in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.