10. July 2017

Sustainable Growth Corridors – Transnational cooperation

On the 29th-30th of June DUAL Ports participated in the North Sea Region annual conference: Sustainable Growth Corridors. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the conference.

Under the common theme of Sustainable Corridors, the North Sea Conference 2017 attracted over 320 delegates from across the North Sea Region – an enthusiastic crowd who took every opportunity to network and get together around new project ideas.

At the conference kick-off, the four invited guest speakers all emphasised the importance of transnational cooperation. The aim of this event is for stakeholders and project partners within the NSR Programme to meet and exchange ideas, challenges and opportunities in order to further a sustainable agenda.

The programme was packed with workshops and seminars – e.g. workshops presenting different results or challenges realised by other Interreg NSR projects. Some of the main topics addressed were climate change, maritime spatial planning, renewable city planning and autonomous vehicles. A panel discussion was also held, with different government officials, including the Minister-President of Flanders Geert Bourgeois and the Minister of Environment in Lower Saxony, Germany, Stefan Wenzel.

Our DUAL Ports partner Port of Oostende, represented by Business Development Manager Wim Stubbe, was interviewed on Flemish television in a news broadcast that also featured the Minister-President of Flanders.

The news feature can be seen here.