20 June 2007 - 22 June 2007
Joint Annual Conference 2007
The new Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme is launched!
The Joint Annual Conference 2007 was held in Brunstad, Norway, on the 20-22 of June. The 500 participants took part in a programme, which featured representatives from the Norwegian Government, the European Commission as well as the private sector and educational institutions. During the event the new programme was formally launched by a representative of the Danish Managing Authority.
Involving many sectors of society
The wide range of stakeholders represented in the plenary sessions showed the secretariat´s interest in involving many sectors of society in the early stages of the new programme. This is done to secure relevant projects that display policy level thinking and long lasting and tangible effects.
The application procedure
The second day of the programme included a short plenary session with speakers from the secretariat staff, with a focus on project application, project finance and communications. It was followed by seminars in which the participants could take part in discussions and presentations focused on specific aspects of the programme. Please find more information about the application procedure here
Partner Search and Project Ideas
The much appreciated and well visited Partner Search Forum made it possible for interested parties to come together to discuss and brain-storm around potential future projects. Project ideas for the new programme period can be found on the programme website and in the Project Idea Book, which is updated before any major programme event. The Project Idea Book for the Annual Conference 2007 held 116 ideas. You can find more information on project ideas here
The Annual Conference was covered by a film team, who put together summarizing videos after each day of the event. They also made a short summary of the event as a whole. The videos are approximately 10, 7 and 3 minutes respectively and give a quick insight and overview as to what the topics covered at the event.
To access the news clips from the North Sea Region Programme Annual Conference, please click here
Targeted seminars will follow
The Annual Conference 2007 will be followed by a number of targeted seminars and workshops in the coming year, two of which are already being planned. Check the programme website for the latest information regarding this and the development of the new programme.
Presentations from Brunstad 2007
Plenary Session Wednesday 20th June 2007
The Launch of the New Programme
Chair: Marit Helgesen, President North Sea Commission
Finding New Directions from the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas
Chair: Lorraine George, Head of North Sea Region Programme Secretariat
Plenary Session Thursday 21st June 2007
Seminar PRIORITY 1
: "Creating Real Projects on Research Clusters, ICT Applications and Society Capacity for Innovation" - Simon Tijsma
, Head of Economic Affairs, Recreation and Tourism, Province of Fryslân, the Netherlands & Peter Cook
, Head of Innovation & International Markets, ExDRA (Essex Development & Regeneration Agency), UKSeminar Notes
Seminar PRIORITY 2
: "Creating Real Projects on Marine Pollution, Climate Change and ICZM in the North Sea Region" - Evert Kloosterboer
, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality, Service for Land and Water Management (DLG), the Netherlands & Govert Geldof, Tauw Civiel en Bouw, the Netherlands Seminar Notes
Seminar PRIORITY 3
: "Creating Real Projects on Regional Accessibility, Logistics and Transport Corridors" Jon Halvard Eide
, Coordinator NSC Transport Group, Vest-Agder Fylkeskommune, Norway & Philine Gaffron
, Institute for Transport Planning and Logistics, TU Hamburg-Harburg, GermanySeminar Notes
Seminar PRIORITY 4
: "Creating Real Projects on Energy Efficient Housing and Sustainable Communities in both Declining and Rapidly Growing Areas" Stephen Taylor
, The Humber Economic Partnership, UK & Jenny Holland
, EuroACE (European Alliance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings), UK Seminar Notes