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24th ABM and 68th ExCom

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The North Sea Commission’s 24th Annual Business Meeting was held in Assen Thursday 18th June. The ABM was held in Provinciehuis Drenthe, attracting 90 delegates from our member regions. At the ABM there were several important topics.

12. Resolution on North Sea Grid and Energy Union

ABM adopted a resolution on North Sea Grid and Energy Union, stating that working towards a Meshed North Sea Grid should be a priority, and asking member states and Norway to work together to overcome technical and financial obstacles to the grid. You can download the resolution here

14. Revision of the North Sea Region 2020

The ExCom has asked to revise the strategy document North Sea Region 2020 by the half way marker in 2016. The revision is a good opportunity to get an overview of what we have already achieved, what is outstanding and how we can close the gap. It will also give us as an organisation an opportunity to adjust to the political reality and make the role the NSC can play more visible.  Member regions, thematic groups and external stakeholders will be involved throughout the process.

15. Declaration from NSC ABM 2015 – “Message to the Dutch Presidency of European Council January-June 2016

The declaration requests the Dutch Presidency of the European Union to take a leading role in driving the process for closer strategic cooperation between the member states and Norway on a North Sea Agenda, promising the full support of the North Sea Commission. Read more about the Assen Declaration here

16. Proposal for an independent NSC Secretariat at CPMR

This proposal was potentially one of the most important issues of the day. An alternative option to organize the NSC Secretariat had been proposed by the Dutch regions prior to the meeting. The item was deferred for proper examination, and it will be put forward at the next ABM after internal discussions.

18. Election of NSC Vice-President

The position as Vice-President of the NSC was up for election. Vice-President John Lamb was reelected for the period 2015-2017.

23. Proposed Budget 2016

ABM agreed on a budget for 2016, whereby membership fees are increased with an adjustment for inflation at 1,6%.


68th Executive Committee meeting

An Executive Committee meeting followed the ABM. The main issues included the election of chair positions in the thematic groups. We give a special thanks to Ellen Solheim who now retires from politics and Chair for the Economic Development Group, after serving the NSC loyally for many years. The following positions were elected on the 68th ExCom

Vice Chairs

Ard van der Tuuk, Drenthe (NL) was elected vice-chair to the Energy and Climate Change group

Drew Ratter, Shetland Islands (SCO) was elected vice-chair to the Economic Development group

A call for the two vacant positions as vice chairs in the Culture and Tourism group and the Economic Development group will be posted prior to the next ExCom meeting.


Barney Crocket was elected new chair of the Economic Development group.

Anders Fasth was re-elected as chair of the Marine Resource group

Preben Friis-Hauge was re-elected as chair of the Transport group

Jimmy Gray was re-elected as chair of the Energy and Climate Change group

Frederikke Stensrød was re-elected as chair of the Culture and Tourism group

Register for the North Sea Conference


Register for the North Sea Conference

  The programme and registration for the North Sea Conference 2016 has been made avaiable! The North Sea Conference will this year be hosted by the region of Southern Denmark, located at Hotel Legoland in Billund 15th-17th June. Go here to register and to mind more information.   The North Sea Conference 2016 offers you all the building blocks you need to help shape the future of North Sea Region: Be inspired by a keynote... Read more

Minutes from the 70th ExCom in Gothenburg


Minutes from the 70th ExCom in Gothenburg

The minutes and presentations from the 70th ExCom in Gothenburg has been sent out to ExCom members. You can find all relevant documents here   Read more

Culture & Tourism Group focus on youth art and seafood


Culture & Tourism Group focus on youth art and seafood

The Culture & Tourism Group met in Sandnes (Rogaland County) on 15-16 February. Led by acting Chair, Otto Kjær Larsen from North Denmark Region, the group discussed several issues, including the revision of the NSR2020 strategy and the re-organisation of the thematic groups. The focus was however on the 2017 Youth Festival of Art to be organised in Sandnes in June 2017. This is only the second time that this... Read more

Transport Group met in Gothenburg


Transport Group met in Gothenburg

  25 delegates attended the Transport group meeting in Gothenburg 3rd and 4th February.  The first day was devoted to presentations of transport projects and actors in Västra Götaland Region, including the Port of Gothenburg and Stena Line. The participants also had the opportunity to ride on an innovative electrical bus and a shuttle ferry.   The ordinary group meeting on 4 February addressed regular issues in the Work plan on TEN-T... Read more

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