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
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