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Political Summit prior to decisive year for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link

COPENHAGEN/DENMARK, September 29, 2014 - From 30th of September to 2nd of October, Copenhagen will be the venue for an assembly of Danish and German ministers, top politicians from the six partners in the STRING network, high-level business representatives, researchers and ordinary Danes, Swedes and Germans. They will use debates, meetings, seminars, workshops and other events at the Copenhagen City Hall Square to outline the contours of the future once the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is completed after 2021.

Within the next few months, Magnus Heunicke, Danish Minister for Transport, will introduce a bill for the construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel. The proposed construction bill will determine the final design and budget for one of Europe’s largest construction projects.
Prior to the processing of the construction bill in the Danish parliament, the contractors have submitted their final bids for the tunnel – and with the construction act and final bids for the tunnel in place, Femern A/S, the company planning the project, will “only” lack the final approval of the project in Germany.
The approval process is going at full speed, with the final project approval expected in the summer of 2015. Concurrently, the German authorities are working on the final design of the inland facilities, railroads and motorways in Germany from Fehmarn to Hamburg, where the expansion of the route from Lübeck to Fehmarn is particularly vital for the entire corridor.

This means that the Fehmarnbelt Days 2014 are excellently timed. All of the involved decision-makers from the public and private sector in the Fehmarnbelt corridor will be meeting in Copenhagen. They will be discussing the prospects provided by the construction project, but also the future that we will experience when the link opens in 2021.

The point of departure for the three days of discussions and meetings about policy, business opportunities, tourism, art, film or green transports is not whether the link will materialise, but of how our society should look once it is here.

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will take a place in history as the final missing link in the chain of transport routes from Scandinavia to Central Europe. Constructing the link is the prerequisite for continued development of eco-friendly transport solutions, with rail cargo over long distances in particular standing to win market shares with the new and improved infrastructure.