The North Sea Conference 2015

16 - 18 June, 2015 marks the date of the next North Sea Conference, which will take place in Assen, the Netherlands. The focus of the conference will be on exploring ideas, building projects and forging alliances for politicians and project developers.Together we hope to inspire, motivate, innovate and create. In keeping with this spirit, the North Sea Conference 2015 will be a little different from previous conferences:

  • The study tours will be extended (from 8.30-14.00) and will include workshops and more opportunities for interactive participation than in previous years. 

  • The traditional exhibition will be transformed into 'the North Sea Experience', where knowledge institutions and companies can present and exhibit the role they can play in upcoming projects for the 2014 - 2020 programme. 

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Preparatory Action – Stakeholder event in Edinburgh 29 January 2015

DG Mare organised the first stakeholder event under the preparatory action in Edinburgh 29 January 2015.  More than 170 participants from all countries around the North Sea participated in the conference, representing different governmental levels, academia, industry and NGOs. The topic of the first conference was regional cooperation on energy and maritime spatial planning in the North Sea. These are two areas where we see a clear added value of cooperation and stakeholder involvement.

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Welcome to the North Sea Commission

The North Sea Commission is a cooperation platform for regions around the North Sea. Our mission is to further partnerships between regional authorities which face the challenges and opportunities presented by the North Sea.

Through dialogue and formal partnerships we seek to promote common interests, especially in relation to European Union institutions, national governments and other organizations dealing with issues that are relevant to the North Sea.

The main objectives of the North Sea Commission are

  • To promote and create awareness of the North Sea region as a major economic entity within Europe
  • To be a platform for developing and obtaining funding for joint development initiatives
  • To lobby for a better North Sea region

Cooperation focuses on 5 main themes and involves policy development and political lobbying, development of transnational projects and exchange of knowledge and best practice.

  • Marine resources
  • Transport
  • Energy and climate change
  • Economic development
  • Culture and tourism

You can read more about the North Sea Commission and our work in the left navigation.

North Sea regions from Scotland, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway may become members of the North Sea Commission.

Click Membership if you would like to learn more about how to become a member of the North Sea Commission.


Newsletter 2014

21-12-2014 Focus articles

The 2014 Newsletter from the North Sea Commission Secretariat at Hordaland County Council, including meetings, ExCom Oktober 2014 and news on Preperatory Action and North Sea Grid.  Newsletter 2014  

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House of Lords Consultation on European …

21-11-2014 Focus articles

North Sea Commission Executive Secretary gives oral evidence to House of Lords sub-committee on European regional marine cooperation, 5th November 2014.

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Marine planning to balance blue growth a…

20-03-2014 Focus articles

The North Sea Commission takes a stand on maritime spatial planning. A cross-country approach is needed to address the competition between different users of the sea. Background The North Sea Commission Executive...

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NSC activity Calendar