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The Zuid-Holland regions of Drechtsteden and Midden-Holland on 22 June launched pilot green energy projects under the regional strategy partnership Green Deal Regionale Energiestrategieën. Participating partners are the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, municipalities, Zuid-Holland Province, water boards and businesses. Its aim is to join forces to identify ways of making the regions energy neutral by 2050.
On Thursday 30 June 2016 Zuid-Holland Province signed the Waterpoort partnership agreement together with the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Zeeland, six municipalities and 15 public sector and private sector entities.
Mr Floor Vermeulen, Regional Minister for traffic and transport, presented the 'Samen verder Fietsen’ (Cycling on Together) implementation agenda at the national road cycling championships on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee on Saturday 25 June 2016. The programme stems from the regional planning document Fietsplan 2016-2025 and includes specific assignments for the province and its partners in the coming years. "Zuid-Holland aims to be the most accessible province for cyclists. Our ambition is to have a better cycling network, innovative bike paths and good links with other forms of transport," said Mr Vermeulen.
The Hague, 20 and 21 June 2016.
On 21 and 22 June, the 'Workshop on strategic cooperation on Blue Growth in the North Sea' took place in the Zuid-Holland provincial government building, organized under the auspices of the Dutch presidency of the EU. Rogier van der Sande, Regional Minister for European policies, officially opened this workshop.
The Goederenvervoer over Waterin een stroomversnelling meeting took place in Rotterdam's Wereldmuseum on Wednesday 22 June 2016. Regional Minister Rik Janssen opened the proceedings by calling on the shipping companies, shippers and other businesses present to take advantage of the opportunities available for smarter logistics, cleaner inland waterway transport and a stronger economy.
Finland, 17 June 2016.
The Political Office of the CPMR network in Kotka, Finland met on 17 June 2016. CPMR is the network organization for Peripheral Maritme Regions of Europe. Including all the Netherlands coastal provinces ±150 regions are members. On behalf of the Netherlands coastal provinces, Rogier van der Sande, Regional Minister, took on the role of vice president for energy and climate.
Brussel, 14 June 2016
Europe faces major challenges in nutrition, healthcare, logistics, mobility and energy, and the related sectors have substantial transformation issues, in which ‘Smart Industry’ forms a crucial component. In the process, Regional Fieldlabs ensure cross-pollination of the sectors and build bridges between knowledge and the market. On 14 June 2016, at the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels, Zuid-Holland fieldlabs such as Freshteg (horticulture) and Green Village (Energy) showed how they could make major contributions to meet the European challenges.
Province Zuid-Holland Regional Minister Rik Janssen is to join the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Steering Group on Water on Water. The Steering Group consists of 26 high level experts in the field of water and innovation and is chaired by European Commissioner Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries).
From 2007 until 2013, knowledge institutions, businesses and authorities in Zuid-Holland received €1 billion in European subsidies for research, development and infrastructure. Approximately half was spent on university research programmes. During Brussels’ current financial period, all parties in Zuid-Holland together have already received €250 million in European subsidies since 2014.
That is clear from an analysis of the 'landing’ of European funds in this region since 2007, commissioned by the Province of Zuid-Holland. Europe is one of the key factors when finalizing 'business cases' of major regional investment projects. That is why the Province conducted a comprehensive analysis of European spending over the past few years. This analysis yielded lessons on how to improve this score even more over the coming years.
In his capacity of Regional Minister on European policy and Rapporteur on Biobased-economy on behalf of the Committee of the Regions, Rogier van der Sande opened the first Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) Peer-to-Peer meeting in Espoo (Finland). More than 60 market players in the biobased economy attended the meeting in Finland.