Young people from SAG, Gefion, Rysensteen and Svendborg participated in this high profiled conference with young colleagues from our partner schools in Sweden and Germany.
Venues: the Europe House, Tivoli Congress Centre and Town Hall (pic below).
Statement from the Youth Parliament/Green Growth
To ensure eco-friendly mobility through out the Fehmarn Belt Region we suggest:
– Option to bring your bike on the train for free.
➢ We feel now that with no option for the cyclist in this tunnel, it shall be easy, and if not free, then very cheap to bring a bicycle on the train crossing the Fehmarnbelt. And bike lanes to and from the tunnel-entrance and –exit on both sides.
– Lower cost-fees for eco-friendly vehicles.
➢ We feel that The Fehmarn Belt Region should support eco-friendly vehicles, by giving them a reduced fee for crossing The Fehmarn Belt via tunnel. This could be done by individual appliance by the owners of the cars, which meet the demands of an eco-friendly vehicle. They should be given a Bluetooth-tunnel pass equivalent to the Danish “BroBizz” to ensure more smooth and easy crossing of the pay-booths. This benefits the car-owner, the environment and the daily run of the tunnel.
– Make it more desirable to take the train rather than the car.
➢ Since the pollution of cars are much higher than that of public transportation, we should encourage people to take the train rather than the car. This being done by making the train a more desirable form of transportation. This meaning lower costs on train tickets, and more time-efficient rail routes.
– Make carpool-lanes on the highways leading to and from the tunnel (example in Seattle)
➢ By being at least two persons in a vehicle, they should be able to use a special carpool lane for faster travel, and by that being rewarded by
▪ Lower cost of fee and fuel.
▪ Less pollution in the environment.
Renewable energy is lost due to storage problems, and therefore the full potential of the renewable and sustainable energy resources are not fully used but limited to nuclear power, wind power, water energy.
A solution to this is a day/night rate where electricity is cheaper at nighttime.
Nevertheless this is not a long-term solution as we are still not able to solve the problem of energy storage. Therefore we need to increase current research on the topic of storage of renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Furthermore prioritize research into new and possibly beneficial renewable and sustainable energy sources, which are not yet cost efficient for companies to develop.
As we see here during the Fehmarn Belt Days cooperation across borders are mutually beneficial and results in new ideas and a faster development on already existing ones. These are all necessary for creating green growth in the area, since this is not a problem that can be solved by a single state, but a topic that needs to be addressed both regionally and internationally.
When the Fehmarn Belt fixed link is built, there will be great opportunities for growth and employment. In the economies connected to the Fehmarnbelt, small and medium-sized enterprises make up a majority of the businesses and over half of the employment. Given that 40 percent of the businesses located in Scania, Denmark and northern Germany are expected to increase their exports to the other side of the Fehmarn Belt, it is likely that the SMEs will need more employees and increase their productivity rate. However, SMEs have limited capabilities to adopt green development, and given their expected growth, we suggest that this issue is addressed. SMEs need to be more aware of their options and possibilities on how to grow green. To stimulate employment, we suggest a closer co-operation between SMEs and knowledge networks, such as universities. This would probably result in enterprises taking green growth into account.
Another way to stimulate employment is to use pension funds to invest in green infrastructure, production of green energy such as, but not only limited to, solar cells, and windmills.
Participants: Christine Alsing Schuldt (moderator), Frederikke Marie Dam, Amanda Frisk, Leise Hartvig Sandemann, Nina Petzel, Anna Fischer, Emma F. Andersson, Anna af Petersén
Young Tourism work group
On behalf of the Model European Parliament Baltic Sea Region and the Youth Parliament, I would like to thank the organizers of the Femarn Belt Days Conference for this opportunity to contribute to the important question of how we attract young tourists to the Femarn Belt Region.
In the Youth Committee we have been working tirelessly on finding common ground that promotes and binds the Fehmarn Belt Region together and the result of our work is a statement in which our ideas and proposals are outlined.
I will now read aloud the finished statement:
In order to promote the Fehmarnbelt region from a cultural and environmental perspective to young people, we encourage the organisation of programs for students, undergrads and young people taking a sabbatical. The programs should focus on sustainable working opportunities for young people, nature-preserving volunteer work and self-organised backpacking.
In this spirit we also suggest summer workshops, with a focus on sustainability, for a number of weeks. These workshops would focus on the education of climate problems and the climate debate, and would interest young people in Europe due to the Fehmarnbelt being a pioneering region on the subject of sustainability.
Furthermore we propose the idea of a Fehmarn Festival, which would combine music, sports and food in order to attract and bring together a broad spectrum of young people. The festival would change place annually, featuring varying combinations of three cultural components from the three different parts of the Fehmarnbelt region annually. The festival would last up to a month and would take place during the summer; bringing people of the Fehmarnbelt region together.
To make the Fehmarnbelt region an attractive travel destination for young adults we need to create awareness of the region, and make it an affordable visit. For this we have prepared three additional proposals.
Proposal number one is to create a local travel ticket within the Fehrmanbelt region that is similar to the Eurorail concept. By doing this, we make the region accessible for the youth, who often have limited traveling funds. Furthermore, this will promote and increase tourism in the more rural areas of the Fehmarnbelt region.
Our second proposal is to establish a website along with an app that will work as a social network. This website will make the area more accessible to the young travelers, and present the possibilities in a way that the generation is familiar with. This should be a place where you can leave reviews and comments on local businesses and activities, and post personal announcements about current activities and possibilities.
Thirdly we propose a campaign that raises awareness about the area. This campaign should include
– Videos that will tell the Fehmarnbelt story
– Promoting the area as a travel destination through already existing travel agencies
– Online presence, for example on facebook, youtube etc.
– Informing students at their schools about the different Fehmarnbelt options, such as volunteering at camps, etc.
Participants: Lawand Namo (moderator), Mathies Duch Gronemann, Lucas Sewerin, Ulrikke Moestrup, Emma Ihlemann, Pietro Nicki, Jens Jacob Abel Nordqvist, Simon Käll