Success for Conference

Over 400 delegates from across Europe attended the 2014 North Sea Conference, hosted by Aberdeenshire Council with support from Aberdeen City Council, last week.

The event, which took place from June 25 to June 27, explored European funding and co-operation opportunities between countries bordering the North Sea and was partly funded by the INTERREG North Sea Region Programme and North Sea Commission.

Information on a new European funding programme was given, highlighting the availability of grants for projects focusing on innovation, low carbon and sustainable transport from the new INTERREG 5B North Sea Region Programme.

Delegates were also given the opportunity to learn about facilities, companies and work being undertaken across Aberdeenshire through a number of thematic study tours.

The tours proved so popular with delegates keen to learn more about Aberdeenshire that additional visits were organised to accommodate demand.

The tours included visits to the HOBESCO biomass facility in Banchory, The Store farm and shop in Foveran, Subsea 7 in Westhill and the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead.

It is anticipated that the conference will help to facilitate projects that will be taken forward in the coming years with international partners.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “I am delighted with the turn out at the event, which has made the 2014 North Sea Conference one of the largest and most successful in the event’s history.

“The conference has been a great opportunity to promote Aberdeenshire to delegates and the Council will capitalise upon the positive image of our area that has been portrayed. This perception, and the network and contacts that we have built, will be invaluable as we develop projects with international partners that will have direct and positive benefits to residents in Aberdeenshire.”