Who we are

About us

In 2008, the Ministers of Transport of Denmark and Germany signed a state treaty on the construction of a fixed link between Fehmarn on the German and Lolland on the Danish side of the Fehmarnbelt. The Fehmarnbelt fixed link is to strengthen the axis of growth between the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen/Malmö and Hamburg/Lübeck.

It is only with the early involvement of the business community that the Fehmarnbelt fixed link becomes a success from the very first day of opening. These regions can only stabilise and secure their economic growth in the course of globalisation if they learn to cooperate with one another – across natural and political borders. It is therefore important to identify the opportunities for cooperation and development potential in the region along the growth axis at an early stage and to bring possible actors together.

These regions can only stabilise and secure their economic growth in the course of globalisation if they learn to cooperate with one another – across natural and political borders.
The Fehmarnbelt Business Council (FBBC) was established in 2007 as an international business union of chambers and business associations from Denmark, Germany and Sweden, representing more than 400,000 companies through its members. As an international consortium, the FBBC plays a coordinating role and serves as a platform on which all interested in the project can coordinate their respective projects and participate in joint activities.

The FBBC is a consortium of Dansk Erhverv, Dansk Industri, the German–Danish Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Skilled Crafts, Schwerin Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lübeck Merchants’ Association and UV Nord.

Chairmanship

The members of the FBBC elect every two years a chairman and a vice chairman, who represent the FBBC’s interests in the public.
FBBC Chairman Dr. Arno Probst

FBBC Chairman

Dr. Arno Probst

Vice president, Lübeck Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany

FBBC Vice Chairman Michael Svane

FBBC Vice Chairman

Michael Svane

CEO of the Federation of Danish Transport; director at the Confederation of Danish Industry

Members of the FBBC

Dansk Industri

Danish Transport Federation (DI Transport) is an integral part of the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI), and is working to ensure a more efficient transport market in Denmark and in the EU. DI Transport represents a wide range of associations and companies within the transport industry and we focus on the entire transport chain.

Council member: Michael Svane
Task Force member: Andreas Karl Færgemann
www.danskindustri.dk

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

As the representative organisation of Hamburg’s enterprises the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the political lobbyist, mediator and advocate for the local business community of 170.000 enterprises. The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce aims to represent all Hamburg firms and to function like a turbocharger to boost this engine’s performance. Our mission is clear: we work for our members and the success of their businesses.

Council member: Dr. Malte Heyne
Task Force members:
Dr. Philipp Henze, Daniel Möck
www.hk24.de

Chambers of Commerce and Industry Schleswig-Holstein

The Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Flensburg, Kiel and Lübeck are the self-governing body of the business community in Schleswig-Holstein representing the general interest of its member companies. They are a modern, customer-oriented institution providing companies and the public with a wide range of products and services. They also carry out mandatory tasks transferred to the chambers by law.
Council member: Lars Schöning
Task Force member: Rüdiger Schacht
www.ihk-schleswig-holstein.de

Dansk Erhverv

The Danish Chamber of Commerce is the network for the service industry in Denmark. It is one of the largest professional business organisations in Denmark with more than 240 employees, offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and in Brussels. We are a private non-profit organisation whose goal is to make running a business easier for our members. By means of political influence and expert advice to our members, we strive to create conditions that will make it attractive to do business in a globalised world.

Council member: Niels Milling
Task Force member: Per Thye Rasmussen
www.danskerhverv.dk

German-Danish Chamber of Commerce

The German-Danish Chamber of Commerce (AHK Dänemark) promotes and strengthens the bilateral economic relations between Germany and Denmark. A team of experts assists particularly small and mediumsized companies with all questions surrounding export activities in both countries. Annually, the experts service more than 1,000 companies with market entry services, book-keeping and payroll-services as well as legal and tax services. The Chamber is also the largest German-Danish networking platform with around 630 members firms.

Council and Task Force member:
Reiner Perau
www.handelskammer.dk

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden functions as southern Sweden’s collective voice. We work directly with companies in our region with the mindset that running a business in southern Sweden should be easy. As a private knowledge organization, we offer our members various services including international trade support, networking events, seminars and training within a wide range of topics as well as business advice and lobbying on behalf of our members.

Council member: Stephan Müchler
Task Force member: Pontus Lindberg
www.handelskammaren.com

Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Skilled Crafts

The Lübeck Chamber of Skilled Crafts is the self-governing body of the skilled crafts sector in Southern Schleswig-Holstein. It provides a wide range of services to its 21.000 members: holding craftsman examination, consultancy to vocational training and support, management consultancy and assistance in foreign trade. The chamber further functions as representation of its members in politics.

Council member: Andreas Katschke
Task Force member: Sybille Kujath
www.hwk-luebeck.de

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Schwerin

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Schwerin represents the interests of about 24,000 member companies in Western Mecklenburg with respect to politics and administration. It also informs and advises on all relevant economic matters, offers professional education and is a platform for the exchange of experience. The chamber is based in Schwerin, the capital of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Food industry, tourism, wood processing, IT and maritime industries are important sectors.

Council member: Siegbert Eisenach
Task Force member: Hannes Schubert
www.ihkzuschwerin.de

Lübeck Merchants' Association

The Lübeck Merchants‘ Association is a society of entrepreneurs and executives in the Lübeck region with a history for centuries. As an economic organisation with about 500 members it supports the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Lübeck region in pursuing economic interests. It regards itself as a voice, network and supporter of business in the Baltic Sea area.

Council member: Hartmut Richter
Task Force member: Christian Diemer
www.kaufmannschaft.de

UV Nord - confederation of employers‘ associations in northern Germany

UVNord is the confederation of employers‘ associations in northern Germany representing the interests of 107 member associations covering all economic sectors including in total about 66.000 companies with 1.75 million jobs in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Further, as the regional branch of the national association of industries in Germany (BDI), UVNord is giving voice to the local industry of Schleswig-Holstein. Member of the UVNord in the immediate Fehmarnbelt region is UV Ostholstein-Plön, the independent advocate for businesses from Fehmarn to Bad Schwartau, from Neustadt to Schwentinental.

Council member: Uli Wachholtz
Task Force members:
Sebastian Schulze, Hannes Wendroth
www.uvnord.de

HanseBelt e. V. (associated member)

HanseBelt e.V. is an association of over 120 leading and committed companies in the region from Hamburg to Fehmarn and Segeberg to Wismar. The companies are redesigning communication measures, projects and events to strengthen the region. They are pioneers when it comes to modern corporate culture, employer attractiveness and creative ways of personnel development. The association also sensitizes companies in the region to the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.