The cooperation is intended to join forces, create synergies and increase the quality of life of the citizens in the region. Further goals are resource efficiency, intelligent networking and knowledge transfer, economic cooperation as well as modern services of general interest and participation. The signing was celebrated with a ceremony on the Hanseatic ship "Lisa von Lübeck" in the presence of the mayors and mayoress as well as invited guests.
"We are very pleased that in the future we will work together on solutions in these challenging times. The cooperation starts today with the first exchange and will be concretized and intensified in the future," said Lübeck's mayor Jan Lindenau. "It is very important to us that we are not a closed circle, but open to other interested parties - including, of course, all cities without a Hanseatic tradition."
"Even if the term `Hanseatic League' is rather tradition-laden today, the union of merchants and cities was primarily a driver of innovation during its heyday. We therefore want to use the network of the Hanseatic League today to be able to shape the current challenges of digitization more efficiently. The close and good neighborliness of our cities helps in this," continues Eva-Maria Kröger, Mayor of the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock.
"Cooperation, development and innovation: these are Hanseatic values that apply to us in Stralsund then and now. We face common challenges, which we want to meet in solidarity with the Smart Hansa. In this way, we will succeed in making our cities even more livable," says Dr. Alexander Badrow, Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Stralsund.
"As Hanseatic cities, we have been working together for centuries, and we are naturally continuing this tradition in the 21st century. It's always good to talk to each other and benefit from each other's experience, and that's what we're hoping for from Smart Hansa," says Thomas Beyer, Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Wismar.