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The history of Copenhagen Malmö Port is a story about a unique cross-border alliance. For the first time in history, two ports in two different countries have joined all their port operations into one company, one organisation and one legal entity.

15 May 2001
Official opening of CMP attended by Danish Minister of Transport, Jacob Buksti, Swedish Minister of Trade and Industry, Björn Rosengren, Copenhagen Chief Mayor, Jens Kramer Mikkelsen, and Chairman of Malmö municipal board, Ilmar Reepalu. More than 450 invited guests attend the opening.

27 February 2001
Danish dockworkers from the Free Port start working at a sugar ship in Malmö.

1 January 2001
Copenhagen Malmö Port AB is now a fact. 

12 December 2000
The board of Port of Malmö decides on the merger.

14 December 2000
The Port of Copenhagen board takes the same decision.

19 November 2000
The merger steering group completes its work and recommends to the boards of Port of Copenhagen and Port of Malmö that Copenhagen Malmö Port AB be established. CMP is to be registered as a limited liability company in Sweden with head office in Copenhagen. For the first two years, CMP will have a Danish chairman of the board.

1 November 2000
Port of Copenhagen becomes a government-owned public limited company and holds a statutory general meeting the very same day. The legal framework is in place: a merger can be decided.

1 July 2000
Øresund Bridge is officially opened. Steel, concrete and asphalt replace the "floating bridge" across the Sound.

May 2000
Act on Port of Copenhagen is amended. This enables the port to operate outside the Copenhagen port area. Thus the Danish legal framework falls into place.

Autumn 1999
Language courses for employees in the two ports. A mini-dictionary of 100 Danish and Swedish shipping and port-related terms loosens their tongues. The merger is promoted through the media. Enormous interest in the merger. Customers informed directly of merger plan. Joint sales catalogues are prepared. A temporary CMP website is launched. The required amendments to Act on Port of Copenhagen drag out. Consequently, the legal formation of CMP – and business start-up – is delayed.

17 June 1999
Port of Copenhagen invites over 100 customers to Sweden to show how they will benefit from the merger. The attitude towards the merger is positive, and many customers begin considering how to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by the region.

Spring 1999
A programme is initiated in order to integrate the two ports. To become acquainted with procedures and to build team spirit, employees from the two ports visit each other. All organisational levels participate enthusiastically.

26 March 1999
The boards of the two ports decide to set up a joint port operating company, Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP. A letter of intent is made, stating that CMP must be operational by 1 January 2000, six months before the opening of the Øresund Bridge.

28 September 1998
A meeting between Malmö Mayor Ilmar Reepalu, Copenhagen head Mayor Jens Kramer Mikkelsen, and Management of Port of Malmö and Port of Copenhagen decides to aim at a merger between the two ports. A merger is the best way to help create a strong cross-border region.

5 November 1997
Opting for closer cooperation. The form of cooperation has not been decided yet. Every opportunity – from marketing cooperation to a merger proper – is still open. Working and steering groups are established to identify opportunities and consequences of different models.

13 May 1997
Meeting between Henning Hummelmose, Managing Director, Port of Copenhagen, and Lars Karlsson, Managing Director, Port of Malmö, to discuss possible cross-border cooperation in the new Øresund Region linked by the Fixed Link across Øresund. Prior to the meeting the impact of the infrastructure has been analysed and growth potential and competitive position of the two ports identified. A picture begins to emerge of the synergies to be gained by companies that venture to embrace integration.

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