We are the EU-office for the counties of Norrbotten and Västerbotten, the two northernmost counties of Sweden. The main purpose of the office is to contribute and encourage northern Sweden to become an active and competent region at a European level.
The founding organisations are the Municipalities, the County Councils, the County Administration Boards, the Federation of private enterprises and the Chambers of Commerce in Norrbotten and Västerbotten as well as Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University. North Sweden European Office has an office in Brussels as well as an office in each county, located in the towns of Umeå and Luleå.
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Pat Cox, European Coordinator of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Corridor, visited Luleå and Kiruna May 30-June 1, 2016 for discussions on the transport system of Northern Scandinavia and the European Arctic.
At the twenty-second session of the Europaforum North Sweden (EFNS) in Piteå, the four northernmost counties in northern Sweden adopted five common policy positions on circular economy, reception of migrants, cohesion policy, wind power and biomass.
On 21-26 February, a team from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) visited four regions in northern Sweden as part of an in-depth study.
An expert team from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) arrived in Piteå on February 25, to participate in a joint seminar of the Europaforum North Sweden (EFNS).
The European Commission visited northern Sweden between the 24th and the 26th of February.
In its position paper, EFNS emphasizes the importance of forestry industry in Sweden and in the EU. The development of new products such as bio-based plastics, textiles and jet fuel as well as forest energy can substantially contribute to achieve the EU's goal of a developed region-based bio-economy.
In order to highlight the importance of the raw materials sector to economic growth, North Sweden European Office has initiated a series of articles on the mining activities and related industries in the County of Norrbotten and the County of Västerbotten in Northern Sweden. In part three of the series we will pay attention to SSAB and its operations in the City of Luleå.