15 Oct 2021 EU's new Arctic policy presented
On October 13, the European Commission adopted the EU's new integrated Arctic policy. The North Swedens is included in the EU's Arctic regions and a large part of the Arctic policy therefore affects the region. The Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) network, which north Sweden is a part of, have been active within the EU in order to maintain the focus of the previous Arctic policy from 2016, which centred a lot of its attention around the EU contributing to the regional development in the European Arctic. This is a focus that remains with the new policy.
09 Jun 2021 Europaforum Northern Sweden’ position papers on EU's efforts in small labour markets and EU’s green industrial transition
On June 3rd, at the annual Forum for the European Forum of Northern Sweden (EFNS), the EFNS adopted two position papers. One of the papers proposes measures for how northern Sweden contributes to the EU's green transition, with industrial transformation planned in line with regional innovation systems and smart specialisation strategies. The second suggests that the EU's growth-creating efforts in small labour markets (SME’s) should be based on methodological development to support entrepreneurship and innovation capacity in sparsely populated areas.
On 18 March, the Swedish government decided to approve five infrastructure projects for further application to the EU Fund for the Interconnected Europe Fund (CEF), four of which are within the Bothnian Corridor – located in northern Sweden.
The European Network for Rural Development, ERND, organized a digital conference on the 22-26 of March, together with the European Commission, to discuss EU's long-term vision for rural development. The conference consisted of various webinars and panel debates in which representatives from the European Commission, together with national and regional representatives participated.
Nordic and European parliamentarians agree that the digitally developed Nordic countries can play a larger and more important role in Europe's digital future. For example, Sweden has many technology companies that have entered the global market. With the help of EU's new digital strategy, European member states can promote development for digital companies on the EU market.