Policy area: Industry policy
29 Jan 2021 Potential for world-leading mining industry in northern Sweden according to new OECD study
On 27 January, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organised a webinar together with Region Norrbotten and Region Västerbotten to launch a new report on the opportunities and challenges for mines and minerals in the two northernmost regions in Sweden. Representatives from the industry, academia, Sami Parliament and the European Commission participated together with regional councillors Nils-Olov Lindfors and Rickard Carstedt to discuss OECD recommendations and proposals for measures to develop and strengthen the mining industry.
The webinar ´Circular economy in the Arctic Industries´ was broadcasted as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) by the Brussels offices of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) and the Brussels office of Scotland Highlands & Islands. The topics were regional cooperation and circular economy in the Arctic.
15 Sep 2020 Northern Sweden puts forward the importance of a regional dimension on EU's forest strategy
In May 2020, a position paper on EU’s new forest strategy was adopted by the Europaforum Northern Sweden, a network which brings together politicians from the four northernmost regions of Sweden. The network emphasizes the importance of considering the large regional variations within the EU when it comes to available forest, forestry and biodiversity. Northern Sweden, as one of the most forest dense regions in Europe, plays a key role in the green transition.
The EU is dependent on the import of important minerals. EU’s raw materials initiative requires a lowered import need and a growth within self-sufficiency of metals and minerals for the Union. To provide the higher levels of self-sufficiency of minerals and materials within the EU needed for mobile phoned and batteries there needs to be, outside of recycling, an increase of exploitation of minerals within the Union. Northern Sweden has a key role in this with its unique supply of metal and minerals. EU’s access to raw materials is a vital part of its climate adaptation and will contribute in a number of ways in regard to reaching a climate neutral Europe.