Policy area: Innovation policy
On March 24, Kerstin Jorna, Director General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s (DG Grow), visited Kiruna for meetings on northern Sweden's challenges and opportunities to contribute to Europe's green transition. North Sweden European Office had planned the programme which gave a broad insight into northern Sweden's industries such as mining, minerals, forests and tourism.
The political network Europaforum Northern Sweden has adopted a position paper on the EU’s new Arctic policy launched on October the 13th 2021. Europaforum Northern Sweden welcomes the policy but underlines that the Arctic needs to be embraced by the EU in a greater holistic manner than the new policy manages to deliver.
02 Nov 2021 Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) meeting about Arctic policy and the EU Green Deal
On October 21, the network Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) organized a digital steering group meeting. On the agenda were updates on the EU’s new Arctic Policy, the NSPA’s arctic investment platform (AIP), the importance of the forest to the European Green Deal, and the NSPA’s work forward.
29 Oct 2021 Workshop during European Week for Regions and Cities: green and digital transition in the European Arctic
As part of European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) in October, North Sweden, together with the Brussels offices of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) network and Scotland Highlands and Islands organized a workshop about EU's twin (green and digital) transition. The key speaker from the European Commission who participated said that the NSPA are leading regions and should take a more prominent role on EU level.
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.