Policy area: Innovation policy
On February 5th, an event was held in the European parliament that highlighted the climate effects from data centers as a growing problem in being able to reach the EU's goal on being a climate neutral continent by 2050. During the event it was stated that northern Sweden is a part of the solution, with good prerequisites to house datacenters through the access to green electricity also with the arctic climate for cooling but mainly through the leading role of the region within the technical development in energy effective datacenters.
26 Sep 2019 Norrbotten rewarded by EU: From three to four-star Reference Site in European healthy aging network
Region Norrbotten has stepped up in EU’s ranking system for European regions working innovatively within the health sector to develop new methods and digital solutions to promote healthy and active aging. Region Norrbotten has for a few years already been active within the EU-commission workgroup for integrated health within the innovation partnership for active healthy aging (EIP on AHA) where they this fall were awarded four stars.
26 Sep 2019 Regional representatives from EU-counties signed declaration in Umeå for social sustainability in EU
The 16-17 of September the first EU Social Progress Cities summit took place in Umeå. Region Västerbotten, together with Umeå municipality are a part of an EU pilot project called SPI Social Progress Index. The purpose of the SPI is to develop an alternate way of measuring development in comparison to BNP-growth, which is meant to work as a tool for the EU-commissions work with development strategies for regions. The conference in Umeå was the first of its kind where representatives engaged in social issues from different cities and regions participated, was closed with the signing of a declaration for social sustainability.
Norther Sweden continues to be an strong innovation region according to the EU index Regional Innovation Scoreboard 201. The region stands out with good results within public investment, lifelong learning, and international co-publications.
07 Mar 2016 European Commission visit to northern Sweden
The European Commission visited northern Sweden between the 24th and the 26th of February. Mikel Landabaso, Director for Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, and Ulrich Krause-Heiber, Deputy Head of unit, European Commission, participated in Europaforum Norra Sverige (EFNS) in Piteå at the invitation of North Sweden European Office. During the three-day event, they had the chance to meet different stakeholders from northern Sweden and take part in activities in Piteå and Luleå.