Policy area: North Sweden in the EU
03 Oct 2022 Invitation: Digital kick-off meeting on the 4th of October for the new EU-supported OECD-study
On the 4th of October a kick-off meeting for the new OECD-study will be held, a study which has been initiated by North Sweden and has received funding from the European Commission. The purpose of the new study is to propose strategies for regional development capacity for all the regions comprising the network Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA). At this Zoom event all relevant operative aspects of the project will be presented and discussed with regional representatives from the NSPA, as well as representatives from the European Commision (DG REFORM) and OECD.
European forum Northern Sweden (EFNS) takes a stand on the European Commission’s proposal to update EU legislation to make EU independent from Russian fossil fuels (REPowerEU). EFNS supports a high-level commitment under REPowerEU but highlights that the climate crisis, the energy crisis, and the war in Ukraine are increasingly placing focus on the green energy transition to a fossil free bioeconomy, where bioenergy offers a key solution to breaking both gas and oil dependency.
04 Apr 2022 NSPA forum 2022 - highly topical conference on northern Europe in the Arctic where many eyes are focused
On March 24-25, the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) Forum 2022 took place in Skellefteå. During the 1.5 days of the programme, participants were given discussions based on how the NSPA can deepen its cooperation between national borders and with the EU by being an important player in the Arctic. Since it was three years since the last forum in 2019, there was an extra pressure at this year's conference where Region Västerbotten and North Sweden hosted with up to 90 participants from northernmost Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
On March 17, Kadri Simson, EU-Commissioner responsible for EU energy policy, was in Norrbotten and Västerbotten to gain knowledge about the major industrial investments that are happening in northern Sweden and what the energy supply looks like for a green transition in the EU. She met with representatives from the industry but also regional politics.
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.