Policy area: North Sweden in the EU
16 Oct 2019 EU Arctic Forum 3–4 October 2019
Higher ambitions, more cooperation and more action in collaboration with those who live and work in the arctic were some of the conclusions when the Swedish crown princess Victoria, Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde, EU foreign service and the European Commission hosted the EU Arctic Forum and the EU Indigenous peoples' dialogue in Umeå during the 3-4 October. The EU Arctic Forum is the result of North Sweden’s and the network for the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas work to put the EU:s own arctic regions in focus of the EU:s ambitions to contribute to sustainable development within the arctic region.
The yearly European Week of Regions & Cities (EWRC) has held on October 7th – 10th, where regions and cities get the opportunity to showcase how they implement the EU: s cohesion policy, the regional development work that they do. During the week the North Sweden office organized a seminal on green energy transition in sparsely populated areas, Umeå municipality participated in several seminars and Region Västerbotten organized a culture event. Read on for how the regions participated during EWRC.
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.
Between 12-13 of June the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, held their third international meeting on mining in regions and cities. The two previous meetings took place in Chile and Australia so it was the first time the event was arranged in Europe where Skellefteå, together with Region Västerbotten stood as hosts. About 25 different nationalities participated, where a mix of actors from the public and private sector as well as society with different connections to the mining industry got togheter.