Policy area: Regional policy
16 Dec 2020 Arctic Futures Symposium 2020
This year, the Arctic Futures Symposium was organized for the eleventh year in a row by the International Polar Foundation and its partners. The conference was held online and lasted for three days. Thomas Norvoll, next Chairman of Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) between 2021-2023 and Chair of the Board at North Norway European Office, participated as a speaker on the third day.
On November 30, Europaforum Northern Sweden (EFNS) adopted a position on the EU initiative for a long-term vision for rural areas. The network, which brings together politicians from Sweden’s four northernmost regions, emphasizes the need for a place-based approach in rural development strategies.
On November 26th, 2020, Finland and Sweden officially approved the establishment of the Kvarken Council EGTC, a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation aiming to develop cross-border cooperation and improve competitiveness in the region.
On the 4th of November, the Brussels offices and steering committee of Northern Sparsely Populated Areas, NSPA, met with the EU Arctic Ambassador, Michael Mann, to discuss the NSPA's role in the EU's ongoing review of the 2016 Arctic Strategy. Mann emphasized the importance of continuing the dialogue and the interdependence between the EU and the NSPA.