Policy area: Transport policy
16 Feb 2021 North Sweden’s contribution to the European Parliament's study on transport infrastructure in the EU's low density- and depopulation areas
The European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee has published a study on transport infrastructure in low density- and depopulation areas, where North Sweden has participated. The study highlights the main elements of these areas, which often exhibit unique demographic and geographical characteristics, and assesses the challenges in providing an effective and fair transport policy.
On December 10–11, Northern Sweden gathered in Brussels with 50 regional representatives to participate in a meeting for Europe Forum Northern Sweden in the midst of the ongoing negotiations for the next program period for the EU "post-2020". The two days, organized by North Sweden invited a number of leading EU representatives including the head of the cabinet of Sweden's new EU commissioner.
On November 28, the North Sweden European Office organized a round table on the EU's future transport policy within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) financing mechanism and the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The seminar was held in close collaboration with the Norrbotniabanan as well as the Region Norrbotten and Region Västerbotten.
On October 7, the European Commission published its Regional Competitive Index. The index that categorizes the competitiveness of regions shows that Northern Sweden is behind other comparable regions in Europe when it comes to infrastructure, among other things, and that this reduces competitiveness compared to other regions.