EU Industry Policy
EU:s Industry policy aims to fulfill the inner market, as well as securing the EU's raw material supply. This is done through a number of initiatives to reduce trade obstacles and other barriers, which strengthens the competitiveness of the EU industry, including small and medium-sized companies. This promotes the emergence of new jobs and economic growth. EU competition law and rules counteract distortions of competition and ensure fair and equal conditions.
EU’s ambitions within this field is manifested through a number of policy areas through EU state aid rules, the Public Procurement Directive, the EU Raw Materials Strategy (which focuses on minerals but often also on biomass for energy production), the EU Forest Strategy, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the Energy Union, relevant parts of the Energy and Climate package 2030 and 2050 climate strategy with several relevant policy initiatives.
North Sweden European Office and Industry Policy
North Sweden influences and monitors EU:s policy and strategies for the inner market and industry to account for the regional perspective with special conditions and needs, mainly in correlation to the regions important position for EU's internal access to raw material.
North Sweden strives to ensure that EU policies for access and processing of raw materials also include forest and energy extraction in addition to minerals and metals. We highlight the importance of forestry within the EU policy framework with the position that northern Sweden has the potential of a leading position in forest biomass for energy recovery and other products. This work involves actively highlighting the importance of the base industry and its value chain as a driving force for rural and urban growth. North Sweden acts to ensure that, for example, forest biomass, carbon dioxide-free steel is a part of the EU's transition to a fossil-neutral economy.
North Sweden acts for the region's active participation in the EU's various initiatives to strengthen the raw material industry. The work is carried out in close collaboration with regional representatives and with other actors in Brussels who share Northern Sweden's visions and goals.
Other important areas for North Sweden to influence are the EU state aid rules for the benefit of the region's business sector, including regional airports and bioenergy. EU's forest strategy, cascade use of forest biomass and the LULUCF regulation are all the focus of North Sweden's efforts.
The office also monitors various EU initiatives for small business growth, including procurement rules and potential border obstacles and unequal conditions of competition. Also of importance is the continued broadband expansion in the northernmost sparsely populated areas, for full market access and potential for ICT solutions in the global front.
North Sweden also provides support to the region for participation in EU-funded programs and other financial solutions.
Industry Policy in Northern Sweden
Northern Sweden has an active and versatile business community and industry which delivers unique resources and competencies to the EU's internal market and export. Industries with particular importance for the region's development receive particular focus, such as mining, minerals and natural resources within forestry. The renewable energy production is unique for the region and contributes to the EU's efforts to achieve sustainable growth through transition to green energy and production. Energy production interacts with other industries and the local societies opportunities for development, where also EU development aid can contribute. In addition to the more traditional industries, the new are increasing, and are based on the unique conditions the region possess and which are increasingly important for the region's growth.
North Sweden monitors EU policy in areas important to northern Sweden, so that its actors have the opportunity to contribute to the EU competitiveness.