EU policy for its citizens
For the EU institutions, it is important to involve the citizens in politics to increase political participation and promote a common European community. The EU's involvement in social issues is demonstrated through the Social Pillar adopted at the Gothenburg 2017 Summit, which laid the foundation for a more socio-economically inclusive Union. In addition to the goal of pursuing a sustainable circular economy, the Union contributes to socially sustainable development across the EU.
Through the Social Pillar, the EU wants social rights to benefit all EU citizens. Health for growth should help to bridge gaps in the working environment and public health and increase the years EU citizens lead a healthy life. Through programs such as Erasmus +, the EU wants to increase international exchanges and meet the Union's competence needs in the labor market. Through support from what is called Creative Europe, the EU Commission wants to promote diversity in media and culture and accelerate the dissemination of this industry through, among other things, digitization.
Europe's cultural heritage and cultural tourism are important for creating more jobs and preserving the cultural diversity of the member states, while strengthening citizens' perception of a common European culture. In addition, the EU is working to improve the integration of people from other countries and those who are outside the labor market. In order to promote solidarity among EU citizens, social efforts are being implemented to strengthen people's ability and community involvement through exchanges and coordination rather than through concrete legislation at EU level.
North Sweden European Office and the citizens' EU
North Sweden has a close dialogue with the region's actors who work in the fields of culture and creative industries, health, education, skills development, tourism and attractive habitats. North Sweden is working to monitor relevant funds and sector programs and provide support to relevant stakeholders, in order to increase participation in the EU's various programs and platforms for exchanges. On the EU arena, North Sweden is active in various networks in order to obtain information from the EU institutions in collaboration with other European regions and participate in arrangements to make the region's interests, activities and actors visible. North Sweden therefore wants insight into relevant processes in our region and get to know colleagues from these thematic sectors. In this way, North Sweden acquires knowledge of the regional operations and can provide input on ongoing calls, suitable networks and events in the EU arena.
The citizens' EU in Northern Sweden
Northern Sweden has economically viable social and cultural industries that are important for the citizens' habitat. Thanks to regional actors who are enthusiastic in various sectors, and the financial support of regional policy, industries have been able to grow and have shown economic and social values through, for example, a growing tourism industry. Within the framework of health, the region has been creative and has developed solutions to problems due to lack of skills and long geographical distances. Sweden's indigenous people have an important voice in Arctic politics in the EU arena where there are cultural and political interests. With a region that has a unique cultural and historical heritage, there are opportunities to be prominent in various contexts in the EU arena.
Since northern Sweden faces challenges with long distances and an aging population, that affects the conditions for the regions' attractiveness and good living environment, it is important to take advantage of the region's unique opportunities linked to innovation capacity and a healthy living environment. Thanks to the knowledge that the people of northern Sweden have the best quality of life in the EU, according to an EU survey, there is a good possibility to export the region's concept.