Exploring the Northern Dimension

'A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches' in Oulu, Finland

The European Commission, together with European External Action Service and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, will co-host the high-level event "A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches", to take place in Oulu (Finland) on 15-16 June 2017 (starting on 15 June afternoon and finishing on 16 June afternoon). Following the publication of the Joint Communication on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Commissioner Karmenu Vella and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will have an open debate with governments, industry, research, indigenous and local community representatives on the climate and environmental challenges facing the Arctic and on how international and local cooperation can boost sustainable and innovative development.

The event will also include a high-level session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum and the annual Indigenous Peoples Arctic Dialogue. A more detailed programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Please, follow this link and register to the event: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/MARE-ARCTIC2017

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"Arctic Variety" published by Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will publish the book "Arctic Variety" on October 27th, 2016. The book was commissioned by the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019. The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book also tells about the Arctic Council, Finland's role in it, and linkages to the European Union and to other international politics. The themes include climate change, new shipping routes and interest in the north in the world's leading countries.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at eurooppatiedotus.fi. The five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic can be viewed at youtube.com/eurooppatiedotus.

Read more about the book on Finnish Foreign Ministry website.

10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum 2017, Turku, Finland

Date: November 2-3, 2017

Venues:

  • Nov 2: Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, (Linnankatu 32, Turku)
  • Nov 3: Aitiopaikka (Itsenäisyydenaukio 2, Turku)

Objectives of the 10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum 2017

The anniversary Forum will be dedicated to ‘The Future of Baltic Sea Tourism’ as the principal theme. Visit Turku and the City of Turku, the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Visit Finland and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland will host the conference, in close cooperation with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board and Policy Area Tourism of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region as constant organisers of the Forum.

The 10th BSTF will provide a mix of policy issues and several practical approaches for peer learning and exchange. Keynotes regarding trends in tourism and the future of Destination Marketing Organisations will be complemented by case-studies, good practices and seminars, which will provide room for sharing ideas and knowledge across the BSR.

Special focus will be given to future and trend topics like digitalization, tourism financing, funding, education and transnational cooperation. Moreover, in the light of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, sustainability will become an integrated part of the forum.

In addition, the forum will again offer the possibility for projects and initiatives to showcase their pioneering ideas of transnational and cross-border initiatives to boost the visibility of existing sustainable approaches of international cooperation.

The cultural programme of the 10th anniversary will provide pleasurable space for exchange combined with unique experiences for guests and participants of the Forum.

Programme and registration: balticseatourism.com

Questionnaire on futures of tourism in the Baltic Sea region in 2030

The 10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum is dedicated to the theme ‘The Future of Baltic Sea Tourism’. We invite you to begin the discussion on this theme by completing this questionnaire:

Link to the questionnaire

The questionnaire asks you to reflect upon the probability and desirability of six statements concerning possible futures of Baltic Sea tourism in 2030. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

The responses will be collected and categorised for a second round which will take place at the Forum in Turku. The results from the two rounds will be utilised in future Baltic Sea Tourism Forums and other development projects. The questionnaire is commissioned by the organisers of the Baltic Sea Tourism Forum and made by Finland Futures Research Centre.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to complete our questionnaire. Everyone interested in the possible futures of the Baltic Sea region is welcome to share their insights.

Thank you in advance for your response.

6 countries signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPC Secretariat

6 countries have signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The official signing ceremony between the governments of the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Latvia, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Sweden was held on 28 May at the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

NDPC focuses on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries, bridging the gap between various sources of funding and strengthening cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector and international institutions throughout Northern Europe, and facilitates state, regional and private funding attraction for the implementation of significant cultural and creative industries projects in Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.


Source: NDPC website. Photos from the signing ceremony can be found at the NDPC website.

A link between Europe and the Arctic - Railway development in Finland

Helsinki remains committed to build a connection through the Gulf of Finland and all the way to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Construction could start in few years, a member of the country’s Parliament says.

In a comment to the Barents Observer, Oddgeir Danielsen, leader of the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics, says the projects address a “missing link between Europe and the Arctic”.  «The Helsinki-Tallin tunnel and the Arctic Railroad will unlock the huge Arctic potential and give impetus to a sustainable economic development both in the region and as well for a number of countries both in Europe, Russia and Asia».

Read the full article on Barents Observer webpage.

A strategic partnership created to develop smart ships

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have announced a strategic partnership to design, test and validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships.

VTT has deep knowledge of ship simulation and extensive expertise in the development and management of safety-critical and complex systems in demanding environments such as nuclear safety. They combine physical tests such as model and tank testing, with digital technologies, such as data analytics and computer visualisation. They will also use field research to incorporate human factors into safe ship design. As a result of working with the Finnish telecommunications sector, VTT has extensive experience of working with 5G mobile phone technology and wi-fi mesh networks. VTT has the first 5G test network in Finland.

Read more about the partnership on VTT website.

Arctic Business Forum in Kemi, Finland

The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

For more information, please see the Arctic Business Forum's website.

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.

Arctic Maritime Security SARC Project launched

The Finnish Border Guard has launched the SARC Project to enhance and develop cooperation and competence of the maritime security authorities in the Artic countries with a practical approach. Increasing activity in the Artic demands also the authorities to evaluate and develop their competence and ways of cooperation in the challenging conditions. The SARC project invites the authorities to act together but the project also aims to work closely with the stakeholders within representing Arctic industry and research. The project promotes actively Finnish Arctic knowhow and best practices.

Read more about the project on Finnish Border Guard website.

Barents Co-operation 25 Years - Fostering Common Opportunities in the European Arctic

Venue: The Swedish Representation to the EU, Square de Meeus 30
Time: Tuesday 5 June 8:30-13:00 followed by Barents Cooperation 25 Years Anniversary Lunch (Arctic seafood and refreshments)

The Barents cooperation, covering northernmost Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, is a unique cooperation in the European Arctic

Through 25 years, it has delivered high-level dialogue in the region along with everyday people-to-people collaboration and regional cooperation. It is a unique platform that involves the EU as a participating partner, together with Iceland and Denmark and representatives from the indigenous communities.

The Arctic is of enhanced importance due to increasing challenges that also delivers new opportunities.

It is of immense importance to keep the low-tension in the region to be able to tackle the common global challenges, building on a day-to-day, local and regional collaboration over the borders in the European Arctic region.

The seminar will discuss how the Barents cooperation these 25 years have been of great importance and a best practice for cross-border cooperation in Northern Europe, and how we see the Barents cooperation develop into the future.

High-level speakers and practitioners from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia and the EU will present the best practices for cross-border cooperation in the Barents region followed by a “Talking Barents” panel debate.

Registration: bit.ly/BarentsBrussels

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