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Northern Dimension in 2030 – How to grasp the opportunities and fight the challenges?

The second Northern Dimension Day took place in Stockholm, Sweden, back‐to‐back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy…

Lund University: New app makes the transport industry transparent

Swedish road freight companies that abide by work environment legislation, taxation regulations and environmental agreements have had a hard time surviving on a market where illegal transport operators can perform the same services at a much lower cost. A new app being developed at Lund University in Sweden makes the entire chain of transport visible to consumers.

The app is based on blockchain technology, which means that the transported products leave digital tracks at every stop they make on their way to the customer. The information is then collected in a database that is visible to all who are links in the chain, including the customer in the store.

Read the whole story on Lund University website.

Creative Powers for Europe, November 22th, 2016, Sweden

Sweden Proudly Presents and Welcomes You to Creative Powers for Europe!

Participate in a day of bold discussions and fresh ideas for moving the cultural and creative sectors in Europe forward. In doing so we will take steps towards sustainable development. The national and regional authorities that are the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Skåne are pleased to invite you to Creative Powers for Europe!

The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Stockholm, Sweden

The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 8th and 9th of November 2016. The Strategy Forum will be arranged back to back with the Baltic Development Forum, BDF.

The event is hosted by Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the European Commission.

The overall theme of the 7th Strategy Forum is the future of the Baltic Sea Region and how to achieve a common vision for 2030. The slogan for the Strategy Forum is: One Region, One Future - Vision for the Baltic Sea Region 2030". The Strategy Forum will be used to discuss how the EUSBSR can or should contribute to a desired development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity. A strong emphasis will also be placed on the agreed sub-objectives of the EUSBSR.

The registration will be open between 22 August and 30 September.

For further information, please visit: http://www.strategyforum2016.eu/

Publication: Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice

In a new book "Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice" Timo Koivurova and Pamela Lesser succinctly synthesise primary data gathered from interviews with local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs, government officials and businesses in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the USA. Considering all stakeholder perspectives, they present the regulatory processes of all eight Arctic countries and also provide helpful flowcharts that depict the process graphically for each country. Measuring these practices against the 1997 Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, the only Arctic environmental impact assessment guidance document that has been officially approved by the ministers of all eight Arctic countries, this book identifies key areas where adherence to best practice is high, such as stakeholder outreach and development, as well as those areas that fall short.

Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research meeting

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.

The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.

In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.

For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.

Publication: Gender, Education and Population Flows: Summary report on knowledge, cross-Nordic experiences and examples from practice

Bennike, Kathrine Bjerg
Faber, Stine Thidemann
Nielsen, Helene Pristed

During the Danish Presidency for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, attention was drawn towards challenges and best practice examples in relation to gender, education and population flows in peripheral areas throughout the Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the autonomous countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The present report summarises the findings and conclusions which are covered in the existing Nordic research and literature within the field, as well as the experience and professional responses, which were presented during the course of the common dialogue and exchange of experience.

To read the report, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.

Report: Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Finland's Prime Minister’s Office has published an independent expert group report Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Norway, Sweden and Finland share common economic, environmental and social interests in the Scandinavian Arctic. The report defines four drivers of growth and offers four instruments for the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North.

The report is written by Anne Husebekk, Rector, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Magdalena Andersson, Governor, Västerbotten County, Sweden and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland.

Project: Listening to Architecture, Composing spaces

Listening to Architecture, Composing spaces. Baltic Network of Design, Architecture and Music

The project aims to introduce in Russia the best European experiences in the fields of environment friendly architecture and energy-saving building construction, design of public spaces for disabled people and design and architecture for children through a number of activities.

Study: Joint Barents Transport Plan report (2013)

Joint Barents Transport Plan report (2013)

Proposals for development of transport corridors for further studies

The Barents Euro-Arctic Region

Economic and social development in the Barents Region requires better transport connections, and the aim for the work has been a joint approach to look at the future need for transport in the Barents Region.

Study: Cross-border logistics between EU and Russia (2013)

Cross-border logistics between EU and Russia (2013)

The flow of goods between Murmansk-Finland-Sweden with focus on the logistical interfaces in a supply chain

Wallin, Johan
Luleå University of Technology

The study provides a mapping and description of the flow of goods by road transportation across the two northernmost border crossings of Finland towards Russia, and a unique overall view is presented of the cross-boundary logistics in this region.

Project: The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes

The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes

Partners: Ports of Gothenburg Sweden, Århus, Denmark and Tallinn, Estonia

The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes project is a project co-funded by the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea programme that creates the necessary framework for an integrated maritime transport system.

Project: MONALISA

MONALISA

Lead partner: Swedish Maritime Administration, Market Department, Sweden

MONALISA aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport.

Project: ENVIMINE

ENVIMINE

Lead Partner: Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Northern Finland Office, Finland

While new mines will be put into operation, active deposits are scheduled for closure.

The challenges of the mine closure will arise; closed mines may have a negative impact on surrounding water, soil and air. This can be prevented by good planning, and therefore, information about the surroundings of the mine in question is needed.The project will develop innovative methodology concerning environmentally safe mine closure under specific conditions of Barents area. This will be done in cooperation between mining and environment expert from three countries. The project has three case mines from Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Project: ENERU

ENERU –project

Lead Partner: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland

This project aims to strengthen cross border cooperation in energy management to increase business cooperation among South Kola region in Russia, Finnish Lapland and Norrbotten Sweden.

Project: Baltic Link Gdynia-Karlskrona

Baltic Link Gdynia-Karlskrona

Lead Partner: Regional Council of Southern Småland, Sweden

The activities within our project consist of a new combined terminal in Alvesta, upgrading of the railway Emmaboda-Karlskrona (part of the Coast to coast line) and infrastructure investments in the Port of Karlskrona in Sweden together with investments in the Port of Gdynia in Poland.

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