Exploring the Northern Dimension

ND Newsflash No. 4/2016 (December)

ND Newsflash 4/2016 - visions for 2030

In this issue we take a look into the future of the Northern Dimension, its four partnerships and EU-Russia relations.

We wish you a peaceful holiday season and all the best for the coming year 2017!

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

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 for the Baltic Sea Region. The ND Day, organized by the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI), focused on envisioning the future in 2030 from the perspectives of the five priority areas of the Northern Dimension cooperation: environment, transport and logistics, public health and social wellbeing, culture and creative industries, and business. The interconnectedness of these areas was clearly evident throughout the discussion.

The panel discussion of ND Day was moderated by Monika Zamachowska and participants were Jaakko Henttonen, NDEP; Marek Maciejowski, NDPHS; Pavel Isaev, NDBC; Ilze Gailite-Holmberg, NDPC and Oddgeir Danielsen, NDPTL (from left to right in the picture).

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Environmental pollution knows no borders

Environmental pollution knows no borders

Adviser Jaakko Henttonen (ND Environmental Partnership), what does the future of the Northern Dimension area look like in terms of environmental conditions?

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Automatization and environmental concerns changing the transport sector

Automatization and environmental concerns changing the transport sector

Director Oddgeir Danielsen of Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics, what do you consider as the most important trend or issue shaping the development in the transport sector in the ND area by 2030?

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Towards cross-overs between cultural and creative industries and other sectors

Towards cross-overs between cultural and creative industries and other sectors

Ilze Gailite-Holmberg (Senior Adviser of ND Partnership on Culture), what does the future look like in cultural and creative industries in the Northern Dimension area by 2030?

Photo:  Senior Adiser Gailite-Holmberg with Northern Dimension Business Council member Pavel Isayev during ND Day.

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Focus on EU-Russia cooperation

Various EU-Russia cooperation formats and platforms were discussed at the workshop organized by HA Neighbours during the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm. In particular, the Northern Dimension and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) were raised up as successful cooperation platforms. HA Neighbours is one of the Horizontal Actions (HA) in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Its aim is to promote cooperation with Russia, Ukraine, Norway and Iceland in order to tackle the challenges and tap the opportunities identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

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Where are we heading: Healthier and wealthier?

Current and possible future regional challenges to health and social care as well as the economic impacts of population health in the Northern Dimension countries were discussed in a seminar organized by the ND Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS) in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network during the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Stockholm.

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New investments in wastewater treatment in Belarus

New investments in wastewater treatment in Belarus

Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) grant agreements to improve wastewater treatment in the Belarusian cities of Lida and Polotsk were signed on 19 December in Minsk.

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Northern Dimension Senior Officials convened in Reykjavik

The fifth meeting of the Senior Officials of the renewed Northern Dimension (ND) took place in Reykjavík on 14 December 2016. The meeting was hosted by Iceland and attended by the Senior Officials of the four Northern Dimension Partners - the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation.

The Northern Dimension Partnerships, the ND Institute as well as representatives of the Regional Councils, the International Financial Institutions as well as other delegates from EU states and observers also participated the meeting.

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European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes

European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Programming period 2014-2020 will continue European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with the financing support for the EU’s external actions with its southern and eastern neighbours. The goals are built for the possibilities to improve common interests of developing laws, democracy, human rights and social cohesion.

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Regional funding portals for Baltic, Barents and Northern Dimension area

During the last months new funding portals for the Northern Dimension sub-areas have been published. The funding portals help project organizations to follow up calls in a more efficient manner.

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