ND Newsflash No. 1/2016 (March)
The development of creative and cultural industries (CCI) and cultural tourism has been identified as the strategic focus of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). This includes also the facilitation of cross-sectorial spill-overs and innovation in CCI, as well as usage of CCI innovation in furthering tourism. In order to build up the knowledge base on the prevailing situation and support the future developments, the NDPC has commissioned a study on the topic. The study will be carried out with an aim to learn more about developments in CCI and its cross-sector spillovers with tourism, taking into account innovative case studies and best practices, as well as policy developments. The information will be utilized to develop recommendations for effective and sustainable integration of CCI and tourism sector. The study is carried out by PROMAN – a leading international consulting company specialised in development cooperation – with the funding from the European Commission.
The long-awaited wastewater treatment plant in Kaliningrad started operations on 18 December 2015 at about half of its capacity. By April 2016, the plant has reached almost full capacity processing biologically over 100,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day. The construction of the plant’s sand-filter and UV disinfection units will be finalized during the nearest weeks, and the handling and disposal of wastewater sludge will be solved during the next few months.
The 7th Northern Dimension Forum will take place on 7th April 2016 in St Petersburg. This year’s Forum focuses on discussing business opportunities and challenges in the Arctic. The keynote speeches address Arctic economic growth, sustainable development in the Arctic and investment incentives for foreign and Russian companies in North-West Russia. The speakers include representatives of ND member states and top-level Russian and European businesses, including the Arctic Economic Council. The event is organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council in cooperation with the Association of European Businesses. The Forum is expected to attract more than 250 participants representing Russian and European key actors in the Northern Dimension area.
For more information and registration visit: http://www.aebrus.ru/en/aeb-events/detail.php?ELEMENT_ID=2682721.
On 28 April 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) will hold a conference supporting the policy-to-project-to-policy cycle. The event aims to bring together political decision makers and regional stakeholders active in the field of health to discuss project activities necessary to achieve regionally agreed policy goals and means to ensure that suitable project results are transferred to the policy level. The conference is targeted at institutions/organizations with knowledge and expertise in the project area, which have capacity and interest to contribute to the achievement of priorities laid out in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Thanks to the kind support of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme’s Joint Secretariat, participants will be given the opportunity to receive feedback and guidance on project ideas during bilateral consultations.
The First Northern Dimension Day took place in Brussels Résidence Palace on 9 December 2015. Over 50 interested from the European Commission, European Parliament and other stakeholders from the EU and the Northern Dimension area were present at the event, organized with the intention of spreading knowledge of the Northern Dimension (ND) policy and the ND partnerships.
The Northern Dimension (ND) is an important policy forum for dialogue and cooperation between its partners. This applies also to the regional level. ND partnerships offer possibilities for development in fields that have direct impacts at the regional level, for the people. Coming from – and also representing the Finnish side of – the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA), the ND sometimes seems a bit southern on its orientation. However, I’m glad to see that a lot of attention is put on the northern cooperation networks. Barents cooperation, for example, with a long and fruitful national and regional cooperation between the northern partners of the ND (Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland), has potentially much to offer. Noting also the attention and activities in the Arctic area, there is huge potential that the ND can contribute significantly also to the development of the NSPA.
The Commission of Senior Officials of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) met in Arkhangelsk, Russia, on 22 March 2016 with the participation of representatives of the European Union and ministries of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. The meeting was held within the frames of the Russian Federation chairmanship in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.