The Northern Dimension
The Northern Dimension policy is a common project of its Partners, the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation, who recognize that their cooperation framework can only be driven by a spirit of partnership and based on shared confidence. The Partners reaffirm their responsibility for the prosperity of Northern Europe, its sustainable development and the well-being of its population.
The Partners recognize and value their geographic proximity, economic interdependence, and common cultural heritage. They are committed to cooperate actively on the basis of good neighbourliness, equal partnership, common responsibility and transparency, committed to facing common challenges and reaping together the benefits of one of the most dynamically developing areas of the world.
The Northern Dimension supports the existing multilateral co-operation within the Northern Regional Councils and aims to maximize their synergies as well as those of all other Northern Dimension participants and actors.
The Northern Dimension also focuses on issues of specific relevance in the North, such as its fragile environment, public health and social issues, culture and indigenous peoples’ issues. Cross-border cooperation is a cross-cutting Northern Dimension theme, producing added value at the sub-regional and translational level.
The Barents Euro-Arctic Council alongside with other regional councils is a participant in the Northern Dimension.
On October 28th, 2011, the Northern Dimension Institute issued the Coherent Northern Dimension independent report on the policy priorities of the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Council of Baltic Sea States and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in comparison with the Northern Dimension Objectives.