The Northen Periphery and Arctic Programme held their annual conference on the last week of September in Akureyri on Iceland. About 90 participants from twelve countries representing a variety of organisations and programmes gathered for two days to discuss a roadmap for deeper cooperation in the Arctic Europe area. The background for this work is the European Commission’s decision to set up a European Arctic stakeholder forum with the aim of enhancing collaboration and coordination between different funding programmes. A pilot activity will be launched, led by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, aiming at bringing together a network of managing authorities and stakeholders from various regional development programmes in the European Arctic. The aim is to facilitate the exchange of information, plan and coordinate calls for proposals and monitor the impact of programmes in the region.
This new collaboration network will also be open to participation by relevant national and international financing instruments.
The pilot activity will be ongoing until the end of 2017. The budget will be decided case by case. The participation in events has to be funded mainly by the Programmes’ Technical Assistance budget and in some cases extra EU funding will be needed. The Funding Programme bodies and their Joint Secretariats will play a leading role.
Tomas Hallberg speaking at the panel discussion.
From left: Rasmus Rasmussen (Nordregio), Chris McDonald (OECD), Anu Fredriksson (Arctic Economic Council), Elle Merete Omma (Arctic Council IP Secretariat), Tom Barry (CAFF), Marek Maciejowski (NDPHS Secretariat), Tomas Hallberg (IBS).