Event Type

Between geopolitics and social development

Event Dates
Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Brussels

In 2017 Norway set out its vision for a peaceful, innovative and sustainable north and the policies for achieving it, in Norway’s Arctic Strategy – between geopolitics and social development. Following a presentation of this strategy, the Northern Sparsely Populated Area co-operation will present its priorities for EU investments in the Arctic post 2020. The NSPA network represents the northernmost countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway. The event will be rounded off with a Q&A session.


Welcome & Opening remarks
H.E. Oda Helen Sletnes, Norway’s Ambassador to the EU

Opening remarks
Satu Vehreävesa, Chairwoman of Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA)

A presentation of Norway’s new Arctic Strategy
Trond Gabrielsen, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vincent Fleischer, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

Building strong and smart communities: NSPA’s proposals for EU investments in the Arctic
Kari Aalto, Director of East & North Finland EU Office
Mikael Janson, Director of North Sweden EU Office
Nils Kristian Sørheim Nilsen, Director of North Norway European Office

To attend, please register at the link above by 15 January 2018.