Northern Sparsely Populated Areas Network (NSPA)
Based on both common advantages and challenges, the regions of northern Finland, Norway and Sweden work together in the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) network. The 13 regions from the norternmost parts of the three countries share common circumstances and objectives and are working together to raise awareness of the NSPA in the EU institutions, to influence EU policy and to provide a platform for best practise.
29 Sep 2022 Raising Arctic voices in Brussels
How can we increase focus on Arctic issues and strengthen cooperation with the EU network? These questions were raised by the Arctic Five during their visit to Brussels for the Nordic University Days and meeting with relevant Arctic actors. The three European offices of NSPA facilitated the meetings.
In June 2022, the Steering Committee of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas approved a position poper on the European Commission’s initiative on brain drain – mitigating challenges associated with population decline. The NSPA welcomes the Commission’s ambition to contribute to reducing regional disparities in the initiative on “Brain drain”, raising the problem with population decline and the lack of skilled workforce in European regions.
The NSPA Bioeconomy and Energy working group has had a very active first year and will continue at the same pace in the coming months. The purpose of the working group is to influence the policy development of bioeconomy and energy at EU level, and to increase awareness and cross-border collaboration between the regions.