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.
In the middle of spring in Brussels, Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) and the Arctic Five university alliance hosted an event with roundtable discussions under the title The role of the Arctic in the EU's research agenda 2025 onwards. The event was put together to discuss the role of the Arctic in the EU’s future research agenda, current status of The EU’s Arctic Policy and a more holistic approach to Arctic issues.
22 Mar 2023 NSPA Position Paper on EU Talent Pool
In March 2023, the NSPA Steering Committee approved a position paper on the European Commission’s initiative on EU Talent Pool. The NSPA welcomes the Commission's consultation and puts forward its views regarding the initiative that aims to strengthen EU’s attractiveness to skilled workforce and help employers to find workforce they need.
In February 2023, the NSPA Steering Committee approved a position paper on the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025–2027 as part of the Comission's consultation on the past, present and future of the EU’s Horizon research and innovation programmes 2014–2027. The NSPA welcomes the Comission's consultation and puts forward its views regarding the future Strategic Plan of the Horizon Europe for the period 2025–2027.