11 Jan 2024 Key Takeaways From The NSPA Forum 2023
On the 14th of December 2023, we gathered in the capital of North Karelia, Joensuu, for the annual NSPA forum. This year, the forum’s main topics were EU cohesion policy as well as the effects of the geopoltitical situation, security plans, infrastructure, and transport plans on the regions. We also received an update on the project “Support to the implementation capacity of sustainable green development in the European Arctic Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA)” implemented by the OECD. Finally, we held a fruitful workshop on the future of NSPA. Across the various presentations, discussions, and events of the forum, a few central themes emerged: finding new ways of co-operation, promoting a unified voice, as well as fostering resilience and flexibility.
24 Okt 2023 NSPA Forum 2023 in Joensuu - registration open
19 Okt 2023 Skills for the green transition: attracting, retaining and reskilling in sparsley populated areas
The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) gathered yet another year decisions-makers, experts and variety of stakeholders from business, civil society and academia together to discuss the topical issues of cohesion policy, common challenges and cooperation. First time after the pandemic, the theme week was fully physical with a total over 220 workshops, 500 speakers and 7000 participants.
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.
08 Nov 2022 Northern Sparsely Populated Areas' (NSPA) views on the EU's Nature Restoration Law - the importance of a regional dimension
THE NSPA POSITION IN BRIEF The NSPA welcomes the initiatives to protect and improve ecosystems with lost or impaired function and finds it positive that the aim is wide and include all the ecosystems across the Europe.
The NSPA Bioeconomy and Energy Working Group would like to invite stakeholders in the NSPA regions to a meeting on EU energy issues. The aim of the meeting is to share the newest development in the EU, with a focus on the effects from the war in Ukraine and the current energy crisis.