The NSPA network cordially invites you to the 4th NSPA Forum on the 18-19 April 2012 in Sundsvall. The Sundsvall forum will focus on the thematic concentration of the next EU funding period and the opportunities that it brings to the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas.
The NSPA Forum is a place to share ideas and best practices and also to define common objectives and goals for the future. The Sundsvall Forum will focus on the thematic concentration of the next EU funding period and the opportunities that it brings to the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas. Attendees will be representatives from the EU institutions and participants from the NSPA region.
Venue: Hotell Södra Berget
Wednesday 18 April
16.30 Study visits: Snow Cooling System and MIUN Innovation, Mid Sweden University. Please see practical information below.
19.30 Official NSPA reception and dinner hosted by the County Council of Västernorrland
Thursday 19th of April
09.00 Opening session
- Welcome - Ms. Åsa Möller, Chairwoman County Council of Västernorrland
- Introduction of the NSPA network - Kari Aalto, North Finland EU Office
09.20 The proposal of the European Commission , thematic priorities connected to ERDF, ESF and territorial cooperation - Ms. Charlina VITCHEVA, Head of Directorate H, DG Regio
10.00 Relevance and effectiveness of support to regions with specific geographical features - study on ERDF and Cohesion Fund (CF) support to regions with specific geographical features - islands, mountainous and sparsely populated areas, commissioned by DG Regio. - Dr Benito GIORDANO, Expert Regional Development, Analysis for Economic Decisions (ADE)
10.30 National perspectives on the proposal of the European Commission - Finland, Norway and Sweden
11.20 NSPA perspectives on the proposal of the European Commission - Presentation of the NSPA position paper (draft) and introduction to the workshops
13.00 Workshops on ERDF, ESF and territorial cooperation
14.00 Conclusion of the workshops
14.45 Adoption of the NSPA position
15.00 Summary, conclusion, and invitation to the next NSPA Forum
The NSPA network is looking forward to seeing you in Sundsvall!