We are pleased to welcome you to a breakfast in the European Parliament highlighting the potential and obstacles faced by the Northern Sparsely POpulated Areas. Swedish MEP Jens Nilsson (S&D) and Finnish MEP Riikka Manner (ALDE) will lead a discussion on how EU cohesion policy can realize the enormous potential and overcome the obstacles faced by EUrope's far north.
The NSPA network welcomes you to a breakfast in the European Parliament highlighting the potential and obstacles faced by the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA). Swedish MEP Jens Nilsson (S&D) and Finnish MEP Riikka Manner (ALDE) will lead a discussion on how EU cohesion policy can realize the enormous potential, and overcome the obstacles faced by Europe's far north.
On the one hand the NSPA are regions with a harsh climate, low population density (0,6% of EU population on 13% of EU land area), and vast distances both within and to the big external markets. On the other hand the NSPA are abundant with resources destined for European markets, including critical raw materials, minerals, forests and energy - and at the same time hosting world leading innovation clusters and exciting new growth possibilities.
EU policy can make sure the NSPA provide added value to the benefit of the whole of Europe, in line with the objectives set out in the Europe 2020-strategy. There are encouraging examples of how the NSPA have managed to turn obstacles into possibilities thanks to European support. As the sparsely populated areas have been allotted extra allocation of funding in the forthcoming budget period it is important for EU policymakers to get a chance to learn the facts and figures related to the NSPA.
When: Tuesday 5th June at 08.30-09.30. Breakfast served from 08.00
Where: European Parliament Room A5G315
If you do not hold a badge to the European Parliament, please register at the latest by the 28th May by sending name, nationality, date of birth, type pf ID and ID number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NSPA network is looking forward to seeing you on the 5th of June!