Transport Policy in the North

The Northern Sparsely Populated Areas-network (NSPA) cordially invites you to the seminar “Transport Policy in the North” with keynote speakers from the governments of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, the European Commission and the Secretariat for the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL). Invitation and program is now available.

7 March 2013 - 14.30-16.30, registration starts 14.00
Venue: Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Square de Meeûs 30, Brussels
Organizer: NSPA-network

The seminar will focus on how transport policy contributes to the development in the North including the Barents region and the Arctic and how infrastructure projects can and should be financed. The speakers will give their view on the opportunities and the impacts of on-going and expected activities in the Arctic region and the Northern Route on trade and transport as well as the preparedness on regional, national and EU level for the future development in the region. Moderator will be Mr. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Economist at the European Policy Centre (EPC). The seminar will be followed by a reception.


For registration please send an e-mail to

We look forward to receive your registration and welcome you on March 7, 2013.


Moderator: Fabian Zuleeg, European Policy Centre (EPC)

14.00-14.30 Registration

14.30-14.40 Opening remarks: NSPA - strong, specific and promising Satu Vehreävesa, Director Regional development Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo, Finland

14.40-14.45 Opening remarks, moderator

14.45-15.00 European Transport Policy in the North
Alain Baron
, Head of Sector International Transport Relations, European Commission, DG MOVE

15.00-15.15 Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics
Oddgeir Danielsen
, Head of Secretariat NDPTL-secretariat

15.15-15.25 Russian perspective and project priorities of the Transport Policy in the North
Julia Zvorykina, Transport Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU

15.25-15.55 Transport policy in the North - Swedish, Norwegian & Finnish Perspectives
Marcus Nordmeyer, Transport Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU
Olav Grimsbo, Transport Counsellor, Mission of Norway to the EU
Hannu Laurikainen, Transport Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU

15.55-16.05 Reflections and forecasts, moderator

16.05-16.30 Panel discussion


16.30 Closing words, moderator


Invitation and Program (pdf)

For more information please contact:

Mona Mansour, Senior Advisor, North Sweden European Office, Mobile +32-475-77 39 63,

Andreas Østhagen, Advisor, North Norway European Office, Mobile: +32 (0) 485 414 367, E-mail:


25 Jan 2013