The NSPA network cordially invites you to the next NSPA Forum, 21-22 May, 2013 in Oulu, North Finland. The Oulu Forum will focus on the role of the NSPA in the implementation of the different EU initiatives during the 2014-2020 programming period. Invitation and registration is now available.
The Forum will start on the evening of 21st May with a networking reception and continue on the 22nd May with a half-day seminar concentrating on the role of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas in the implementation of the different EU initiatives during the 2014-2020 programming period.
The aim is to bring together people from the NSPA regions as well as European institutions to discuss how initiatives such as European territorial cooperation and smart specialisation can be used as tools to capitalise the potential of the NSPA and overcome some of the circumstantial challenges the regions have. The NSPA Forum is a place to share ideas and best practices and also to define common objectives and goals for the future.
Tuesday, 21st of May 2013
Venue: Oulu City Hall, Kirkkokatu 2a
18:00-19:30 Official NSPA Reception hosted by the City of Oulu
Wednesday, 22nd of May 2013
Venue: Restaurant Vanha Paloasema, 3rd floor, meeting room "Vanhan Paloaseman Ullakko", Kauppurienkatu 24
08:30 Opening Session
Ms. Tytti Tuppurainen, MP, Vice Chairwoman, Board of the Oulu Regional Council
Introduction to the NSPA future priorities
Mr. Kari Aalto, Director, East and North Finland EU Office
08:50 The European Commission expectations for 2014-2020
How is NSPA connected to the EU macro-regional strategies? How can the European Territorial Cooperation be used as an efficient tool for NSPA cooperation?
Mr. Axel Rød, Programme Manager, Competence Centre Macro-regions and European Territorial Co-operation, DG REGIO
09:30 NSPA views on smart specialisation and smart cooperation
Ms. Janika Luukinen, Special Advisor, East and North Finland EU Office
Smart specialisation in Oulu Region
Mr. Mikko Väisänen, Manager for R&D, Council of Oulu Region
Nordland's approach to smart specialisation
Benedicte Solaas, Advisor, Nordland County
Smart sparsely populated regions
Lars Wikman, Senior Adviser in European Affairs, North Sweden European Office
11:00 NSPA way forward
Political group views on the future
Ms. Satu Vehreävesa, Director of Regional development, Regional Council of North-Savo
11:20 Conclusions and invitation to the next NSPA Forum in North Sweden