We wish to welcome you to the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) Forum of 2023 in Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland. This year, the Forum will focus on giving an update on EU cohesion policy, the ongoing OECD study and the effects of security policy and infrastructure plans in the NSPA area. In addition, we will host a workshop on the future of NSPA.
Date: 14th of December 2023
Conference location: Sokos Hotel Kimmel, Itäranta 1. Conference room Marjala 2-3
Stay location: Sokos Hotel Kimmel
Conference fee: 100€ per person (an invoice will be sent as part of the confirmation email).
Registration: Please register here.
As the conference space has maximum capacity, a confirmation email will follow after registration.
Pre-conference reception: Sokos Hotel Kimmel, 13th December starting at 20.00.
Preliminary programme for the 14th of December:
9.00-9.20 Opening words (Markus Hirvonen, Mayor of North Karelia and Päivi Ekdahl, Chair of NSPA Steering Committee)
9.20-10.30 OECD Study and Cohesion Policy Updates: Stefano Barbieri, OECD, Kari Aalto, East and North Finland EU Office and Mikael Janson, North Sweden European Office
10.30-12.00 Panel discussion: Effects of geopolitical situation, security policy and infrastructure plans in the NSPA area
Moderator Kari Aalto, East and North Finland EU Office
Lotta Rönström, North Sweden European Office and Janni Ekrem, North Norway European Office will set the scene on what is going on in NSPA regions when it comes to transport & logistics, financing and regional development in the new geopolitical realities and NATO expansion.
Panelists Mika Riipi, County Governor of Lapland, Jonas Andersson, Chairman of the Regional Development Board of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and Svein Magnar Øien Eggesvik, Chair of the County Council, Nordland County: will give Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian regional perspectives on the topics.
13.00-15.00 Future of NSPA Workshop
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.00 Wrap-up of the Forum
16.00 Closing and welcome from the next Forum host
Room prices (breakfast included):
Bigger Superior – rooms +20€
The easiest way for international guest to travel to Joensuu is by plane to Joensuu Airport. Transportation to the city center is possible by public bus or taxi.
The plane via Helsinki arrives to Joensuu at 17.45 in the evening of 13th of December. On the 14th of December after the conference, the plane departures at 18.05 in the evening. Flight details: https://www.finnair.com/fi-en
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Kari Aalto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veera Ylipieti, email@example.com