Arctic Cooperation

In recent years, the Arctic region has received a growing attention from policy makers and investors. Because of the wide range of local, regional and international actors and the speed of the developments, a need for a more coordinated regional development has become clear.

The European Territorial Cooperation programmes operating within the Arctic have decided to work more closely together.

The programmes are working on:

  • more informed/coordinated project selection and thereby a better allocation and better use of the programme funding
  • clearer and more integrated information for potential applicants about funding opportunities, and a wider network of potential collaboration partners
  • more concrete and relevant project outputs meeting the needs of Arctic stakeholders, and better involvement of these stakeholders.
  • better promotion of results; more targeted, on a more aggregated level, and to a wider audience
  • more efficient programme management, by pooling resources and achieving a wider impact
  • a more strategic approach to impact policy development, positioning the programmes for the post-2020 period, and potentially having a common priority based on Arctic values.

Concretely, what you can expect are coordinated websites, joint project development events, dedicated annual seminars in conjunction with programme events, a joint presence at large Arctic or European conferences, an award for Arctic projects, and eventually, joint publications focused on results and the post-2020 period.

This cross-programme collaboration is encouraged and mandated by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in their Joint Communication A new integrated EU policy for the Arctic, published in April 2016. Ultimately, the collaboration should provide input for establishing research and investment priorities in the European Arctic.

The cross-programme collaboration is coordinated by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. Participating programmes are Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg Nord, Kolarctic CBC, and Karelia CBC. The collaboration will consider including other programmes. To ensure a high complementarity with other policy initiatives and stakeholder organisations operating in the Arctic, these organisations will be consulted or involved where appropriate.

 

 


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