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Experiences from Cooperation in the European Arctic Skriv ut E-post
søndag 17. april 2011 10:56

“The European Union will have clear benefits of participating and engaging in the development of the Barents region.” This was stated by Mrs. Pia Svendsgaard, Chair of the Barents Regional Council, in a seminar in the European Parliament this week arranged by the North Norway European Office together with the EU-Arctic Forum and the Barents Regional Council.

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Continued investment in the high north crucial for Europe Skriv ut E-post
fredag 04. februar 2011 11:24

On the 2nd of February political representatives from the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas in Finland, Sweden and Norway met with the European Commission to highlight the importance of continued investment in the regions.

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Norwegian explorer highlights ice-free Arctic Skriv ut E-post
mandag 27. september 2010 16:59

For the first time in history a sailing vessel has completed both the Northwest and the Northeast Arctic passages in one season, using less than 3 months. The Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland stated that the purpose of the voyage was to highlight how climate changes have reduced the amount of ice in the Arctic.  




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Multi Level Governance in the Arctic Skriv ut E-post
torsdag 24. juni 2010 17:19
On Thursday June 24th North Norway European Office arranged its fourth workshop on Arctic issues: Multi Level Governance in the Arctic.
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torsdag 08. mars 2007 12:10


Response from North Norway to the EU on Maritime Green Paper

 The County Governments of Nordland and Troms have transmitted their views from North Norway on the Green Paper on an EU Maritime Policy.  The County Governments of Nordland and Troms have already submitted their views on the EU Maritime Policy to the national level in Norway. We fully agree with and support the national document from Norway, which was sent to the Commission before Easter. This additional response is to emphasise that there are some very important aspects of an EU Maritime Policy concerning issues along the coast of northern Norway that need special attention.

  • The illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is our greatest concern. The IUU fishing affects all European coastal regions depending their livelihood on fishing. The forthcoming action plan should find measures to combat IUU fishing.
  • We support the principle of subsidiarity. Regarding planning matters relevant to maritime policies, it is important to ensure that local and regional authorities are strengthened within the framework of a new maritime policy.
  • There should be a separate window for marine related research. We would like to draw special attention to the MAREANO research programme.
  • The safety of the transport corridors along our coastline is of vital importance due to the expected increase in both oil transport and container and general cargo.
  The active participation by the county governments during the consultation phase of the Green Paper is strongly supported by the county Parliaments in Troms and Nordland. Nordland has participated in the CPMR-project, “Europe of the Sea”, and both counties have put their views forward in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Commissions.



North Norwegian participation at the conference "European regional young ambassadors"

The European Youth Ambassador and County Council deputy chairman Ane-Marthe Aasen from Troms participated at the conference "European regional young ambassadors" in Brussels the 26th February this year. The main attraction was the meeting with the EU Commissioner Margot Wallström. The main message at the conference was that motivated young people should be heard in a European context. In addition to the conference Ane-Marthe Aasen met with us at the NorthNorway European Office and informed about the conference as well as other activities at home, while the office informed about our agenda for the spring.

"The European Youth Ambassador Scheme" is supported by the AER and its main task is to improve young peoples EU knowledge in their respective regions. A "European Youth Ambassador" achieves its title once a year while participating at a Youth Summer School organized by AER. Aasen was one out of two participants from Troms County Council at the AER Youth Summer School 2006. The next Youth Summer School will take place in Devon from 26. August to 1. September 2007.

You can find more information about AER Youth Summer School here
Read more about AER here


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mandag 22. september 2014 07:10

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