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New vision for Nordic co-operation proposed

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have outlined their vision for the next decade. The most important objectives are to make the Nordic Region a global leader on the climate and sustainability and an even more integrated region than it is at present. The draft vision will now be submitted to the Prime Ministers, who have the final say on the Nordic Council of Ministers’ priorities.

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have outlined their vision for the next decade during a meeting in Hella, Iceland on June 19, 2019. The most important objectives are to make the Nordic Region a global leader on the climate and sustainability and an even more integrated region than it is at present (photo courtesy Matts Lindqvist).

After in-depth preparatory work, the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation agreed on the new vision for Nordic co-operation at their meeting in Hella in Iceland on June 19, 2019. It will now be submitted to the Prime Ministers, who will make the final decision at their meeting in August.

A sustainable and integrated Nordic Region

The goal is to make the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world within a decade.

Our vision is based on Nordic characteristics and strengths, as well as on what we know that the people of the Region expect from our co-operation. I am delighted with the outcome. Right from the outset, we agreed that we wanted a clear and ambitious vision. We have that now, said Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson (Iceland), who chaired the meeting.

The Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Paula Lehtomäki, describes the vision as the overarching document for Nordic co-operation.

The vision and the strategic priorities underpinning it will impact on everything we do in the next few years, including on our budget, of course, she said.

The Secretary-General also noted that the clarity of the priorities will facilitate the work.

It is good to know exactly where the countries want us to focus our energies, she said.

Strategic priorities for the next four years

Once the prime ministers have finalised the document, all eleven ministerial councils will be asked to outline objectives and activities designed to achieve the ambitions formulated in the vision and strategic priorities. The priorities set now will guide work on Nordic co-operation for the next four years. Denmark, which has just had a general election, insisted on inserting a proviso to the decision because its new government has not yet been formed.

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