More than 100 participants have gathered last week at Lappia-talo in Rovaniemi to discuss synergies and closer cooperation between the Arctic Programmes. Five CBC Programmes (Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg Nord, Karelia, Kolarctic, Northern Periphery and Arctic) have established an “Arctic Cooperation” network some years ago and held one clustering event in Sweden 2017.
Parallel networking sessions on topics of joint interests were also included into the agenda. Stakeholders from different regions, countries and organizations exchanged their experiences and ideas towards international projects in such spheres as innovations, environment, cultural heritage, business and SME development. Päivi Ekdahl, Development Director of Regional Council of Lapland and moderator of this event underlined in her concluding remarks that closer collaboration between Arctic Programmes helps to overcome critical mass by solving sensitive issues faced by Northern regions.
Igor Kapyrin from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation participated in the event, and handled the role of the Russian Federation as a partner in Kolarctic and Karelia CBC Programmes.
You can see some presentation materials below:
Christopher Parker from Northern Periphery and the Arctic presented the Arctic Cluster call, which means financing for project collaboration between projects of differents programmes: Arctic Cluster Call 2018
The projects EEBAK (financed by Interreg Nord), GrAB (financed by Kolarctic CBC) and SECURE (financed by NPA) have already joined in a collaboration. See their slides here: SECURE, EEBAK and GrAB-projects
The five participating programmes presented themselves in short: Arctic Cluster Cooperation across programmes
Bernhard Schausberger from Interact presented a brief outlook on the post-2020 regulatory framework proposed by the European Commission: Arctic Cluster Post 2020