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NDPC publishes a Study by Northern Dimension Institute on cultural and creative industries development in the Northern Dimension Area.
Cultural and creative and industries (CCI) have lately been recognized as a key driver of economic development and their role has been rapidly growing in the world economy. Furthermore, the products, services and skills generated by the creative industries are a source of sustainable competitiveness and innovation also in other sectors of the economy, as acknowledged in various national and international strategies and policy programs. CCIs are also important generators of employment.
In order to facilitate the efforts of the NDPC to contribute to improving the operating conditions for CCIs and strengthen the cooperation in the sector throughout the Northern Dimension (ND) area, an analytical study of the prevailing situation was carried out by the Northern Dimension Institute/Aalto University School of Business. The analysis was based on extensive review of existing policy documents, strategy papers and action plans at mainly national and transnational levels. Also existing research reports addressing CCIs from regional, national and international perspectives were utilized in the analysis. In addition, 21 interviews were conducted among CCI experts throughout the ND area.
The report gives a brief summarizing overview of the status of CCIs in the ND area and the general trends and characteristics of CCIs affecting policy development are discussed. Also some examples of ND countries’ responses to certain challenges in CCI policy development are presented. An important part of the study consists of the CCI policy development analysis in each ND country, also some examples of innovative CCI policies and support mechanisms are presented. The report concludes with a discussion about NDPC’s role and potential focus areas of its future activities.

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6th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR hosted in Jurmala

The European Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region hosted its 6th Forum in Latvia's beach town of Jurmala on 15-16 June, marking the country's final months of the EU Presidency. With the title “Achieving E-Quality by connecting the Region”, the forum was dedicated to discussing the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation, emphasising the EU’s plans on a digital single market, hearing expert-opinions from Microsoft and looking at “e-Estonia” as a great example on how to embrace new technology and leave bureaucracy behind.

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4th Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum

On 10 - 11 May 2015, the 4th Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum was held in Reykjavík, Iceland. During the Forum the following main themes were discussed: 1) Development of the Policy of the Northern Dimension; 2) Green energy – opportunities and challenges; 3) Gender equality and social wellbeing; 4) Sustainable utilization of marine resources in the Arctic. Developments of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture were presented by Urszula Ślązak, the Chairperson of the NDPC. At the end of the conference the members adopted the Conference Statement.
European Union funding for the Baltic Sea Region

The INTERREG Programme for the Baltic Sea Region
Transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region continues in the funding period 2014-2020. After more than two years of intense work, the Joint Programming Committee, comprising national delegations from eight EU Member States (Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden) as well as the neighbouring countries Norway, Belarus, and Russia, approved the Cooperation Programme. After the approval by the Joint Programming Committee, the Cooperation Programme was submitted to participating EU countries and Norwegian governments for final national endorsement. The Programme was submitted to the European Commission for approval and approved on 18 December 2014.;

The INTERREG programme for Northern Periphery and Arctic
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014–2020 comprises a cooperation between 9 Programme partner countries; the Member States of Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. This means that the Programme area encompasses the Euro-Arctic zone, parts of the Atlantic zone and parts of the Barents region, neighbouring Canada in the West and Russia in the East.

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