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Donald Trump to be debated at Nordic Council theme session

Donald Trump and developments in the US will be debated when the Nordic Council convenes for meetings and a theme session in the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm on 3 and 4 April. “Events in the US have an impact on the Nordic Region so it’s important that we discuss how we should respond to what’s happening at the moment,” says President of the Nordic Council Britt Lundberg.

16.03.2017

The Nordic Council will be discussing a particularly relevant topic at the theme session. The picture shows Gunvor Eldegard (Norway), President of the Nordic Council Britt Lundberg (Åland), and Staffan Danielsson (Sweden).

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Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org

The Nordic Region and the US – new conditions is the title of the theme debate taking place on the second day of meetings, Tuesday 4 April. By then Donald Trump will have been President of the United State for nearly three months and the world will have a clearer picture of how his time in office is likely to pan out.

Nordic Council members will have the opportunity to debate developments in the US for the first time since Trump took office. President of the Nordic Council Britt Lundberg is looking forward to an exciting debate about a topic that concerns the whole world.

International co-operation is under pressure and this means that we too in the Nordic Council have to look at how we work. We have the chance to play a more active role and demonstrate how important co-operation in the Nordic Region is.

“Trump’s first weeks as US President have been marked by uncertainty regarding what he wants to achieve with his policies and there have been some mixed messages. What is clear is that we face a challenging time with greater uncertainty than before. International co-operation is under pressure and this means that we too in the Nordic Council have to look at how we work. We have the chance to play a more active role and demonstrate how important co-operation in the Nordic Region is,” Lundberg says.

  • A background analysis of the US/Trump and the Nordic Region written by senior researcher Flemming Splidsboel Hansen can be found here.

Open to the media

90 minutes has provisionally been allocated for the theme debate which will take place in the Förstakammarsalen of the Swedish parliament building, the Riksdag, between 10:00 and 11:30. The debate and the session in the Förstakammarsalen on 4 April are open to the media.

  • Journalists and photographers can obtain accreditation here.

The topic “the Nordic Region and the US” will be discussed not only during the theme debate – the Nordic Council’s four committees and the Presidium will look at the topic from various angles during their meetings the day before the theme debate.

  • Practical information for the media can be found here.

Several new member’s proposals for consideration

The session will continue after the theme debate by considering new member’s proposals – policy proposals put forward by the Nordic Council’s politicians. Proposals that will be discussed include a review of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, an immigration policy group in the Nordic Council, a the prohibition of micro-plastics in cosmetics.

The theme session concludes on 4 April at 15:00.

  • The theme session programme and agenda can be found here.
  • The session app with information about the session can be found here.

Contacts

Matts Lindqvist
Phone (+45) 29 69 29 05
Email matlin@norden.org