Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Odd Eriksen, will open the North Calotte conference in Bodø on Friday 11 August, which puts the North Calotte at the top of the agenda.
Norway as President of the Nordic Council of Ministers and Finland through its current Presidency of the EU are both prioritising the High North. In addition, later this year Norway will also take over the Presidency of the Arctic Council from Russia, writes Samipress.
The North Calotte conference in Bodø will be opened on Friday 11 August by Heidi Grande Røys, the Norwegian Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Minister of Government Administration and Reform and Minister Hannes Manninen from Finland. The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Per Unckel, Director Anne Berg of the EU Office for North Norway in Brussels, County Governor Svein Ludvigsen of Troms and County Executive PO Eriksson of Norrbotten will all attend.
The North Calotte conference will cover four important and topical issues:
‘The Northern Dimension’, ‘Communication and Transport’, ‘New technology and new times for the North Calotte’ and ‘Knowledge related business development in the North Calotte’ which deals with research, arenas and meeting places in the High North.
The North Calotte conference has been an important meeting place for politicians, regional authorities, opinion-makers and the population of the High North since 1960. The conference in Bodø will gather more than 150 participants. It is being organised by the Nordic Association in Norway and the Nordic Information Office in North Norway in co-operation with the Nordic Associations in Sweden and Finland.