At its recent Session in Oslo, the Council approved a recommendation calling on the national governments to analyse how more could be made of the potential inherent in so many people in the USA and Canada feeling that they have links with the Nordic Region.
The Nordic Council has identified opportunities for closer collaboration on business, tourism, culture, research, education and training.
The Nordic countries and the Nordic model are held in high esteem, a fact that can and should be used to exert greater influence and show leadership in the international community.
The Council is also calling on the national governments and the Nordic Council of Ministers to look into the opportunities for closer and more specific collaboration between the Nordic embassies in the USA and Canada. The recommendation also highlights the potential for Nordic/North American co-operation between associations, institutions and programmes.
The Nordic countries and the Nordic model are held in high esteem, a fact that can and should be used to exert greater influence and show leadership in the international community, the recommendation points out.
Close co-operation could be even closer
The Nordic Council is aware that the Nordic Region and North America already work well together and praises the good work done by the Council of Ministers and the national governments but says that there is good reason to look into the prospects for doing even more and even better.
The Social Democratic Group put forward the original proposal to work more closely with North America, and the Presidium added other areas in which to co-operate. The final recommendation was passed unanimously by all 74 members of the Nordic Council who were present.