On 1 November, the Minister for Nordic Co-operation adopted the budget for 2023. The basis for the budget is achieving the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision of making the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. The vision contains three strategic priorities with the aim of making the Nordic Region a leader when it comes to the green transition, social sustainability, and competitiveness. True to tradition, there has been dialogue between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council regarding the budget. A compromise was reached in the summer of 2022, which includes a number of concrete measures and priorities in the 2023 budget, especially with regard to the fields of culture and education. On the basis of this, on 2 November the Nordic Council adopted its consideration of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ budget for 2023.
A process that involves everyone
The focus of the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation is that the Nordic Council of Ministers’ budget is used to realise Our Vision 2030 going forwards, both in connection with the current action plan which is valid through to 2024, and in connection with the upcoming action plan. In a changing world, with pandemics, war, and an energy crisis, the path towards realising Our Vision 2030 continues to require cross-sectoral efforts. Equally important is ensuring strong ownership among Nordic politicians and co-operation with the Nordic institutions and offices, civil society, and the business sector. Co-operation between the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers in relation to the budget is part of this process.