The Nordic Council wishes to work more closely with parliaments in Europe and around the world and initiated formal collaboration with the European Parliament last year. The Council’s international strategy prioritises democracy, peace and human rights, and the members considers European co-operation to protect these values more important than ever in the light of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
“The relationship with the European Parliament is really important to the Nordic Council. In the troubled world we live in, it is important democratic institutions work together. The green transition also calls for ever closer partnerships on innovation and new technology. In addition, defence and security policy is an area that is becoming more and more important for the Nordic Region, especially with Finland joining NATO and Sweden hopefully not far behind,” says the President of the Nordic Council, Jorodd Asphjell.
The Vice-President of the Council, Helge Orten, will also be part of the Presidium delegation. As well as the European Parliament, it will visit the European Court of Justice and the Council of Europe during its time in Strasbourg.
The Nordic Council and European Parliament take turns hosting the annual interparliamentary meeting, the first of which was held in Helsinki in February 2022 and discussed future interparliamentary relations, cyber security, the Arctic, the green transition and climate change. The Nordic Council will arrange the meeting in 2024.
In its new international strategy adopted at the Theme Session in Reykjavik in March this year, the Nordic Council focuses even more closely on its international relations.
The relationship with the European Parliament is really important to the Nordic Council. In the troubled world we live in, it is important democratic institutions work together.