Northern Dimension Policy 2007

The Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Jonas Gahr Støre attended the Minister Conference on Northern Dimension on 21 November.

15/02/2006 :: Together with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the European Union, the Russian Federation and Iceland, the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister met in Brussels in the format of the Northern Dimension Ministerial Meeting. Also attending were the European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Regional Organizations in the North and representatives of the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions.

The Meeting, chaired by the UK EU Presidency, agreed on the means to shape the future of the Northern Dimension policy after 2006. This will replace the current Northern Dimension 2nd Action Plan which expires on 31 December 2006. Opposed to the previous three-year action plan, the new concept will provide a stable and permanent basis for this policy. The Meeting agreed on “Guidelines for the development of a political declaration and a policy framework document on the Northern Dimension”.

The future Northern Dimension policy will be the regional expression in the North of Europe of the four Common Spaces and their road maps, agreed at the May EU/Russia Summit. It will focus increasingly on North West Russia and its particular challenges. The Foreign Ministers also recognized that cross-border activities constitute the major added value to the Northern Dimension, continuing to ensure that no dividing lines should be re-established in the North of Europe.

The Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Gahr Støre highlighted that the Northern Areas are of great importance to Norway, and that the Norwegian Government priorities the cooperation under the Northern Dimension Policy. He also pointed out the challenges ahead regarding problems relating to environment and administration of resources.  

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