Minister Alexander Stubb will attend the Meeting of the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation, organised by the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2012 in Svalbard on 5-6 September.
The agenda includes a budget proposal for 2013 and a draft for the new Nordic sustainable development strategy, due to take effect in the beginning of 2013.
Main themes of the new strategy include the Nordic model of the welfare state, healthy ecosystems, changing climate, sustainable use of resources and research, education and innovations. Green economy and equality are cross cutting principles in the document.
The Ministers will also adopt a report on border impediments of 2012 and discuss elimination of border impediments on the basis of national debates in the Nordic Parliaments over the spring. In Finland, the Government issued a report on border impediments to the Parliament, which was discussed on 25 April 2012: http://www.eduskunta.fi/faktatmp/utatmp/akxtmp/ptk_42_2012_p.shtml#kohta_linkki2
The discussion will continue in Parliament on the basis of the Foreign Affairs Committee report on 12 September 2012.
Further information: Head of Secretariat for Nordic Co-operation Bo Lindroos, tel. +358 9 1605 5600, +358 40 158 5451, email@example.com
Requests for interview: Press Attaché to Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Alexander Stubb Antti Timonen, tel. +358 40 590 7231, firstname.lastname@example.org