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The Northern Dimension

The countries of the region cooperate and work out solutions to energy issues and environmental risks linked with logistics and transport in the north.

The countries of the region cooperate and work out solutions to energy issues and environmental risks linked with logistics and transport in the north. Photo: MEK image

The Northern Dimension (ND) is an instrument of cooperation between four equal partners, the European Union, Russia, Norway and Iceland. Geographically, the ND covers North-West Russia, the Baltic Sea and the Arctic regions, including the Barents region.

The Northern Dimension policies seek to support stability, wellbeing and sustainable development in the region by means of practical cooperation. In addition to governments, universities, research institutes and the business community also participate in the ND policies. 

The Northern Dimension partnerships model

ND cooperation takes place within four partnerships:

  1. Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP)
  2. Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)
  3. Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) and
  4. Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC).

Other kinds of activities are pursued through the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) and the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC).

The ND policies' own bodies convene on a regular basis to discuss the development the joint policies. Partner countries' MPs also meet every other year at a Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum to discuss the development of the activities.

Funding of the Northern Dimension

EU-funding earmarked to projects carried out under ND partnerships creates stability and continuity in the ND cooperation. ND cooperation is based on the principle of co-financing. Funding is provided not only by the participating states but also via the EU's funding instruments and programmes and International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

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