Nordic climate and environment ministers meet with UNEP Executive Director

Global climate and environmental negotiations were the main item on the agenda for the spring meeting of the Nordic climate and environment ministers in Stockholm. The ministers also met with the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Inger Andersen. “Nordic countries are important partners in our efforts to address the triple planetary crisis,” she says.

On land, at sea, and in the air – in a sustainable region

The green transition in the transport sector is central in the fight against climate change and in becoming independent from fossil fuels from unstable regions. The solution lies in the interaction between multiple sectors such as the energy sector, and across the Nordic borders. That was the main argument at the Nordic Green Transport Forum, which has just taken place in Gothenburg, Sweden.

New Öresund Agreement welcomed by Freedom of Movement Council

Sweden and Denmark have negotiated a new Öresund Agreement, which will make day-to-day life easier for both cross-border commuters and their employers. Anders Ahnlid, chair of the Freedom of Movement Council, welcomes the news and hopes that it will pave the way for simplified tax regulations throughout the Nordic Region.

Nordic and Baltic Ministers: Protect culture and cultural heritage in the event of a crisis

There is an urgent need to step up preparedness and contingency planning for the protection of cultural heritage and for maintaining cultural activities during crisis heightened state of alert or war. That is the message from the Nordic and Baltic ministers for culture. In a joint declaration, they commit to closer collaboration to address the increasing challenges facing the cultural sector.

Difficult questions on the Freedom of Movement Council’s agenda in 2023

In 2023, the Freedom of Movement Council has actively worked on 35 obstacles to freedom of movement, which are obstacles that impede free movement in the Nordic Region. The annual report for 2023 shows that six obstacles have been resolved. The goal is to resolve five to eight obstacles per year.