Sustainable Growth the Nordic Way
WEB MAGAZINE - February 2018
Nordic ministers to co-operate more closely on energy at the European level
The energy ministers recently adopted a new programme for Nordic co-operation on energy policy 2018-2021, including a vision of a Nordic energy system based on close, trusting and flexible co-operation. According to the ministers, this will lay the foundation for the world’s most integrated, intelligent, green, low-emission economy and make it highly competitive.
The new co-operation programme is largely inspired by the strategic review of the future of energy co-operation commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers and written by former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila.
Like Ollila, the Nordic energy ministers recognise that the international market
for green energy is rapidly becoming more competitive, and that the Nordic countries need to carefully consider the areas in which it would be most beneficial to work together on the challenges faced.
Energy research is one of the areas that will be turned into a top Nordic priority in the years to come. The ministers will also hold an annual forum on issues relating to the electricity market and energy policy, to improve working relations in the Region by bringing together the main stakeholders and politicians to discuss topical issues and Nordic energy policy. The first forum will be held in autumn 2018.
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