Nordregio contributes to the Nordic co-operation Programme for Regional Development and Planning 2021-2024 by acting as the secretariat for three thematic groups under the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Committee of Senior Officials for Regional Policy (EK-R).

The main purpose of the thematic groups is to contribute to the exchange of knowledge and experience between regional policy stakeholders in the Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland. The programme period is four years (2021-2024) and the thematic groups are expected to develop projects throughout the full period. The three thematic groups build upon the work of the Nordic Thematic Groups running under the previous co-operation programme from 2017-2020. The new thematic groups include representatives of the regions in the Nordic countries along with representatives from the national administrative level.

The new groups have the following themes:

Cross-thematic activities

Thematic Group Reflections – January 2023

The three Thematic Groups are halfway through the Regional Cooperation Programme. Throughout the first two years a variety of activities have been performed, i.e. discussions and decisions in the thematic groups, quantitative and qualitative research in projects, and discussions, dissemination, and exchange of knowledge in seminars and workshops. The results can be found in reports, policy briefs, power point presentations, maps, and stories on The Thematic Groups websites.  

This report through contains a short overall introduction to the regional cooperation programme and the thematic groups followed by a summary of the results for 2021-2022. Furthermore, an overview of ongoing activities with a short summary of key learnings, followed by the new planned projects is provided. The described activities within each Thematic Group are followed by the two larger cross-Thematic Groups projects.  

Previous Nordic thematic groups

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