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The Northern Dimension
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 ND policies' 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.
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).
Kainuu is a member at the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics, which was founded in October 2009. It is envisaged that the NDPTL will accelerate the implementation of major infrastructure projects providing with assistance in project preparation stage thus stimulating investments within the Northern Dimension region. The partnership also serves as a regional forum for transport and logistics issues, and complements the work of cooperation structures already in existence.
The overall goal of the Partnership is to improve, in compliance with the ecological needs of the region, major transport connections and logistics in the Northern Dimension region in order to stimulate sustainable economic growth at the local, regional and global level by focusing on a limited number of priorities that reflect both regional and national priorities in balanced way.