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The Northern Dimension is a joint policy between EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland. The ND Policy was initiated in 1999. The renewed ND policy was launched at the Helsinki Summit in November 2006, which adopted a ND Political Declaration and ND Policy Framework Document. The policy aims at providing a framework to:
- promote dialogue and concrete cooperation;
- strengthen stability, well-being and intensified economic cooperation;
- promote economic integration, competitiveness and sustainable development in Northern Europe.
In addition to the four ND Partners namely EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland, also participating are:
- EU Members States in their national capacity
- Regional Councils, the Arctic Council (AC), the Barents Euro-arctic Council (BEAC), the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM);
- International Financial Institutions (IFIs), e.g. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) as well as other financial institutions;
- universities, research centres and the business community;
- Canada, the United States and Belarus as observers.
The policy covers a broad geographic area, from the European Arctic and Sub-Arctic to the southern shores of the Baltic Sea, countries in the vicinity and from north-west Russia in the east, to Iceland and Greenland in the west.
Practical cooperation takes place within the Northern Dimension Partnerships
To facilitate ND sectorial cooperation and project implementation, four sectorial Partnerships have been established to deal with the following thematic issues:
- environment (NDEP);
- public health and social well-being (NDPHS);
- transport and logistics (NDPTL);
- culture (NDPC).
Poland considers the Northern Dimension as an important tool for regional cooperation and participates in the work of the three partnerships: NDPTL, NDPHS and NDPC.See more