Enestam new director of Nordic Council

Finnish MP Jan-Erik Enestam will be the new director of the Nordic Council. This was decided earlier this week by the Nordic Council‘s Presidium. "Important issues will be culture, education, research and development," Enestam says.
"Nordic co-operation is going through an interesting period of development. I look forward to working with Nordic issues on a full time basis," Enestam said at a press meeting. "There are still far too many barriers between the Nordic countries."

President of the Nordic Council, christian democrat Dagfinn Høybråten from Norway, welcomes the director and describes him as a versatile person with a background in public management, as a minister and as a member of parliament. "In Enestam we have found an experienced leader who is thoroughly familiar with Nordic cooperation. As a key politician for many years, he understands how parliamentarians work and is well qualified for the post of Director of the Nordic Council," he says.

Enestam has been a member of parliament in Finland for the Swedish People‘s Party since 1991, and served as minister continuously from 1995 to 2006. He has been an environmental minister and minister of Nordic cooperation, among other posts.

As the director of the Nordic Council he will head the day-to day work of the secretariat. He replaces Norwegian Frida Nokken, Nordic Council director since 1999.

Photo: Johannes Jansson/norden.org