View from an EU-minister: Nordic collaboration

”If there was no Nordic collaboration, we’d need to establish one ...”, the Swedish EU-minister, Cecilia Malmström, said in a speech held at The Norden Association in Gothenburg on 10. May 2007. However, she added that a new Nordic collaboration model would differ somewhat from the one we see today.
Malmström said that collaboration at a Nordic level has great potential; complementary to regional, national and European collaborations. Strategically, Nordic cooperation should be more focused, the EU-minister recommended, and concentrated on those areas where the benefits of joint Nordic perspectives are the highest.

Nordic collaboration within research and education is well established and fruitful. This excellent work must be further developed, Malmström said, and stressed this as an arena where ”... the small Nordic countries will benefit from joint resources and efforts”.

Initiatives at a regional level also add interesting dimensions to the national–Nordic–European-perspective. The prosperous collaboration between research and industry within medical R&D in the Øresund-region is only one example among several. Joint actions at a regional level can make a great impact, overlapping the more formal national, Nordic and European arenas for collaboration.

Read the EU-minister’s speech here (available in Swedish only).