EU’s enlargement and ongoing multiple crises have increased differentiation in European integration. This, in turn, has highlighted the potential embedded in the Nordic cooperation in EU affairs. Yet the EU’s differentiation is forcefully manifested also in the Nordic region. While Finland is the only Nordic member of the Euro area, Iceland and Norway remain outside the EU; yet they are closely attached to it through membership in the European Economic Area and Schengen Area. What are the key challenges and opportunities the EU and its development presents for the Nordic cooperation? How to strive for more Nordic synergy in the EU?
Opening words: Liisa TALONPOIKA, Director General at the Department for Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Erkki TUOMIOJA, Member of Parliament, the Parliament of Finland
Helle ENGSLUND KRARUP, Senior Adviser, Office of the Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers
Gunilla HEROLF, Member, Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences
Chair: Juha JOKELA, Programme Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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