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Conference attendees gave their input to new Nordic cooperation programme

The participants worked hard during the two days.
  • Publisert 19.03.2013
More than 200 people gathered in Stockholm to give their input to the new Nordic Cooperation Programme for Innovation and Business Policy.


About 240 people from across the Nordic region participated in the conference What will the Nordic business environment look like in the future? in Stockholm on 5-6 March.


By sharing their opinion in the various workshops, they also gave their input to the new Nordic Cooperation Programme for Innovation and Business Policy from 2014 and onwards.

Ministers Lööf and Giske in a panel debate.
Ministers Lööf and Giske in a panel debate at the conference.


We have gone through the outcome from the conference, and made illustrations showing an overview of the results, which will be taken into consideration when drafting this new Cooperation Programme.




JOINT WORKSHOP 1: Future Challenges for the Nordic Industrial Policy in

a Global Perspective: Emerging Markets and Global Value Chains


Input to question: What are the Nordic strengths in relation to emerging markets and the BRIC countries?

Input to question: In which areas would enhanced Nordic cooperation bring most added value to the Nordic business environment, seen from a global perspective?


JOINT WORKSHOP 2: Challenge Driven Innovation


Input to question: Within which areas do the Nordic countries have the potential to become global leaders when it comes to challenge driven innovation? 
Input to question: In order to achieve this, who are the key stakeholders to be involved? 


JOINT WORKSHOP 3: Green Growth, Innovation and the Role of Public Procurement


Input to question: How could we collaborate on a Nordic level to promote green growth and innovation through public procurement?

Input to question: In which other areas (besides promoting green growth) could public procurers most benefit from Nordic collaboration?


WORKSHOP STREAM: Smart Regulation and Simplification for Businesses


Input to question: In which areas would the business community benefit most from enhanced Nordic cooperation on smart regulation?
Input to question: What are the biggest regulatory problems for businesses and what could be done at Nordic level to ease these burdens?   
Input to question: What are the pros and cons of carrying out a Nordic pilot measurement of the total regulatory burdens for businesses in or two areas? Which areas would it be most interesting to focus on?


WORKSHOP STREAM: Growth Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance


Input to question: How can we best help Nordic companies be more growth-motivated, prepared and investment ready?
Input to question: Which specific cross-Nordic initiatives could be most beneficial to stimulate growth entrepreneurship?
Input to question: In what ways could building a Nordic ecosystem for public and private risk capital at all stages facilitate SMEs access to finance?
Input to question:Which are the major obstacles hampering early stage cross-border investments between the Nordic countries?


WORKSHOP STREAM: Cultural and Creative Industries


Input to question: Greater networking within the cultural and creative industries can support innovation and commercialization: How can we best help facilitate Nordic creative business linkages, exchange and intermediation?
Input to question: How can we strengthen export and internationalisation of Nordic cultural and creative industries?




The current Nordic Cooperation Programme for Innovation and Business Policy runs out in 2013. The Nordic Ministers of Industry have therefore asked the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Business Policies to develop a new programme for 2014 and onwards. This will be approved by the Ministers in October and considered at the Nordic Council's Session in Oslo in late October/early November 2013. It will focus on Nordic synergies within the areas of innovation and business policy, meaning priorities and actions where Nordic cooperation can create a clear added value.

The Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications is responsible for the drafting of the Programme. Nordic Innovation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Vinnova and The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) are contributing to the process.