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Arctic Smartness Cluster learns about Arctic Cluster project

9 Nov 2018
'2nd Arctic Project Clustering Event' has provided a forum to share experiences, find synergies, build new partnerships and possibilities for cooperation.
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Attendees at the 2nd Arctic Project Clustering Event in Rovaniemi.
The Arctic Cooperation cross-programme collaboration organised the '2nd Arctic Project Clustering Event' on the 6th and 7th of November in Rovaniemi (Finland), where Arctic Cluster project was presented to over 100 participants coming from all countries from the Arctic.

The conference took place at Lappia-talo, Rovaniemi's theatre. Päivi Ekdahl, from the Regional Council of Lapland, welcomed all the attendees. The event brought an excellent opportunity to make new contacts with some key Lapland's Smart Specialisation stakeholders and meet participants of Arctic Smartness Custer

Kirsti Mijnhijmer, Head of Secretariat at Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme made an introduction to the Arctic Progammes' cooperation and to the programmes representatives. She gave further information on joint EU Arctic Communication, including, European Arctic suffering from underinvestment, enhancing collaboration and coordination between different EU funding programmes and Arctic Stakeholder Forum. Mijnhijmer also highlighted the milestones of the roadmap for cooperation: joint communication activities and project development within specific Arctic themes, clustering of funded projects, Arctic Award project competition and positioning for post-2020, among others.

The Arctic Cooperation cross-programme brings together a wide territory. In that way, Igor Kapyrin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, exposed his vision about how Russian Federation could be a possible project partner in Kolarctic and Karelia CBC funding programmes. 

Trying to look ahead, the conference also explored the post-2020 regulatory framework proposed by the European Commission. "By 2021, programmes should be ready with a solid system of Simplified Cost Options: flat rates, lump sums and standard unit costs", mentioned Bernhard Schausberger from Interact Programme, when talking about post-2020.


Presenting Arctic Cluster
Lead partners Mikko Rintala from Lapland University of Applied Sciences and EEBAK project and Ianire Renobales from ERNACT and SECURE project, presented the clustering project to the audience. Rintala and Renobales spoke about the aim and objectives of the project, the partnership, workplan and transnational cooperation activities and highlighted some of the benefits of this kind of Arctic Cooperation. "We honestly think that we are building a wider network of potential collaboration partners and stakeholder groups. Thanks to this opportunity, we are getting not only a bigger impact of project results, but also a better transnational cooperation to face similar territorial challenges", explained Ianire Renobales.

  • Learn more about the Arctic Cooperation cross-programme in which Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, Interreg Nord, Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Kolarctic CBC and Karelia CBC are participating. 
  • Stay tuned! More information on next Arctic Clustering Call will be available on the 1st of December!

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Rovaniemi Theatre.