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Nordic and North Atlantic cooperation is an area of high priority for the Faroe Islands. It is of crucial importance for the Faroe Islands to have an active role in on-going processes to enhance cooperation across the Nordic region, with a particular emphasis on the West Nordic area and stronger partnerships with countries around the North Atlantic.
Nordic Council of Ministers
The Faroe Islands have an active role in the Nordic Council of Ministers as a self-governing territory with independent representation.
The Minister for Social Affairs, Annika Olsen is also Minister for Nordic Cooperation
The Foreign Service of the Prime Minister’s Office coordinates Faroese participation in the Nordic Council of Ministers through the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials and also represents the Faroe Islands in the Nordic Expert Group on Sustainable Development, the Nordic Committee on Regional Policy and the Nordic Committee on Arctic Cooperation.
For further details, see www.norden.org
NORA – Nordic Atlantic Cooperation
NORA is an intergovernmental collaborative agency and project-based facilitator, operating under the Nordic Council of Ministers regional political collaboration program. NORA works to stimulate and facilitate transnational collaboration, based on Nordic goals and values. Financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, NORA’s work is supplemented by grants from within its collaborating countries/regions, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and the west coast of Norway.
The NORA Secretariat is hosted by the Government of the Faroes and is situated in Tórshavn.
For further details, see www.nora.fo
Northern Periphery Programme (NPP)
The Faroe Islands are a partner country in the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013, which is part of the European Commission’s Territorial Cooperation Objective. The programme aims to help peripheral and remote communities on the northern margins of Europe to develop their economic, social and environmental potential. In addition to the Faroe Islands, the EU Member States of Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and Sweden are a part of NPP, as well as and Non EU Member States Greenland, Iceland and Norway.
For more information, see: www.northernperiphery.eu