Nordic and Baltic regions to co-operate on digitalisation

Friday, 28 April 2017
Nordic and Baltic regions to co-operate on digitalisation Photo: Simen Strand Jørgensen/

April 25, 2017  the Nordic and Baltic ministers responsible for digitalisation met at the Digital North conference in Oslo. They adopted a declaration which forms the basis for co-operation between the Nordic and Baltic countries. The co-operation will promote the digitalisation of public services across national borders, the digitalisation of business, and the development of a single digital market in the region.

“This pioneering work will benefit those living and working in our region as well as contribute to the EU’s ambition for a digitally integrated Europe,” says Norway’s Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Frank Bakke-Jensen.

“The Nordic and Baltic countries are European leaders in digitalisation. Closer co-operation will provide better services for residents across national borders and create more new jobs. The objective is for the Nordic and Baltic regions to become a powerful, united digital region,” says Norway’s Minister for Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner, who represented the Norwegian presidency together with Frank Bakke-Jensen.

Norway holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017. This is the first time the Nordic and Baltic ministers responsible for digitalisation have met for a ministerial meeting. In order to follow up on their declaration, the ministers have requested the involvement of the Nordic Council of Ministers in efforts to develop a plan for organising future work, such as through the use of existing arenas for co-operation.

Among other things, the countries are seeking to:

  • facilitate the use of personal identity numbers and electronic identification to make it easier to use services across national borders,
  • facilitate mobility and the development of expertise in ICT,
  • promote the roll-out of 5G in towns and local regions to facilitate new, innovative services,
  • market the region as innovative and suitable for testing new digital solutions,
  • promote initiatives that can make the region a global leader in the development and adoption of new technologies, and
  • strengthen the region’s voice within EU and EEA co-operation.

The declaration was adopted at the Digital North ministerial conference in Oslo.

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