Διακοινοβουλευτικές

Once every year the DEEA holds meetings with members of the West Nordic Council, a cooperation forum for Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Discussions here generally focus on Arctic policies and the North Atlantic cooperation. Meetings last from half a day to two full days, depending on the location and the programme of the meeting.

History:

The European Parliament has met with the West Nordic Council once a year since 2008. This encounter takes the form of an inter-parliamentary meeting and includes MEPs and representatives from Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

11th EU-West Nordic Council IPM, 5 December 2019, Brussels

11th European Union - West Nordic Council Interparliamentary meeting
11th European Union - West Nordic Council Interparliamentary meeting, Brussels, 5 December 2020 © European Union 2019 – EP/Thierry Roge
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West Nordic Council delegation
11th European Union - West Nordic Council Interparliamentary meeting, Brussels, 5 Deceber 2019 © European Union 2019 – EP/Thierry Roge
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Meeting room and participants of the 11th European Union - West Nordic Council Interparliamentary meeting, Brussels, 5 Deceber 2019
11th European Union - West Nordic Council Interparliamentary meeting, Brussels, 5 Deceber 2019 © European Union 2019 – EP/Thierry Roge
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Flags of the European Union, Faroes, Greenland and Iceland
European Union - West Nordic Council Interparliamentary meeting © European Union 2019 – EP/Thierry Roge
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The EU-West Nordic Council (WNC) meets annually either in the WNC territories or in the European Parliament. As the last interparliamentary meeting took place in Reykjavik, on 13 February 2018, the 11th EU-West Nordic Council IPM was held in Brussels on 5 December 2019.

The meeting was chaired by Andreas SCHWAB, Chair of the DEEA.

MEPs and guests from Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands presented their overview of the latest developments and activities in the region. Further on, the meeting focused on the Arctic affairs and the EU Arctic Policy.

Participants widely agreed on the need for the EU to be more engaged in the Arctic and to better communicate its current contribution, especially to research, as well as the potential of its cross border programs. Values and rules that the EU can bring to the region (democratic governance, respect for the international law, environmental standards, keeping Arctic low-tension area) should not be underestimated, therefore EU's presence needs to be strengthened, inter alia, by keeping it high on the agenda of the EU and of the EP.

Previous meetings

A summary of inter-parliamentary meetings held during the European Parliament's 8th term (2014-2019) can be found in the delegation's archives.