Four of the Baltic sea countries; Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Russia are also Arctic states with Arctic regions and the Barents Euroarctic region touches directly the Baltic sea. The political emphasis on the Arctic means increased attention to the northernmost regions of the Baltics too.

Arctic, Barents, and Baltic face together the challenges of climate change, resiliency, and sustainability. These challenges were not born overnight, and they cannot be solved overnight either.  The European Commission has presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

In aging Europe younger generations will play an important role in facing and addressing these challenges and creating innovative solutions towards more sustainable, green growth. Actions necessary are expected to transform our way of living and working, of producing and consuming.

The Europe is also challenged with lack of competent workforce. This problem is also faced in the Arctic regions. The European Arctic has also a lot to offer for people who appreciate clean nature and safe environments.

Young leaders of today have started to demand more from policy makers and officials, rightly so. They demand for a seat in the table. How does this correspond in the northern region where different interests meet?

The workshop is a part of the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020, and the results will be presented at the Forum in October 2020 and published in a digital publication. More information at www.annualforum2020.eu

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