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Synergy and added value Experiences from the Nordic Council of Ministers by Tryggvi Felixson Head of Department The Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers [email protected] Overview. The Nordic Council of Ministers The food sector of the Nordic Council of Ministers

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Overview

Synergy and added valueExperiences from the Nordic Council of Ministersby Tryggvi FelixsonHead of Department The Secretariat of the Nordic Council of [email protected]

Bonn, Food Safety Research Workshop, 30.10.2006


Overview

Overview

  • The Nordic Council of Ministers

  • The food sector of the Nordic Council of Ministers

  • Basic principles for Nordic Cooperation

  • Examples that illustrate how cooperation can yield added value:

    • The Forest Research Cooperation Committee

    • NordForsk

    • NICe

    • Nordic Chemicals Group

  • Preconditions for successful cooperation

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Nordic council of ministers

Nordic Council of Ministers

  • Governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden

  • Together with Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland Islands

  • Common values – small countries joining forces

  • 11 ministerial councils for different areas

  • Secretariat based in Copenhagen

  • Nordic Council – operated by the popularly elected assemblies of the Nordic Countries

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Basis

Basis

Legal basis

  • The Helsinki treaty is the legal basis

  • All decisions unanimous/ by consensus

  • Decisions are binding, unless national constitutions require parliamentary approval

    Other

  • Respect for each countries special needs/interests

  • Activities only initiated if it can be foreseen that they yield added value to carry them out jointly

  • Trust

  • Apply the best expertise available

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Three perspectives

Three perspectives

Nordic - Baltic sea region /Northwest Russia

Nordic

Nordic - European

Global

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Food sector

Food sector

Food and Health

The overall goal is a wide range of healthy and safe foods of high quality, making it

possible to choose a healthy diet

Goals (examples)

Relations between food, eating habits and health.

Nordic Plan of Action for a better life through Diet and Physical Activity.

Develop Nordic co-operation on animal health, focusing on reducing the level of zoonoses and

develop emergency plans for epizooties and zoonoses. Improve animal welfare

Enforce and refine co-operation to evaluate and deal with chemical and microbiological food

risks. Closer monitoring and more regular collection of relevant data for risk assessments.

Developing of risk-evaluation models. Draw up holistic risk/use models for food.

Research and development, education and training

The overall goals are to reinforce and refine co-operation on research

and education, to improve the quality of existing co-operation, and to

help develop new areas of research and education

Goals (examples)

Strengthen Nordic cooperation in food safety, diet and health

Strengthen cooperation with Nordforsk and NICe

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Nordic food r d

Nordic Food R & D

MR-U

MR-NER

MR-FJLS

Council of Ministers for Trade, Energy and Regional Policies (MR-NER)

Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U)

Council of Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture,Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS)

Executive Committee

Fisheries Agriculture Foodstuffs Forestry

NordForsk

NICe

The Nordic Innovation Centre

NAF

NKJ

Ad hoc cooperationwith Nordforsk, NICe& Safefoodera

SNS

Nordic Working Group on Fishery Research

Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural Research

Nordic Forest Research Co-operation Committee

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Sns nordic forest research co operation committee

SNS Nordic Forest Research Co-operation Committee

  • Aim

  • Create Nordic synergy within forestry research by granting support to networks, research meetings, projects, joint utilisation of unique research facilities, etc.

  • Promote the development of new research areas through initiating networks and task forces

  • Promote research co-operation with the Adjacent areas

  • Strengthen the role of Nordic forestry research in European collaboration and encourage Nordic forest researchers to take part in international projects

  • Work to ensure that research results are communicated to the relevant parties within the Nordic cooperation framework

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Sns organization

SNS organization

The SNS executive committee has

two members from each country, and

one observer from the independent

area of Åland

Members represent research institutes,

research funding bodies, forest

administration agencies and forest

owners and industrial interests

There are 10 networks linked to SNS

includning:

  • Group on Urban Forestry, Landscape and Recreation

  • Group on Forest Fertilization

  • Nordic Forestry Technology Council

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Sns supports

SNS supports

Research projects

Preparatory studies for larger projects (pilot projects)

Networking activities

Preparation of applications to the EU framework programme

Research collaboration should involving at least three Nordic countries. Countries in the so-called Adjacent Areas (mainly Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and northwestern Russia) may also be included, as long as at least three Nordic countries participate. Grants will be allocated in order to create "Nordic synergy". To gain support from SNS, the research collaboration should lead to an added value, compared to unilateral research. laboratories.)

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Sns and car

SNS and CAR

A center of advanced research (CAR) is a joint Nordic forest research program within a specified scope with duration of 4-5 yr.

It is a network, approved by SNS, with a specified core in terms of scientific subject matter and leadership, in which research is carried out in a decentralised manner as agreed on in regular planning processes by the CAR partners themselves and as funded by the participants.

The aim of a CAR is to obtain synergies and avoid overlapping, minimise administrative work and to use the total Nordic R&D resources in the most efficient /optimal way. 

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Nordforsk

NordForsk

  • Responsible for Nordic cooperation within research and research training

  • Institution established 1 January 2005 under the Nordic Council of Ministers for Research and Education

  • Central players: National research councils, other research-funding agencies and the universities

  • Nordforsk Board with 1 member per country (high level)

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Food nutrition and health

”Food, nutrition and health”

A collaborative programme“Nordic Centres of Excellence within the issue of Food, Nutrition and Health”.

Main objective

To create Nordic strength by promoting scientific excellence and enhancing intra-Nordic research collaboration, co-operation and mobility of researchers.

Instruments Nordic centres of Excellence (NCoE). Virtual centres of joint objectives

The co-Nordic support may be allocated to:

• extra management and co-ordination costs

• researcher and key staff training

• full fellowships for visiting professors

• full fellowship for post docs from Nordic or other countries• those running costs that will provide added Nordic strength to the NCoE results• support for Nordic doctoral courses arranged by the NCoE and coordinated with regular NordForsk courses

Financing

All Nordic countries participate paying 2/3 of the programme – common pot.The Nordic budget (Nordforsk) “top up” and pay 1/3 of the programme.

  • The budget is 2,3 M Euro per year in 5 years - in total 11.5 M Euro

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The creation process

The creation process

  • Theme initiated at political/administrative level (CSO-Food). Seminar on ”Food, nutrition and genes” with scientists and research councils defined the topic. Proposal to Nordforsk.

  • Nordforsk Board decision on ”NCoE for Food, Nutrition and Health”

  • Programme description and procedures developed by Steering Committee – 1 representative per country from national research councils + observers

  • Status: Applications just received. Selection will be in a 2 stage process. Decision by Nordforsk Board medio February 2007

  • Major expectations of ”added value”

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Overview

NICe

  • NICe, Nordic Innovation CentreInstitution under the Nordic Council of Minister for Industry/Trade

  • Operating instrument for promoting an innovative and knowledge-intensive Nordic business sector. Key words: Innovation and a borderless region

  • Several Nordic programmes on food safety. They have been a model for creation of SafeFoodEra

Development in Foods

Functional

Food

(2005-2008)

NordFood II

(1998 – 2002)

Processing for

food safety

(2004-2006)

NordFood I

(1993 – 1997)

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Functional food

”Functional Food”

  • NICe programmeNordic programme on ”Functional Foods” in 2006

  • Main objectiveTo make Nordic functional food competitive and a healthy choice

  • InstrumentNordic cooperation projects.3 focus areas (in short: legislation, networking, innovation and lifestyle)Research institutions, authorities and industry from all Nordic countries participate in the projects.5 projects selected

  • FinancingFinanced by NICe with 50 % (on average). The rest of the financing comes from national sources, from the partners in a project. The NICe budget is 1 M EURO (Over 3 years)

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Creation process

Creation process

Theme initiated by NICe

Think TankMainly participants from or with strong relations to the industry. Consumer perspective also included. The Think thank should come up with proposal of a call for expression of interests.

Reference group1 member from each Nordic country representing national research programmes and institutions. CSO-Food represented. Appointed by NICe. Discussed the industrial input and influenced the programme text. A project evaluation group evaluated and prioritized project applications and gave recommendations

to NICe.

NICe Board decided on grants to projects.

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The chemicals group

The Chemicals Group

Working group under the Nordic Council

of Ministers (environment)

The aim

To reduce use and exposure to

dangerous chemicals

To increase the know how about

Chemical processes and chemicals

in goods

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The chemicals group1

The Chemicals Group

National Instrument:

Regulation of chemicals

Information about use and risk

Development of methods to evaluate risk

International Instruments:

EU (currently Reach)

Global Convention on Chemicals

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Criteria s for success

Criteria's for success

  • Common values (history, culture, social structure, democratic, language)

  • Flexible organisation and none-bureaucratic; adopt cooperative structure that is best for the task

  • The ability to reorganise/experiment

  • Solid experience over in over 40 years proves that cooperation yields added value/synergy

  • Nordic Budget

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Criteria s for success1

Criteria's for success

  • Consensus seeking process

    – but always searching the

    highest common

    denominator

  • No pressure on individual

    countries – voluntary

    participation

  • Personal ties

  • Mutual trust

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Thank you

Thank you!

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