He is director of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transportation and Logistics (NDPTL). Based in Helsinki, Danielsen wants to accelerate the development of transport networks in the High North.
NDPTL is an organization with four cooperating participants: Norway, EU, Iceland and Russia.
- Transport and infrastructure are integral to economic growth in the High North, Danielsen says.
He has not overlooked the EUs desire for constructive relations with their external energy suppliers, or their interest in the development of mineral-based industry. There is already a Joint Barents Transport Plan, currently only a report.
- When, in 2007, a Russian planted their national flag at the North Pole, the whole world laughed - for two minutes. I think we have to say it like this: "use it or lose it," says Oddgeir Danielsen.
During a seminar in Brussels this week, Danielsen highlighted the need for better transport links as a prerequisite for growth in the High North. During the same seminar, director Felix Tschudi from Tschudi Shipping stressed that Norway and the Kola Peninsula offer year-round ice-free access to the Arctic, and that this must be used to our advantage.
- A railway from Rovaniemi to Kirkenes and a pipeline along the same pathway are projects that can give new truth to the word that activity generates activity, Tschudi says.
The seminar in the European Parliament in Brussels gathered nearly 100 participants, demonstrating that discourse around the High North is heating up. The NorthNorway European Office was in charge of the seminar, in cooperation with the High North Center at the University of Nordland. Alyn Smith, member for Scotland, hosted the Parliament.
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