Ibrahim Baylan leads Nordic Energy Ministerial Meeting
On 22 May, the Nordic energy ministers will meet in Lund, led by Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan, to discuss deepened Nordic cooperation. The meeting will be followed by two international energy ministerial meetings in Malmö and Copenhagen on 23 and 24 May.
Sweden holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. Mr Baylan will lead the annual energy ministerial meeting, when the ministers follow up work on the Nordic energy policy cooperation programme for the period 2018–2020. The programme focuses on deepening Nordic energy cooperation, primarily in the electricity market, energy research, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The energy ministers will also discuss current issues related to the EU Energy Union.
"Nordic energy policy cooperation has a long tradition and has progressed well in recent years, not least through the common Nordic electricity market. Cooperation in Nordic energy research is also important. We are now moving forward and strengthening our cooperation," says Mr Baylan.
This year's Nordic energy ministerial meeting is also the starting point for the two international conferences, Mission Innovation (MI) and Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), to be held in Malmö and Copenhagen, respectively, on 23 and 24 May. Energy ministers from the G20 countries and the Nordic countries will take part in the MI and CEM, hosted by the Nordic countries, together with the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
"Hosting the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation together as Nordic countries will give us opportunities for dialogue with the world's energy ministers and decision-makers. The conferences reinforce the work of Sweden and the world to further develop the sustainable energy solutions of tomorrow," says Mr Baylan.
Nordic Council of Ministers
The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official forum for Nordic governmental cooperation. The Council works for common solutions to achieve positive effects in the Nordic region. The Council comprises the five Nordic countries, as well as Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The presidency rotates between the five member countries for one year at a time. Sweden assumed the presidency on 1 January 2018.
Global energy meetings in the Öresund region
On 21–25 May, Nordic Clean Energy Week will be held in different locations in Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen. The Nordic energy ministers will hold their annual meeting on 22 May. On 23 and 24 May, the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial and third Mission Innovation will bring together energy ministers from the Nordic countries, the EU and the G20 countries to advance the development of clean energy.