Northern Dimension Future Forums 2018

Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia

20 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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Welcome to Brussels !

Northern Dimension Future Forum on Transport: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia brings together European decision-makers, top experts and leading transport companies to discuss the future developments in land and Arctic maritime connections between Europe and Asia.

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Russia led Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union’s visions on Euro-Asian connectivity all share an interest to develop efficient and interoperable trade routes between Europe and Asia. Creating synergies between these large-scale initiatives is essential in order to ensure sustainable development of connectivity benefiting all parties. Southern maritime connections are the main trade route between Europe and Asia, but recently, utilization of railway connections has been on the rise despite a variety of bottlenecks still prevailing. At the same time, the global warming and rising economic activity in the Arctic are resulting to growing shipping in the Arctic waters even on a year-round basis. Enhancing the competitiveness of these trade routes in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable manner is essential.

The Forum showcases recent research, policies and business initiatives in Northern Europe focusing on Euro-Asian railway connections and the Arctic maritime connections. The event features two knowledge arenas consisting of expert interventions followed by decision maker comments and a moderated discussion.

Participants will include representatives of national governments, EU institutions, European Parliament, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions as well as business, academia and civil society.

The event is organized back-to-back with the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Climate Change and Black Carbon in the European Arctic held on
19 November 2018. For more information please visit the

The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy of four equal partners: the European Union (EU), Russian Federation, Norway and Iceland aiming at supporting stability, well-being and sustainable development in the region by means of practical cooperation. The Northern Dimension Future Forums focus on issues, trends and challenges that will shape the future developments in the Northern Dimension priority themes (environment, transport & logistics, culture, and health & social wellbeing) throughout the ND area and need to be somehow addressed in all the ND countries and beyond. They serve as knowledge exchange and brainstorming platforms connecting researchers, academic experts, NGOs, business and policy-makers.

The ND Future Forums are organized by the Northern Dimension Institute in collaboration with the four Northern Dimension Partnerships: Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL), and Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The organization of the ND Future Forums is financially supported by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. For more information please visit the Northern Dimension website.

For additional information and clarifications on the content of the event, please contact:

  • Mrs. Minna Hanhijärvi
  • Mrs. Hanna-Elina Koivisto,

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Please complete the online registration form by 15 November 2018, to confirm your attendance. Once registered on the website, you will receive a confirmation email within a few working days. Please consult the website regularly to view any updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels!

Ms. Eleni Fedorova
Project Manager
M +32 484 630 556

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Registration is open until 15 November 2018,
room capacity is limited and participations are subject to approval of the EC. 

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