ID checks on agenda at Nordic Council meet

As members of the Nordic Council meet in Helsinki, the recent implementation of border controls in some member states are sure to influence discussions about a cross-Nordic job market and the dream of a Nordic citizenship.

Swedish Raido news reported that on its first of a two-day meet, the council is set to discuss the labor market and proposals to make it easier to move between countries for work. As the EU is seen to be increasingly divided, there has been a resurgence of interest in common Nordic policy. For example, Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini recently said he wants to discuss a common asylum policy during the spring.

In Finland council members are set to discuss a possible Nordic citizenship, which would further simplify movement between the member-states. But ID checks like that at the Danish-Swedish border are seen as a step backwards for the council's goals.

"It will inevitably lead to a setback for the whole positive cooperation for promoting growth and development in the Öresund region," said chairman Henrik Dam Kristensen earlier in January about the new ID checks.

The Nordic Council's first session is scheduled to be held in Norway in April.

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