On 4th-5th September, the Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC) met in Uummannaq, Greenland. This meeting was organised as a back-to-back meeting with the Task Force Group, which prepares the programming process for the next programme period 2014-2020.
At this meeting, the PMC approved the one strategic project and 4 main projects in the themes of renewable energy, healthcare and maritime safety, committing nearly all of the programme funding. Update 12.09: overview of PMC project decisions. This was the last round of main and strategic project approvals for the NPP 2007-2013. However, it was decided to use the remaining funds for a preparatory project call in November, targeting main projects in the next programme in order to keep the programme's momentum and make a strong start in the next programme period 2014-2020.
In addition, the PMC discussed and accepted the final report of the ongoing evaluation exercise carried out by the European Policies Research Centre, which aimed to position the NPP for the next programme period. The report was considered to be an excellent overview of challenges and opportunities for the programme and to be valuable input for the programming process.
Task Force Group
This was the 2nd meeting of the Task Force Group, who discussed the structure and timetable of the programming process for the next NPP as well as methodologies to ensure national and regional input into the process.
The NPP is a people's programme, focussing on topics that impact on the (few) people living in the NPP area and may in some cases contribute to the survival of their communities. Visiting Greenlandic settlements made this unique aspect of the Northern Periphery Programme very tangible.
Performance by the children of Uummanaq's children's home.