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Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, the government minister in charge of Nordic cooperation in 2017
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker is Norway's Minister of EEA and EU Affaris, and the Minister of Nordic Cooperation. She comes from Troms, Norway's northernmost county and is used to working across the Cap of the North. She has enjoyed a solid career in local politics, has been an advisor and state secretary in several centre-right governments and is well prepared for 2017. That is when she will be in charge of Nordic cooperation. What will be her priorities?
EU pressure to liberalise the road transport industry
Both Denmark and Finland will have to face the EU Court of Justice if they fail to change rules which they have implemented to prevent social dumping through the abuse of the EU’s so-called cabotage rules, says the European Commission. It is stepping up its work to liberalise the market for road freight transport.
Europe wants to turn waste into gold
Leading Danish politicians and businesses believe the circular economy is about to become a mega trend in Europe. Now they get backing from a new study which lists the enormous economic benefits which following a better use of resources. A new EU plan is in the works.
Has EU gender equality policy lost its momentum?
Yes, reckons Finnish researcher Johanna Kantola. The EU Court of Justice, meanwhile, is having a positive impact through judgements which could also have major consequences in the Nordic region, according to Kirsten Ketscher, Professor of Social Security and Welfare at the University of Copenhagen.
Stress and time pressure a challenge to Nordic work environments
Time pressure is a considerably higher psychosocial risk factor in Nordic businesses compared to the rest of Europe. Nordic businesses also highlight a lack of time as the main obstacle to a good work environment.

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