The Kvarken Council EGTC’s first annual general meeting was held at the end of May 2021. The annual general meeting discussed statutory matters and elected a Chairman and Deputy Chairmen. The presidium was expanded from the Kvarken Council’s association times from two to four: one Chairman and three Deputy Chairmen.
Ms Anna-Kaisa Pusa, Mayor of the town of Kurikka, is one of the new Deputy Chairmen. Ms Pusa became a Board member on 2 October 2020 when the Kvarken Council EGTC held its founding meeting. However, Ms Pusa is already familiar with the Kvarken Council’s activities because of her involvement in the MABA and E12 projects.
The presidium was expanded from the Kvarken Council’s association times from two to four. Ms Anna-Kaisa Pusa, Mayor of the town of Kurikka, is one of the new Deputy Chairmen
– My previous experience in telemedicine between hospitals on both sides of the Kvarken was incredibly positive and continues to inspire me. The participation of the South Ostrobothnian town of Kurikka in the creation of a Nordic future together with others is a great opportunity. Sweden is often the first step towards foreign markets for our companies, and on the way they find the strength to begin exports to other European countries.
– In addition, the E12 is an immensely important Nordic and European route and of great importance to the economic life and export industry.We’re close to one another, and my aim is to promote good logistical connections over the Kvarken so that distances can be reduced even further.Together we’re stronger.
Ms Åsa Ågren Wikström, Vice Chairman of Region Västerbotten’s Regional Development Committee, has been a Board member already before the Kvarken Council was reorganized from an association to an EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation). She has extensive experience and a large contact network in Northern Sweden’s Västerbotten, and she is a member of e.g. the European Committee of the Regions.
Åsa Ågren Wikström, one of the new Deputy Chairmen
– I really look forward to continue working with all cross-border issues, especially the Kvarken region’s infrastructure and communications, but also the tourism industry, business life, health care, and research and development.
– It’ll be fun to continue bringing forward our Nordic cooperation also at European level!
Kvarken Council EGTC
The Kvarken Council is a neutral cooperation platform that enables all kinds of cross-border cooperation in the Kvarken region.
The Kvarken Council encompasses three Ostrobothnian counties in Finland and the County of Västerbotten and the Municipality of Örnsköldsvik in Sweden. Our members consist of municipalities and regional councils from all over the region.
From an Association to a Stable Legal Entity
The Kvarken Council adopted its new organizational form at the turn of the year 2020–2021. The registered association’s dissolution meeting was held prior to the annual general meeting, and the Kvarken Council EGTC continues the work that has been going on for close to 50 years.
Read about the Kvarken Council EGTC and its activities: www.kvarken.org/en/the-kvarken-council/