Mantere stepping down as president

Johanna Mantere (Svensk Ungdom) will step down as president of NCF at the upcoming Repskap in April. Johanna has been a part of the board for three years and has lead the organisation for two years. During these years NCF has further developed both internally and externally.

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

“We’ve developed new ways of working. Before, the resolutions weren’t followed up effectively but now each adopted resolution get a follow-up plan and the results are communicated at the next Repskap. The board is now following a Social media strategy and working in thematic working groups on issues like the Arctic or the renewal of the Political platform. Working in an international organisation may be challenging at times, and therefore we’ve also implemented personal expectations and feedback sessions for the board.”

NEW ACTIVITIES

“During 2017 and 2018 our funding was stable and we had the possibility to develop our activities. In spring 2018, we invited the presidents and secretary generals for a Nordic Young Leaders Meeting (NYLM) in Helsinki. NYLM was a success for everyone! This is a great platform for our member organisations to share best practises, get to know each other and also learn something new. During spring 2018, NCF also visited collaboration partners and european institutions, as the Commission and the European Parliament, in Brussels for a study trip. In autumn 2019, the Board also organized an interesting Environmental seminar in Stockholm. We’ve had the possibility to bring our member organisations together and build networks on several occasions, which I’m personally most happy about.”

WAY FORWARD

“NCF is unfortunately meeting some economical challenges due to lack of external finances for 2019. The current board is working hard to find new ways forward, but this situation will surely follow to the next board as one of the main issues to solve. I’m confident that NCF will find a way, as it has found one each time before.”  

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Johanna will finish up her Master’s degree in Public International Law and Human Rights in Finland and is currently looking for new job opportunities.

The need for a Nordic Environmental Fund

The Nordic Centre Youth have a vision of the Nordic countries being international forerunners in ecology and green technologies - and the visions do not stop there.

We should be passionate of sustainability and also set even more ambiguous goals for Nordic countries. If we think a bit further and set a bit higher goals we could end up thinking that Nordic countries should not only meet United Nations development goals related to ecologically sustainable future, but also utilize all the knowledge for economical opportunities and leave an important green mark in the globe.

In other words, advancement in ecological terms is a good start, as developing and implementing technologies within Nordic countries gives us quite much knowledge for advancing even more. But that will not be enough as long as all the improvement of knowledge has not been utilized in solving the actual ecological problems all around the world. In the end that is what makes all the difference, isn’t it?

The world has a paradoxical problem, as relatively big part of the global knowledge related to sustainable solutions and technologies is concentrated in Nordic countries, meanwhile the major environmental problems are situated in other parts of the world. And in those areas in the world which has the most problems, there are not necessarily enough people with required knowledge working on those issues. Summing these things up together, we can clearly see that there is a big potential for Nordic countries to show up and together make a shift towards greener and healthier globe.

In order to make it real, we should begin think wider and observe all the possible major challenges lying between us and those great opportunities. Definitely one of the biggest challenges in developing and implementing all the new solutions is that doing it will require a lot of funding, which is not too easy to receive, especially as many of the big solutions are actually new, and nobody knows if they work before they are developed and tested. As the investments have big economical risk, there are not too many interested people nor organization willing to invest.

But in order to solve this issue, Nordic countries could end up founding an environmental fund or several environmental funds that would solve this problem by distributing economical investments in those higher risk innovation projects, making sure the success in such an important issue would at least not depend anymore on funding. That for sure is a common interest within Nordic countries.

Juho Kekäläinen
First Vice President
Nordiska Centerungdomens Förbund

Press release: Albin Westermark is the new Secretary General of the NCF

The NCF is proud to announce and welcome Albin Westermark as the new Secretary General of the NCF.

Westermark, 23, is Swedish and currently lives in Malmö. He has completed a technical preparatory year at Luleå University of Technology and will continue his studies in the same field at Lund University next spring.

Westermark has a versatile experience from different civil society organisations, where he has been active since 2014. He is currently a board member at The National Council of Swedish Youth (sv: Landsrådet för Sveriges ungdomsorganisationer), but has previously had the same position at Sverok, the Swedish gaming federation, and the international committee of our member organisation CUF.

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Copyright Albin Westermark

Westermark comes from a position as the Regional Activity Coordinator at CUF and has previously worked as Administrator at the Swedish Association of International Affairs.  

"I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my work towards a more liberal world, now on a Nordic level as the new Secretary General. It is exciting to be a part of NCF and I am certain that it will be an enjoyable experience from start to finish”, says Westermark.

The board was involved in the process all along, and the decision to choose Albin was based on several discussions within the board about what a good Secretary General is made of.

“For the position as Secretary General, we sought a person with versatile understanding of organisational and financial work. Albins previous experiences and knowledge will be a great asset for NCF. We welcome Albin to the team and look forward for close cooperation!”, comments Johanna Mantere, President of the NCF.

Westermark succeeds Emma Tcheng, who has had the position for the past two and a half years. Tcheng will continue to pursue her interest in Nordic cooperation, as she currently works with administration for the Nordic organisations Nordic Innovation, Nordforsk and Nordic Energy Research in Oslo. The NCF wishes her good luck in her new endeavours.  

Albin Westermark will assume office the 15th of January 2019.


For further information:

Albin Westermark, new Secretary General

+46 72 212 07 28, albin@westermark.nu


Emma Tcheng, the outgoing Secretary General

+46 90 63 28 01, secretarygeneral@mittinorden.com or emma.tcheng@gmail.com

Are you our new Secretary General?

Attention Norden! Do you have a passion for Nordic cooperation? Do you have some experience from youth politics and are you are looking for a part-time position to put your organisational skills into good use? As Secretary General at the Nordic Centre Youth we offer you a an interesting and versatile job opportunity in a Nordic environment. Did we catch you interest? Keep reading and apply today!

The job

The Secretary General is responsible for the administration and economy of the organisation, as well as preparing and executing the Board’s decisions. You will also participate in, plan and organise meetings and events across the Nordics together with the Board. You will be in charge of updating our web page and oversee good communication with our member organisations, the Nordic Youth Council and other partners. In addition, you will develop the organisation in close cooperation with the President and the Board of the NCF.

You as a candidate

We are looking for an open, enthusiastic and resourceful person with excellent organisational skills. As the only employee, you must be comfortable with working independently and alone, while also being a good team player. Previous work experience is not required, but you must have been active in one of our member organisations. You must also be able to communicate in English fluently, since it is our main working language. Furthermore, you must be able to speak and write in at least one Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish).

What’s in it for you

We offer you an exciting job opportunity with colleagues from all the Nordic countries and the possibility to establish a Nordic network. The position is part time, around 25 % off full time, from the beginning of January 2019. The position will give you great experience in organisational work, a lot of responsibility and an overview of the political life within the Nordics. We can assure you a sometimes hectic but fun work environment, where you will be able to travel and share memorable experiences with Nordic friends from the centre-liberal movement.  

Some travels within the Nordics will apply.

Great! How do I apply?

Please submit your written application and CV no later than the 18th of November 2018 to secretarygeneral@mittinorden.com.

Interviews will take place between the 26th of November and 1st of December as well as the 10th and 16th of December. We will train you for the job during spring 2019. We hope you will be able to start after new year, but expect you to participate in the Nordic Young Leaders Meeting in Helsinki the 1st to the 3rd of February.

Quick facts

Published: 29th of November 2018

Start date: Beginning of 2019

Extent: 25%

Work hours: Flexible

Location: Anywhere in the Nordics (as we do not have an office, the job is located wherever the Secretary General is)

Salary: The Secretary General receives an emoulment of 500€ per month.

For further information

Please contact our current Secretary General Emma Tcheng or President Johanna Mantere if you have any further questions.

Emma Tcheng, Secretary General: +358 409001313 or secretarygeneral@mittinorden.com

Johanna Mantere, President: +358 40 5386699 or president@mittinorden.com

About the NCF

The Nordic Centre Youth (NCF) is an umbrella organisation for Nordic centre-liberal political youth and student organisations. The NCF was established 1965 and is today home to over 16 000 young centre liberals across the Nordics. Today, the organisation has 9 member organisations and one observer from all the Nordic countries as well as the Faroe and Åland Islands. The main objective for the NCF is to create a Nordic platform for its member organisations - both politically and culturally. Besides two annual meetings, the NCF organises educational and social gatherings. The work is overseen and executed by a Board and a Secretary General. The NCF is one of the umbrella organisations in the Nordic Youth Council, where it represents its member organisation’s political agenda.


Read more about the NCF at www.mittinorden.com or follow us on social media!

Applications for the NCF Working Groups 2018-2019

Do you feel that the Arctic issues are close to your heart or would you like to learn more? Are you interested in influencing the course of the future Nordic copperation? Apply now for your two working groups!

At the last Repskap, in spring 2018, the NCF decided to create two working groups. One of them would we working with Arctic questions and the other would prepare the work of the revision of the political program. As of today we are looking for eager participants.

The working groups will work until the Repskap 2019, after which the result of the work will be presented. The chairs of each working group are resposible for coordianting and facilitating the work of each working group.

Caught your interest? Read more about each working group below! 

Working Group 1 - The Arctic

Chair: Niina Ojala, Finland (KeNu)

Are you interested in the Arctic area? Would you like to contribute to policy making concerning the Arctic?

The Arctic working group will discuss questions related to the Arctic, write a resolution on the topic, develop a week-long social media campaign and contribute to the political program of NCF on the Arctic.

The work of the WG can be summed in three main focus areas:

  1. Mending a resolution on the Arctic area for Repskap 2019

  2. Develop a week-long social media campaign with a aim to highlight Arctic questions

  3. Contribute to and develop NCF political program on Arctic issues

We are looking for 1-2 representatives from each MO. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Niina at niina.ojala93@gmail.com.
 

Working Group 2 - Political Program

Chair: Syver Zachariassen, Norway (SUL)

Are you interested in affecting the politics of the NCF hands on? Would you like to determine how the Nordic cooperation should evolve? Then this WG is the one for you!

The Political Program of the NCF has not been revised since 2016. Therefore, it is time to take a look at the political foundation of our organisation. The WG will revise the whole political program from topics such education and research to environment, energy and transportation. The preliminary timetable is to present a first draft at the upcoming Top Meeting where delegates are encouraged to make amendments and give comments. After the Top Meeting, the draft will be sent to the Board of the NCF and finally to the Member Organisations. The final product will be presented at the Repskap in 2019. 

We are looking for one representative from each MO. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate contact Syver at sza.sp.no.

 

Applications to either working group should be sent to secretarygeneral@mittinorden.com no later than the 26 August 2018 at midnight!

Mantere to run again for President of the NCF

Johanna Mantere, from Svensk Ungdom has decided to run for her second term as President of the NCF. Mantere announced her candidacy at the Nordic Young Leaders Meeting last weekend in Helsinki. 

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The past year has shown that there is a political will within our organisation to work for different solutions for a stronger Nordic cooperation. I have the will and the motivation to continue leading this process.

“This year we’ve concentrated on our way of working within the board, renewed our statutes and developed already existing events and planned new ones. Last weekend the NCF gathered Presidents and Secretary Generals from our member organizations in Helsinki for fruitful discussions on future visions on Nordic cooperation. We believe it’s important for our member organizations to get to know and learn from each other. In a month, the NCF is going on its first study trip and physical board meeting to Brussels. It’s a great opportunity to gain more knowledge on Nordic cooperation on a global level and meet international partners.”

Mantere was elected President of the organisation a year ago at the Repskap in Helsingborg, Sweden. Besides its statutory events, the NCF will organise a second summer camp next year and continue to develop as an organisation. There is also political will to work for a stronger Nordic cooperation, a challenge Mantere is happy to accept.      

“The past year has shown that there is a political will within our organisation to work for different solutions for a stronger Nordic cooperation. I have the will and the motivation to continue leading this process. Next year we will put even more concrete actions on the agenda for stronger Nordic cooperation.”

Johanna is 25 years old and has previously been the Vice President of the International Committee of Svensk Ungdom. Currently, she is finishing her master’s degree in Public International Law at Åbo Akademi in Turku, after an intense fall at the Permanent Mission of Finland at the United Nations in Geneva, where she did an internship.

The next Repskap will be held the 13-15 of April in Copenhagen. The Repskap will elect the President and the board for the upcoming year. 

For more information: 

Johanna Mantere
+358 40 5386699

Julefrokost in Copenhagen

As you may remember, back in 2016 the NCF launched a campaign called Jeg Er Nordisk. The campaign worked for a common Nordic citizenship, as we believe that deeper Nordic integration is an asset for us all, not only regionally, but also globally. We believe that it would ease a move to another Nordic country, increase a cultural exchange between the Nordic nations as well as encourage complete Nordic cooperation. 

As part of the campaign, the NCF hosted an Instagram picture competition together with FNUF (Föreningen Nordens Ungdomsförbund). Contestants were asked to publish a photo with the hashtag #jegernordisk and describe what it means to be Nordic to them. We received around 100 entires, out of which a jury chose to award Ida Katajamaa 300€ for a Nordic trip! The quote below is the caption of her entry as well as the reason we decided to award her the travel money.

“Hi, my name is Ida, I am a sami and come from a small town in Northern Finland, 300 km North of the Arctic Circle. There is no university in my hometown so I moved to Stockholm after high school. Ever since I was little, I wanted to move to Norway because I love the outdoors and beautiful mountains. I found a summer job near the Geiranger-fjord three years ago. The phrase “home is where your heart is” is the best description of my feeling there. I look forward to finishing my last year at university so I can move to Norway permanently. I have no place to call home, but my heart is in Norden. So Norden is my home.”
— Ida Katajamaa

A year later, it was finally time for the long-desired trip! Ida decided to travel to Copenhagen for som julefrokost. Here is a short travel diary as well as some picture from her trip:

"After hearing I’d won the #jegernordisk Instagram competition back in November 2016, I immediately thought I would use the price would travel to Iceland. However, like we’d say in Finnish, ”tuli monta muuttujaa” (many variables) happened, and I ended up in Copenhagen! My Norwegian friends had planned to do ”julefrokost” there, so it sounded like a perfect getaway from writing my thesis at Stockholm University in Sweden.

This weekend happened to also be the ”J-dag”, when Tuborg launched their Christmas beer. Coincidence? I got to eat my way through the city and the street food markets, get more familiar with Danish smørrebrød, taste different types of akvavit, experience my first ever julefrokost and catch up with my friends from different Nordic countries.

It really seems like wherever I go in the Nordics, the people always make it feel like home. I thought I was a wilderness and mountain person, but after my last visit to Copenhagen, I’d say I’m a Denmark person too. #jegernordisk"

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The NCF hopes Ida had a fantastic time in the capital of Denmark, and hopes she will continue to explore the Nordics!

Pictures: copyright Ida Katajamaa

8139 times thank you! - the Danish local elections

By Lucas Honoré and Caroline Stephansen, Board Members

The Danish local and regional elections finally took place the 21st of November, after a long and intense period of campaigning. Our member organisation Radikal Ungdom had reason to celebrate, as all of their candidates together received 8139 personal votes! Their mother party, Radikale Venstre, did as well and is today represented in 55 out of 98 municipalities across the country. The party is also well positioned in the regional councils.

Celebrations on the eve of the elections! Picture: Radikal Ungdom

Celebrations on the eve of the elections! Picture: Radikal Ungdom

Out of 35 candidates, RU was able to get 4 people elected in the municipal councils and committees. One of the lucky four, was the former chairman of Radikal Ungdom, Christoper Røhl, who is now a member of the municipal council of Copenhagen. In his campaign, Røhl mainly focused on student housing and working for a greener city. His work seemed to pay off, as he received an impeccable amount of personal votes - 1009 to be exact! Radikal Venstre also increased their representation with 23 new representatives in 13 new municipalities. The party has now nationally  80 representatives in total. Despite the fact that the party has a reputation of being an urban party, candidates have been elected all across the country, which shows potential of realising socialliberal politics rurally as well. The socialliberal movement hopes that there will be development in the education sector, better conditions for children, free psychological assistance for young people and an increase of local private enterprises in the future. 

Former leader of RU, Christopher Røhl, handing out coffee with his eager campaigning team! Picture: Radikal Ungdom

Former leader of RU, Christopher Røhl, handing out coffee with his eager campaigning team! Picture: Radikal Ungdom

While the results have been jolly, there seems to have been some bumps on the way to victory. The vice mayor of Copenhagen, Anna Mee Allersley, got in trouble for having her wedding reception in the town hall without paying an the ordinary rental fee! This, unfortunately forced her to step down, but luckily, for the party, the new vice mayor is also from Radikale Venstre. This shows, above all, that voters have succeeded on focusing on politics, rather than accidental personal scandals!

The overwhelming result of the elections is without a doubt thanks to the enthusiastic volunteers, who have worked day and night throughout the whole election period! While there still isn't any demographic data of the voters, there is a consensus that the campaign has attracted young people, who can ascribe to the core values of RU. Hard work pays off and it seems like the socialliberal movement will continue to influence the politics of Denmark, also on a local and a regional level. Important topics in the future will be the environment, education and integration.   

Pictures: copyright Radikal Ungdom 

A weekend to remember - KOL's Annual Congress

By Juho Kekäläinen, Board Member

KOL, Keskustan Opiskelijaliitto (or Finnish Center Students) had its congress between 10.11 and 12.11 in Turku. This year there was around 40 participants. The setting of the congress was interesting. This year, an updated manifesto as well as a new strategy were on the agenda. Meanwhile, the fundamental values and visions of KOL raised an active discussion.

Politically, the most interesting thing KOL did, was that it changed its position towards the matriculation examination system, an unique part of the Finnish high school system, which KOL has had an opposing view on before. From the Congress 2018 forward, KOL approves that the high school national exams will continue to have an import role in the future, however, the system itself has to be developed. KOL will prepare its vision how the examination should be improved.

Elections were, like always very exciting, however, the new president was elected again (!) with only one vote difference! This indicates, above all, the quality of the competition within KOL. Two excellent candidates ran for President, but in the end it was Auli Piiparinen who came out victorious. There were no hard feelings after the election result, and the runner-up Lauri Heikkilä only showed thankfulness for the Congress. He gave an inspirational speech and bid his farewell to the organisation, where he has been for 7 years. The feeling of unity in the Congress room, after the result was announced, was truly inspiring.   

To sum up, the Congress approved a new strategy for the organisation and combined with a new board, the center student movement continues united and strong. The inspiring and exciting weekend predicts great upcoming year. According to the new strategy, KOL will prepare a program of its environmental policy as well as a pamphlet of its European policy. The manifesto, in turn, calls upon KOL to strengthen its international activity. In other words, excellent news for the NCF!

Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that history was made during the weekend, as the all of the members of the new presidium are from universities of applied science. This means that KOL will probably have an even greater chance to practice politics, which will strengthen the dual model in the Finnish higher education system - meaning that universities of applied science should regain a firmer position along universities. At the very least, it is a clear statement to the current Minister of Education and Culture, who seems to prefer universities at the expense of universities of applied science. We'd like to wish KOL good luck and look forward to hear about the year to come!

May we present the board of KOL 2018! From left to right: Inna Kallioinen, Oscar Hätinen, Terhi Ala-Keturi, Emmi Paajanen, Auli Piiparinen, Eemeli Rajala, Matti Nivala, Joni Takku. Congratulations everybody! We look forward to a strong cooperation in the future! :)

May we present the board of KOL 2018! From left to right: Inna Kallioinen, Oscar Hätinen, Terhi Ala-Keturi, Emmi Paajanen, Auli Piiparinen, Eemeli Rajala, Matti Nivala, Joni Takku. Congratulations everybody! We look forward to a strong cooperation in the future! :)

Snapshots from the SUL Annual Congress

A week ago, it was time for our member organisation Senterungdommen (SUL) to gather for it’s Annual Congress. With over 210 participants, board elections and over 50 resolutions sent in by members of the organisation, it was bound to become an exciting weekend! Our Vice President Syver Zachariassen was of course present. Check out his snapshots from the weekend! 

Adas reaction was legendary when she was re-elected as the leader of Senterungdommen! Congratulations Ada!

Adas reaction was legendary when she was re-elected as the leader of Senterungdommen! Congratulations Ada!

Our Vice President and social media wizard Syver Zachariassen together with newly elected board member Emilie Enger Mehl and President Ada Arnstad.

Our Vice President and social media wizard Syver Zachariassen together with newly elected board member Emilie Enger Mehl and President Ada Arnstad.

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CUF <3 SUL

Victor Rundqvist from Centerpartiets Ungdomgsförbund, visited the Congress and was widely applauded. Nordic cooperation at its finest!

Victor Rundqvist together with the newly elected International Leader Rikke Håkstad and President Ada Arnstad being fancy at the Congress party.&nbsp;

Victor Rundqvist together with the newly elected International Leader Rikke Håkstad and President Ada Arnstad being fancy at the Congress party. 

The Icelandic snap election - a game changer

By Tanja Kristmannsdottir, Board Member

The snap election in Iceland was called with only a months notice after the government collapsed in the middle of September this year. It is worth noticing, that the snap election was held only a year after the last elections on Iceland. As expected, the snap election, which was held on October 28th, changed a lot. 

The Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn), the previous governmental party, continued to be the largest party on Iceland, which it has been for the last few decades. The Independence Party won 25,2% of the votes, which means that the party secured 16 MPs in Parliament. The Left-Green Movement (Vinstri grænir) were the predicted winners of the elections, but they didn‘t get as much support as the polls were expecting and ended up with winning only 16,9% of the votes and 11 MPs in Parliament . The Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) split in two right before the snap election but managed to hold on to all of their MPs which were elected back in 2016 (8 in total) with a result of 10,7% of the votes. The Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin) did well in the snap election and increased their number of MPs from 3 to 7 by winning 12,1% of the votes. The Pirate Party (Píratar) lost 4 MPs and have now 6 MPs in Parliament (9,2%).

As a result, Iceland is looking at a new Parliament consisting of 8 different parties, a situation quite unusual for the country.

The two other governmental parties did terrible in the snap election. The Reform Party (Viðreisn) got 4 MPs elected and won 6,7% of the votes and while Bright Future (Björt Framtíð) won 1,2% of the votes, resulting in no elected MPs. Two new parties entered the snap election this year, the Centre Party (Miðflokkurinn), which split from Progressive Party, and Flokkur fólksins (the People's Party). The Centre Party managed to win 10,9% of the votes resulting in 7 elected MPs, while the People's Party won 6,9% of the votes and got 4 MPs elected.

As a result, Iceland is looking at a new Parliament consisting of 8 different parties, a situation quite unusual for the country. There are no chances of a two-party government, which means that the new government has to be formed by at least 3 or 4 parties. This is unusal for Iceland since the country normally has two-party governments. As of now, it looks like the new government has three options. First, it can go right and form a government consisting of the Independence Party, the Progressive Party, the Centre Party and the People's Party. Second, it can choose to go left, which would result in the Left-Green Movement, the Social Democratic Alliance, the Progressive Party and the Pirate Party in government. Or third, there is the option of going across the usual left-right axis which would most certainly result in the following combination: the Independence Party, the Left-Green Movement and the Progressive Party. 

Johanna Mantere runs for presidency of the NCF

Johanna Mantere (Svensk Ungdom) has announced that she is running for President of the Nordic Centre Youth (NCF). Mantere is 24 years old and has been active in various of youth organisations for many years. She is currently the first vice president of the NCF as well as the vice chairperson of the International Committee of Swedish Youth. Mantere studies Public International Law and International Human Rights Law at Åbo Akademi.

We need a strong Nordic co-operation more than ever. NCF has been a spokesperson for that  co-operation in the Nordics for over 50 years. I want to continue the path that the NCF has been creating and together with fellow centre-liberals, find solutions and visions for our future Norden. While the NCF should be a platform to build networks and friendships, it should also be a strong voice heard in both the Nordic Youth Council as well as the Nordic Council.
— Johanna Mantere, SU

Robert Steffens (Centerpartiets Ungdomsförbund) supports Mantere for president. Steffens is a board member of the International Committee of CUF and represents the NCF in the Nordic Youth Council.


“Johanna is a very competent person and knows how to be a good leader. She is the perfect person to lead the NCF. She has my full support.”

- Robert Steffens, CUF


Mantere also receives support from fellow board member Syver Zachariassen (Senterungdommen) who is also active within his own organisation's International Committee.


“Johanna is including in her work and has the ability to widen the perspectives of policy-making in the NCF. Her warmth and charisma will be an asset for the work in the board.”

- Syver Zachariassen, Senterungdommen


The Nordic Centre Youth will elect a new board and a new President at the Repskap in Skåne, 28-30 April 2017. The current President Erik Carter (Radikal Ungdom) is stepping down, after leading the work of the NCF for three years.

 

For more information,

Johanna Mantere: johanna.mantere@gmail.com or +358 40 5386699

Emma Tcheng: ncf.secretarygeneral@gmail.com or +31 6 13 78 66 79

Erik Carter to run again as President of the NCF

Erik Carter from Radikal Ungdom has been the President of the NCF since August 2014, and will run for his third term as President at the Repskap in Oslo in the end of April. 

Erik is 22 years old, works full time for Microsoft Denmark and has a bachelor in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. He's the former European Officer of Radikal Ungdom.

"2014 was all about restructuring the NCF's foundation. We had a devastated economy, unfair membership fees and were unable to have physical meetings within the board. After getting our funding back in 2015, we've focused on refining the work that went into the political program. We've also got a whole new website, massively improved our presence on Facebook and Instagram and been very active in our respective member organizations. And of course we've been celebrating the milestone the 50-year anniversary was for us in October 2015 in Copenhagen."

2016 is the year where the NCF not only has a voice - it’s the year our voice will be heard.
— Erik Carter, president of the NCF
Erik at the 50-year anniversary of the NCF in Copenhagen.

Erik at the 50-year anniversary of the NCF in Copenhagen.

"We've been in Nordic national media several times, we've put actual policy on the agenda in the Nordic Council and we're currently building a campaign around removing the Nordic borders. 2016 is the year where the NCF not only has a voice - it's the year where our voice will be heard.

We'll also be having totally new initiatives: a meeting for all the secretary generals of NCF-organizations in Helsinki in May and a Summer Camp for 65 people in Umeå in Sweden in July. We've secured funding for these events by being proactive and planning ahead. This approach is what I belive will keep the NCF going forward and evolving in the future. We need to be the place where people meet each other. Build friendships, networks and experiences that last."

The new board will be elected the 30th April 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

Read more about Erik here.

Announcing the new Secretary General of the NCF

Announcing the new Secretary General of the NCF

The NCF has benefited from the hard work and dedication of our current Secretary General Jose Forslund for around 3 years. But all good things must come to an end, and we've been on the lookout for a new Secretary General the last month.

We're proud to announce that we've found the candidate who's just right for the job - meet her here:

FAQ - Nordic citizenship

Curious about Nordic citizenship but unsure what it means?

The vision: It has to be as easy to participate in, move to and live in other Nordic countries as your own. We want a Norden without borders and with active citizens.

There are several aspects to Nordic citizenship. Here, we outline the frequently asked questions (FAQ):

"Are you removing my national citizenship?"

No. The Nordic citizenship will simply mean that you keep your national citizenship but are treated equally in other Nordic countries should you choose to live there. It's common sense, really.

"Are you against EU-citizenship?"

We actually don't have an opinion on that. We believe in Nordic integration because the Nordic countries are economically, culturally and historically similar. We've showed the world what good societies look like for more than 60 years. If the EU was inspired, we'd simply be flattered.

"Will all rights and duties follow me if i move?"

Yes and no. Yes, because we want you to be treated as equally as possible in the Nordic country you should choose to live in. No, because some duties like military service are too much to ask for from citizens that have just shown up to the party. So this will be open for discussion.

"Why not propose a nordic federation?"

The idea is interesting, but we're more focused on how to help people on an everyday level. We believe the Nordic cooperation has always been driven by a bottom-up engagement from citizens, so we find it natural to strengthen that level first.

"Will it not create welfare tourism?"

Well, first of all, we don't really believe that people leave their home country, all their friends and their life to get a marginally higher income from social benefits. But even if people choose to do so, we want a mechanism in place so the countries compensate each other so no one has to pay an unreasonable amount of money for supporting other Nordic countries' citizens.

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