Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Nordic Council Is Considering A Regionwide Citizen ID

Via Business Insider:

The Nordic Council, a regional cooperation body, has today been debating a pan-Nordic citizen ID in a committee meeting in Oslo.

The proposal was put forward by members representing centrist parties in the council. Their argument is that a common ID would make it easier for the region's citizens to live, study and work in another Nordic country.

“It doesn’t mean we will abolish the national citizenship so much as complement it. It would give all Nordic citizens the same rights and duties, wherever they choose to live” said Britt Lundberg, a Swedish Center party politician, and president of the council in 2017, to Sydsvenskan.

If the proposal wins a majority vote, it will be futher debated in the council's meeting in Stockholm in April.

“The goal is also to make the Nordic region to a more powerful common market for goods, knowledge, employment and free movement” says Lundberg.

Facts about the Nordic Council

The Nordic Council, founded in 1952, is an official parliamentary body that promotes regional cooperation.

The council has 87 members from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Sweden.

Council members are appointed in the member countries’ respective parliaments, and are organized into various party factions.

The council puts forward proposals on various issues, which are forwarded to the government’s in each country.

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