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Arctic Stakeholder Forum

22/01/2018 - 17:26
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The Joint Communication established the Arctic Stakeholder Forum (ASF) as a temporary forum to identify investment and research priorities for the coming years and to enhance collaboration and coordination between different EU funding programmes.

The Forum is chaired by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and brings together representatives from:

• the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark with the Faroe Islands and Greenland, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway;
• the regions of North and East Finland, North and Middle Norrland in Sweden and North Norway, which are members of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) network; and
• the Saami Council.

The work of the Forum is summarised in a dedicated report setting out the views of the Arctic stakeholders on where investments are most needed in the Arctic and how EU funding for the region can be improved. The report was presented to Commissioner Vella on 19 January 2018 at a special meeting of the ASF. 

The conclusions of the report will feed into preparations for the next long-term EU budget (after 2020). The publication of the report marks the formal completion of the ASF’s work. The Forum will continue to meet regularly to facilitate the exchange of views between the Arctic stakeholders and the EU institutions.

Starting in 2018, the European Commission (DG MARE) will also organise an annual Arctic Stakeholder Conference to strengthen collaboration and networking between stakeholders to improve capacity building, international project development and awareness of financing sources.


The Arctic Stakeholder Forum report

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Recordings of the web streaming of the event can be found here:
The Arctic Stakeholder meeting of 19 January 2018


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