While recognising the primary responsibility of the Arctic states for the development of the region, the Council notes that many of the issues affecting the region are of a global nature and are more effectively addressed through regional or multilateral cooperation. It notes that the EU should continue to make a significant contribution in both regional and multilateral fora which deal with arctic matters.
Today, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde, and European Commissioner Karmenu Vella released the following statement on the EU Arctic Forum held in Umeå (Sweden):
On 17 September 2018 the European Commission organised the 1st Arctic Stakeholder Conference, with a focus on "Knowing, developing and connecting the Arctic". The opening session addressed regional stability and cooperation, as well as climate change as the major challenge for the region. The EU engagement in the Arctic was highlighted.
Panel discussions focused on Leveraging Sustainable and Innovative Investment in the Arctic. The Arctic Indigenous Peoples Dialogue discussed on Indigenous Peoples' rights in the European Union and on Sustainable Development of the Region from an Indigenous Perspective.