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EU Arctic policy

Joint Communication on an integrated EU policy for the Arctic, published by the European Commission and the High Representative on 27 April 2016

EU Arctic policy - an introduction

 

 

 

Understanding the science of climate change, helping to develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and safeguarding the Arctic environment are part of the EU’s wider efforts in relation to the Arctic.

The EU is committed to contributing to sustainable development in a balanced and integrated manner.

The EU engages in multilateral, regional and sub-regional cooperation on Arctic matters. Many Arctic matters relate to the Arctic as well as to lower latitudes.

Find out more about the Arctic.

  • EDU-ARCTIC, Engaging students in STEM education through Arctic research

    EDU-ARCTIC focusses on using Arctic research as a vehicle to strengthen science education curricula all across Europe. It aims to encourage students aged 13 to 20 to pursue further education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), setting them on a path to perhaps one day work in one of these sectors.

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  • GRACE, Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects

    The project will focus on developing, comparing and evaluating the effectiveness and environmental effects of different oil spill response methods in a cold climate. In addition to this we will be developing a system for the real-time observation of underwater oil spills and a strategic tool for choosing oil spill response methods.

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  • EU-PolarNet, connecting science with society

    EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research. From 2015-2020, EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research projects that deliver tangible benefits for society.

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  • INTERACT - International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic

    The International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT) aims to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic. This is necessary because the Arctic is so vast and so sparsely populated that environmental observing capacity is limited compared to most other latitudes.

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  • ICE-ARC, Directly assessing the social and economic impact of Arctic sea-ice loss

    ICE-ARC will look into the current and future changes in Arctic sea ice – both from changing atmospheric and oceanic conditions. The project will also investigate the consequences of these changes both on the economics of the area and globally, and social aspects such as on indigenous peoples.

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1st Arctic Stakeholder Conference and Annual Arctic Indigenous Peoples Dialogue – Brussels, 17 September 2018
Arctic - Research and Innovation

The European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) has elaborated a booklet which outlines key aspects of ongoing EU-funded Arctic research and innovation.

In their foreword to the booklet, HR/VP Mogherini and Commissioner Moedas stress a.o. that understanding and responding to Arctic changes requires joint efforts by the global community.

A safe, stable, sustainable and prosperous Arctic is important not just for the region itself, but for the European Union and for the world. The Arctic can be a gateway to cooperation across many issues and partners. The EU actively supports endeavours undertaken in that spirit, which is the basis of the EU’s Arctic policy. Secondly, we need to increase our knowledge of Arctic changes.

Investigations into the causes, mechanisms, consequences and evolution over time are the main subjects of Arctic research. Consequently, over the last decade, the EU has increased its investments in Arctic research and innovation, resulting in a EUR 70-million budget for the period 2018-2020.

Vellykket besøk fra Europaparlamentet

Europaparlamentarikerne begynte Norgesbesøket i Oslo, hvor de møtte utenriksminister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide og forsvarsminister Frank Bakke-Jensen, Etterretningstjenesten, ledende Stortingspolitikere og forskere fra NUPI og Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt.

 

Fra Oslo gikk reisen videre til Bodø, hvor delegasjonen møtte representanter fra Forsvarets operative hovedkvarter, Luftforsvarsbasen og Hovedredningssentralen i Nord-Norge. Her lærte deltakerne mer om hvordan nordområdene er blitt en stadig mer sentral del av norsk sikkerhets- og forsvarsinnsats.

 

I Tromsø møtte delegasjonen Arktisk råd, Kystvakten og Norsk Polarinstitutt.

 

Siste stopp på besøket var Longeyarbyen. Her møtte representantene først assisterende sysselmann for å diskutere Norges forvaltning av området, før de tok turen innom Universitetssenteret på Svalbard. Turen ble avsluttet med en utflukt om bord på Norges nye forskningsfartøy Kronprins Haakon, hvor delegasjonen fikk se og oppleve effektene av klimaendringer i nord på nært hold, samt et besøk til Svalbard satelittstasjon.

 

 

Arctic Stakeholder Forum

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.

Links:

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
 

 

Arctic Arts Summit
Diskuterte kulturpolitikk i Arktis

Målet med toppmøtet var å styrke kunst og kulturens rolle i nord, samt stimulere til økt grensekryssende kreativt samarbeid i regionen. Til stede var politikere fra alle de åtte arktiske landene, samt kunstnere, urfolk og andre kulturaktører.

Arctic Arts Summit
Foto: Pernille Ingebrigtsen / Arctic Arts Summit 2017

I en paneldebatt la Campbell vekt på de nære forholdet mellom EU og Arktisk som gjennom århundrer har utvekslet varer, skikker og tradisjoner. Tre EU-land er arktiske stater (Sverige, Finland og Danmark), og i fjor kom EUs første helhetlige strategi for Arktis. Igjennom en rekke EU-programmer bidrar EU også til forskning og bærekraftig utvikling i regionen.

Kulturprogrammet Kreativt Europa åpner opp en rekke muligheter for arktiske kulturaktører, og sammen med Kulturrådet ledet ambassadøren sesjonen "The EU and the Arctic – A Place for Culture?". Her presenterte Campbell EU-initiativer som Den europeiske kulturhovedstaden og Det europeiske året for kulturarv, samt både økonomiske og sosiale argumenter for å satse videre på kultur i Arktis og Europa.

Thea Breivik ved kulturrådet presenterte så Kreativt Europa, og hvordan man kan søke om midler til grensekryssende kulturarbeid. Programmet er også åpent for samarbeid med land utenfor Kreativt Europa, noe som gjør det til et viktig verktøy for Arktisk kultursamarbeid. To gode eksempler på dette er prosjektene "Changing Weathers" og "Follow the Vikings" som bringer sammen mennesker fra de arktiske landene og andre europeiske aktører.

Canadian ambassador Artur Wilczynski dancing
Photo: Pernille Ingebrigtsen / Arctic Arts Summit 2017

 

Les også ambassadør Helen Campbells kronikk om "kultur for bærekraftig utvikling".

 

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