European Union Releases Arctic Policy

April 27, 2016
By Jessica Rohde

Today, 27 April 2016, the European Union (EU) released its Arctic Policy. It has 3 main policy objectives:

  • Protecting and preserving the Arctic in cooperation with the people who live there
  • Promoting sustainable use of resources
  • International cooperation

As climate change and economic development accelerate in the Arctic region, the European Union intends to step up its engagement with its Arctic partners to jointly meet the challenge of safeguarding the environment while ensuring that development takes place sustainably. The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy propose that further development of EU Arctic policy focus on 3 key areas:

  • Supporting research and channelling knowledge to address environmental and climate change in the Arctic
  • Acting responsibly to help ensure that economic development in the Arctic is based on sustainable use of resources and environmental expertise
  • Stepping up constructive engagement and dialogue with Arctic states, indigenous peoples and other partners.

The EU press release is available here.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Sara Bowden, IARPC

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