EC adopts integrated EU policy for the Arctic
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a policy proposal for an integrated EU policy for the Arctic region on 27 April 2016. The proposal is intended to guide the (currently 39 different) actions of the EU in the Arctic region, which focus on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development and international cooperation. The particular importance of research, science and innovation is reflected across these priority areas. The integrated policy which has now been adoped follows a request presented in 2014 by the Council and the European Parliament (EP) to the EC and the High Representative to develop a more coherent framework for EU action and funding programmes in the Arctic.
The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been contributing scientific expertise to the EU's actions in recent years, e.g. using earth observation and ecosystem modelling activities to assess recent and future impacts of the accelerated warming of the Arctic on terrestrial primary productivity and permafrost melting, or monitoring and analysing changes Arctic vegetation, and how they relate to climate change. In this context, the JRC is involved in a number of cooperations with Member States, Arctic States, the Arctic Council, UN-bodies and other key international players.
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