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20 Jul 2020

EC opens consultation on future Arctic policy

On 20 July 2020, the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service are jointly launching a public consultation on the way forward for the European Union's Arctic policy. The consultation will enable a broad reflection on the EU's Arctic policy in the face of new challenges and opportunities, including the EU's ambitions under the European Green Deal. The consultation seeks input on the strengths and shortfalls of the existing policy, with a view to possibly preparing an updated approach.

According to the EC, the consultation will help to:

  • re-examine the role of the EU in Arctic affairs;
  • revise the three priorities of the current Joint Communication on An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic, and the actions thereunder; and
  • identify possible new policy areas to be developed.

Fighting climate change and its impacts and protecting the environment are key objectives for the region. Promoting sustainable development in the Arctic to the benefit of those who live there, including indigenous peoples is another priority for the EU. To that end, continuously improving knowledge of the changes happening in the Arctic region, as well as identifying sustainable responses, is essential. Science, innovation and strong support for multilateral cooperation underpin the EU's approach to the Arctic.

For more information

EC - press release

Joint Communication on An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic

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