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News article13 October 2021Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

European Commission and EEAS unveil new EU Arctic policy

Today, the European Commission and the European External Action Service unveiled the new EU policy for the Arctic. The EU will further strengthen its engagement in the region, working with partners to ensure a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Arctic.

Climate change is affecting the Arctic more intensely than any other region, but the effects might have a devastating impact on the entire northern hemisphere.

The EU is committed to

  • Fostering dialogue and cooperation with the international community to keep the Arctic safe and stable;
  • Addressing the ecological, social, economic and political challenges arising as a consequence of climate change and take strong action to make the Arctic more resilient;
  • Supporting an inclusive and sustainable development of the Arctic regions to the benefit of its inhabitants, including future generations, with a particular focus on indigenous peoples, women and the young.

Research and innovation have a key role to play in protecting the Arctic, with science and technology supporting evidence-based policy making and offering viable solutions by

  • Ensuring better science-society interface, for green, digital, and innovative solutions, engaging indigenous knowledge;
  • promoting multilateralism, openness and reciprocity through science diplomacy;
  • continuing its commitment to support Arctic research through Horizon Europe.

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Publication date
13 October 2021
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation