The European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) have launched a joint public consultation on the European Union’s Arctic policy.

The consultation seeks reflections on existing Arctic policy, which has been regularly updated since 2008. The consultation has three main aims:

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

The current policy focuses on three priorities: climate change and safeguarding the Arctic environment; sustainable development in and around the Arctic; and international cooperation on Arctic issues. Any researchers or stakeholders with an interest in Arctic science or any of these priorities are therefore encouraged to comment.

The public consultation is now open and will close on 6 November 2020.

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