On Wednesday 27 April (*), the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission are set to adopt an integrated EU policy for the Arctic region. The document will guide the EU's actions for the coming years on tackling climate change, safeguarding the environment and promoting sustainable development in the region, and will support international cooperation on Arctic issues.
The European Commission and the European External Action Service are developing the EU's Arctic policy framework, building on a number of EU activities and decisions which already have an impact on the region. A first policy communication was adopted in 2008, followed by an update and overview of activities in 2012, jointly prepared with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. In 2014, the Council and European Parliament asked the Commission and the High Representative to develop a more coherent framework for EU action and funding programmes. The Communication on an integrated EU policy for the Arctic stems from that request and is to further bolster the EU's profile in the Arctic.
The High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will present the EU's Arctic policy framework in a press conference following the College meeting of 27 April. Available on EbS
Press material will be made available on the day.
(*) The planning of possible items for the agenda of the College of Commissioners is indicative and may be subject to changes.