Arctic Economic Forum

The Arctic Region – European Interests and European Policy in the High North by Steffen Weber and Iulian Romanyshyn, International Reports, Berlin, May 16, 2012, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

The Arctic region is attracting more and more attention, due to the effects of climate change, the main trigger of developments. Its effects are of a larger scale than in other parts of the world. At the same time, those changes are affecting other regions, through rising sea levels on the one hand and consequences for adjacent regional climates on the other.

Global warming was a tipping point that triggered ever- increasing international concerns about Arctic developments far beyond existing regional cooperation.
Read the full paper here.

The EU’s “place in the midnight sun,” by Dave Keating, European Voice, May 24, 2012

The European Union is funding an increasing number of research projects in the Arctic, but MEPs want greater co-ordination and focus. Read more…

The EU ARCTIC Forum in the Polar View: Europe’s role in the Arctic

Trade Routes in the High North – The Arctic shortcut between Europe and Asia, by Steffen Weber and Andreas Raspotnik, European Parliament Magazine, April 30, 2012

Climate change and economic developments will lead to unprecedented changes in the Arctic region, posing significant economic, ecological and social challenges, but also open up increased potentials for shipping, fishing, offshore petroleum exploration, and maritime tourism. The Arctic has already become an area of serious economic opportunity, amidst of which the prospective establishment of new international maritime trade routes stands out. Read more…

Experiences from Cooperation in the European Arctic

– Arctic Shipping, Resources, Indigenous People, Fishing –

“The European Union will have clear benefits of participating and engaging in the development of the Barents region.” This was stated by Mrs. Pia Svendsgaard, Chair of the Barents Regional Council,  and Birgit Schnieber-Jastram,  EU ARCTIC FORUM Brussels in a seminar in the European Parliament on 13 April arranged by the EU ARCTIC FORUM and the Barents Regional Council together with the North Norway Office. Read more…


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