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Although currently occupied with more urgent issues affecting the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, the Council of the European Union, adopted its latest conclusion on the Arctic, entitled “Council conclusions on developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region” in its 3312th Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting in Brussels on 12 May 2014. Unsurprisingly, the adopted conclusion does not entail any obvious blunt statements that could generate controversies between the EU and some Arctic actors, in particular Canada, Greenland, the Russian Federation or the United States.
The Government of Greenland is forging ahead with offshore oil and gas licensing, even though a recent poll shows that half of Greenlanders say oil exploration should be limited or forbidden there (NN). In political news, the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission and the European Union have been busying themselves with Arctic policy in recent weeks. The Commission continued work on its report for the Alaska State Legislature (AD, ADN), while the Council of the European Union adopted a list of conclusions on EU Arctic policy. The start-up company Barentzymes opened on May 1st with 12 highly qualified researchers. Enzymes could be used to convert biological waste into food, crucial once the global population reaches nine billion people
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Defense and Security
By Andreas Østhagen, April 30, 2014
Canada’s recent decision to boycott an Arctic Council task force meeting held in Moscow is a direct example of how the Ukraine conflict is starting to impact Arctic cooperation. Given its prominent position in the Arctic, however, Russia is integral to most schemes for the region’s future development.
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European Union
By Andreas Raspotnik and Andreas Østhagen, March 17, 2014
Three years after the European Parliament’s (EP) last resolution on Arctic issues[1], the European Union’s (EU) parliamentary institution has adopted yet another non-binding resolution dealing with the EU’s northern neighbourhood in its plenary session on Wednesday, March 12th.
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European Union
By Andreas Raspotnik and Andreas Østhagen, March 10, 2014
As the European Parliament (EP) is set to pass a resolution on the Arctic in its next plenary session on Wednesday March 12, and a Council conclusion on the issue is scheduled for May [1], the Arctic continues to be on the EU’s policy agenda.





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