EU wants to address climate change in Arctic region

10:59, October 16, 2010      

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The European Union reconfirmed on Friday its commitment to address climate change issues in the Arctic region.

The European Parliament hosted on Thursday and Friday the " Arctic Futures Symposium," a two-day event aiming at assessing the perspectives of climate change in the Arctic region and establishing the related policy implications for ecosystem management, research and economic activities.

"I do believe that the European Union (EU) has a key role to play in this region," said Maria Damanaki, member of the European Commission responsible for maritime affairs and fisheries.

Three EU member states, including Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and two members of the European Economic Area, Iceland and Norway, have territories in the Arctic, while Canada, Russia and the United States are strategic partners of the EU.

On the occasion of the meeting, Damanaki reaffirmed EU's will to contribute to the protection and preservation of the Arctic region in collaboration with the people of the Arctic.

EU also wants to ensure that emerging activities, such as transport and exploitation of resources, respect the highest environmental and safety standards, while ensuring fair access to these activities for EU citizens and enterprises.

"A spirit of economic and political competition will not serve the future of the Arctic," European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said.

The third objective of the EU, which has become one of the biggest contributors in the region, is to enhance governance in the Arctic.

"For all those who live on this planet, we must make them understand that the future of the whole region is also their future," Prince Albert II of Monaco declared on Friday.

Source: Xinhua


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