“EU seeks input to new Arctic strategy, asks NGOs and indigenous peoples to contribute”

Editor’s note: the Barents Observer published the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Launched in 2008, and updated in 2016, EU’s Arctic policy is not old but as changes take place rapidly, the Commission and External Action Service want to re-examine the role of the EU in Arctic affairs.

High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borell, said the Arctic is a rapidly evolving frontier in international relations.

‘We must ensure that the Arctic remains a zone of low tension and peaceful cooperation, where issues are solved through constructive dialogue,’ Borrell said, pointing to what he calls ‘a number of players seeing new strategic and economic opportunities in the High North.’