“The Arctic is a rapidly evolving frontier in international relations,” High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said, adding that climate change is dramatically transforming the region, and increasing its geopolitical importance, with a number of players seeing new strategic and economic opportunities in the High North.

“We must ensure that the Arctic remains a zone of low tension and peaceful cooperation, where issues are solved through constructive dialogue. The European Union must be fully equipped to manage the new dynamics effectively, in line with our interests and values,” Borrell said.

The Commission said the consultation seeks input on the strengths and shortfalls of the existing policy, with a view to possibly preparing an updated approach.


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