Common Concern for the Arctic Conference: extracts from the joint press conference by Diana Wallis, Vice-President of the EP, Joe Borg and Laurent Stefanini, French Ambassador for the Environment
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 10/09/2008 First transmission: 10/09/2008
Diana Wallis, Vice-President of the EP, Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, and Laurent Stefanini, French Ambassador for the Environment, gave a joint press conference on the "Common Concern for the Arctic" Conference.
The Nordic Council of Ministers hostied the "Common Concern for the Arctic" Conference in Greenland from 9 to 11 September. The purpose of the event was to encourage stronger international commitment to the Arctic and closer co-operation within the Arctic Region on climate change and globalisation.
During the French Presidency, the EU is reviewing its Arctic policy and a communication is expected to be issued to the Member States in the autumn. EU policies on the environment, fisheries, energy, trade and research already have a direct or indirect impact on the future of the Arctic area and its population.
One objective of the conference was to increase awareness of how EU policy affects conditions in the Arctic. Co-operation between Greenland and the EU was discussed.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Shots of Ilulissat, Greenland (10 shots)
||Joe Borg, Member of the EU in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, saying (in ENGLISH) that later this year the EU Commission will present a communication on EU Arctic policy ranging from climate change to governance issues. Its aim is to assess how Europe can best contribute to the sustainable development of the region. In the current context of growing economic interest, the EU will emphasize the paramount need to protect and preserve the Artic’s climate and biodiversity (2 shots).
||Laurent Stefanini, French Ambassador for Environment, saying (in ENGLISH) that Arctic is fully part of the northern dimension in terms of the CFSP and people can rely on them to push forward this as a priority; that "The EU has more than an Arctic window, it has an Arctic door”; that the French Presidency will put all its energy into an agreement during the Copenhagen conference in 2009.
||Diana Wallis, Vice-President of the European Parliament with responsibility for the Northern Dimension, saying (in ENGLISH) that the physical changes in the Arctic have been screaming for attention the last decade in order to face the challenges and the EP will continue to respond in three ways: first by seeking closer cooperation in this region through its commitment to the EU/Northern Dimension Partnership, then as co-legislator in the EU where they are taking a lead with an ambitious legislative package to combat climate change, and finaly by seeking from commission a more holistic approach to EU Arctic policy.
||Cutaways (5 shots)