Extracts from the joint press conference by Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Joe Borg, on the first step towards an EU Arctic Policy

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-059654   Duration: 10:16:21  Lieu:
End production: 20/11/2008   First transmission: 20/11/2008
The EC adopted a Communication on "The European Union and the Arctic Region", which highlights the effects of climate change and human activities in the Arctic. Apart from setting out EU interests and policy objectives, the text proposes a systematic and coordinated response to rapidly emerging challenges. Therefore the Communication is the first step towards an EU Arctic Policy and an important contribution to implementing the Integrated Maritime Policy for the EU.

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10:13:32 Title 00:00:05
10:13:37 View of the Berlaymont building 00:00:06
10:13:43 General view of the press conference room 00:00:06
10:13:49 SOUNDBITE (English) by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, on the goals of the Communication: 1) protecting and preserving the Artic inclosing dialogue with its population; 2) promoting sustainable use of its resources; 3) contributing to enhance the Artic multilateral governance; it goes without saying that the EU cannot achieve these goals alone and therefore it fully respects the role of the Artic states. 00:00:28
10:14:17 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:14:23 SOUNDBITE (English) by Benita Ferrero-Waldner: We are aware that exploitation is already going ahead in some places and could be profitable; however, given the very specific character of this region, we think that the exploitation of natural resources must be sustainable and comply fully with strict environmental standards. 00:00:23
10:14:46 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:14:52 SOUNDBITE (English) by Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs: The melting ice is also changing the patterns of distribution and productivity of the fish stocks; the retreating sea ice opens new fishing grounds and considerable parts of the Artic ocean are not covered by international fisheries management organisations that have been set up to manage fisheries. 00:00:27
10:15:19 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:15:25 SOUNDBITE (English) by Joe Borg: The new realities are what they are, and unless we act and provide a regulated mechanism for the Artic, we will find ourselves in a situation where the fishers will go there to fish without proper regulatory mechanisms; where extraction will continue taking place and intensify further without proper regulatory mechanisms; and where ships transit will continue without proper mechanisms; that's why we need to find the proper tools. 00:00:33
10:15:58 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:16:04 SOUNDBITE (English) by Benita Ferrero-Waldner: You have the UN Commission on the limits of the continent itself, which it's doing its work, then you have the Artic Council, but you might also have bilateral negotiations and the important is that they are peaceful. 00:00:17
10:16:21 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:13
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