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photo from the signature ceremony

Dominique Ristori, JRC Director General, and Arvid Hallén, Research Council of Norway Director General, shake hands after the MoU signature© EU, 2012

JRC and the Research Council of Norway set basis for cooperation


In the context of the conference "Mapping scientific needs in the Arctic and Northern Areas" held today in Brussels, the JRC and the Research Council of Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop cooperation in the fields of scientific and technical support to policy making processes such as innovation, energy, climate change, environmental protection and marine and maritime affairs. The implementation of this memorandum will successfully contribute to the development of mutual cooperation in research activities for the benefit of Arctic environmental protection and sustainable development.

The event "Mapping scientific needs in the Arctic and Northern Areas" aimed at highlighting science and research needs within a European context to tackle the challenges and identify opportunities in these areas. Discussions focused on 3 key issues: climate change and adaptation, sustainable management of oil and gas resources and renewable energy technologies.

This initiative can be seen in the context of the new EU Communication on "developing an EU policy towards the Arctic region" (June 2012) and the White Paper for the "High North" of the Norwegian government, which both underline the strategic, economic and environmental interest of the region.

The conference was jointly organised by the JRC and the Mission of Norway to the European Union and gathered around 120 participants, including experts, policy makers and industry representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.