About this consultation

1 September 2014 - 1 December 2014
Policy areas
Maritime affairs and fisheries

Target group

All citizens and organisations.

Objective of the consultation

This consultation built on one of the issues identified in the 2012 joint communication to the European Parliament and the Council on 'Developing a European Union policy towards the Arctic region: progress since 2008 and next steps'. This joint communication stressed the importance of reinforcing and interlinking the various funding initiatives at the EU's disposal in order to have a positive impact on the development of the Arctic for the benefit of local communities and indigenous peoples.

This consultation also responded to the calls from the European Parliament and the Council that underline a broad support for a further coherence between the different EU instruments that can be deployed in the Arctic. The European Commission was therefore seeking the contributions of all those interested in order to

  • obtain an overview of what the key investment and research priorities are for the region
  • see if there is scope for further coordination and exchange of best practices
  • see where improvements could be made in the scale and scope of EU funding in specific areas such as connectivity, environment and development
  • consider how other sources of funding, for example from the private sector, could best be used to support regional economic development

Reference documents

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