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Sea basin strategy: Arctic Ocean

Sea basin strategy: Arctic Ocean

Sea basin strategy: Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is a vast marine area centred on the North Pole. With its adjacent seas, it borders the northern coasts of Europe, Asia and America.

The Arctic is changing rapidly and is increasingly high on the international agenda. It is our joint responsibility to protect the fragile Arctic environment for future generations whilst promoting the sustainable development of the region.

In response to these developments, the European Union has developed an integrated policy on the Arctic. Engagement with Arctic stakeholders is one of the cornerstones of the EU's Arctic policy, adopted in April 2016 by the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

On 17 September 2018 the European Commission organised the 1st Arctic Stakeholder Conference “Knowing, developing and connecting the Arctic”.

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Maritime Forum

European Atlas of the Seas

Maritime affairs