EU stepping up campaign to join Arctic Council
When the Arctic Council meets in Sweden in May before chairmanship is handed over to Canada, one of the items on the agenda will be applications from the EU and China amongst others for observer status of the Arctic Council.
With climate change making access easier, the chances of keeping the Arctic free of economic activities like oil and gas exploration and increased sipping are dwindling. (I wrote a story about this just very recently: Business opportunities boom in the Arctic).
Some EU members are already on the Council, but the organisation wants its own observer seat. The reasons for this interest are not hard to find: to “wield greater influence over a region thought to hold huge undiscovered oil and gas reserves”, according to the publication EurActiv.com
EU member countries have different interests in the Arctic, so this is an interesting development to watch.
DateFebruary 1, 2013 | 1:58 pm