Open seminar June 2: The EU and the Arctic

Monday June 2 from 13:30 to 16:00 at the Nordic House

 The EU and the Arctic

An open seminar hosted by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland and the EU Info Centre in Iceland in cooperation with the Nordic Region in Focus.

This seminar will focus on the European Union and the Arctic. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of the EU’s Arctic Policy. How has it developed and which actors within the EU (institutions and member states) have a role in its implementation? What are the next steps for the EU in the Arctic? Furthermore, the seminar will explore to what extent the EU can influence policymaking in the High North. Moreover the focus will be on new shipping routes in the Arctic and various services related to them, such as transshipment ports and search and rescue centers.

Keynote speaker:
Richard Tibbels

Head of Divison, Arctic Affairs at the European External Action Service (EEAS) explains the European Union’s Arctic Policy.

The EU’s Arctic Policy – What it is and what needs to be done
Hannu Halinen, Arctic Ambassador of Finland.

European Union in the Arctic. Insights on the EU Arctic Policy and Beyond
Malgorzata Smieszek, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

“Step-by-Step – Oh Baby” – The European Union on its Arctic Path
Andreas Raspotnik, Analyst at the Arctic Institute.

Moderator: Margrét Cela, Project Manager at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland.

Coffee break with light refreshments.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to the public.