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Security concerns must be part of EU Arctic policy

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The Arctic region seems to be warming twice as fast the rest of the planet, which has not only a direct impact on sea levels and ecosystems, but also on trade routes and geopolitics.

This week, MEPs raised the alarm over the security challenges emerging in the Arctic, in particular the military build-up of Russia and the increasing investments of China in this fragile region.

  • Russia previously imposed restrictions on navigation rights in the strategic Northern Sea Route (Photo: UW News)

Under a report, adopted on Wednesday (6 October), EU lawmakers said that the new EU Arctic policy should address environment and maritime security issues, especially given the “growing economic and geostrategic significance of the region”.

The call comes just a few days ahead the presentation of an updated policy, in which the European Commission has re-examined the role of the 27-nations bloc in the Arctic.

MEPs expressed concerns…

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