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EU’s contribution to sustainable Arctic increasing

The EU is making progress with its plans to develop research and sustainability in the Arctic region, the European Parliament heard during a plenary session this week.

On 17 April, Štefan Füle, the commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, told the Parliament: "Over the last decade, we have become the largest sponsor of Arctic research, with contributions of €20 million per year."

The European Commission will now focus on collaborating with researchers from the region under Horizon 2020, as well as the creation of a European Arctic Information Centre, said Füle. This centre is intended to be a network of 19 research institutions, based at the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, which would provide scientific information on the development of the Arctic region.

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